Scream Factory Review – New Year’s Evil Blu-ray

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Happy New Year’s Evil! Forget January 1st, February 24th is apparently the horror-thriller new year with the Scream Factory release of New Year’s Evil. This film was considered something of a throwback or homage even when it was new (in 1980) and not terribly well regarded. Time, however, has improved ‘EVILs’ standing as a campy little time capsule and it’s amusement value. Let’s take a look:

New Year’s Evil (Click the title to order)

The Film:

It’s new year’s eve and punk rocker Diane Sullivan is having a big countdown party in a club. She’s taking requests when a man calls in and tells her that he’s going to murder someone when it strikes midnight in each time zone all across the country. They take it for a prank until midnight strikes EST and a nurse is killed across town. Then they are in a race against time to unmask the killer

This was an early production of Globus/ Golan and their now famous/infamous Cannon Group. It is low-brow production that more or less steals a lot of scenes from earlier 70’s gory thrillers. Even so it’s pretty entertaining. Big hair, bright costumes, and too much makeup give the film a retro style and pull attention from the hit and miss dialogue. Clichés of the era give the movie a fascinating dated-plot interest when watched today.

The Disc:

Scream Factory secured a hi-def transfer that I am sure is far better than this film has ever looked before; including, most probably, its initial release. You will not be disappointed with their continued commitment to preserving these films. There is also a director’s commentary and an extensive ‘Making of’ featurette. The reverse cover features alternate art for the film.

The Features:

  • Audio Commentary with director Emmett Alston
  • The Making of New Year’s Evil featuring new interviews with actors Kip Niven, Grant Cramer and Taaffe O’Connell and director of photography Thomas Ackerman
  • Theatrical Trailer

The Specs:

1080p Hi-Def widescreen 1.78:1

DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

English-only Audio & Subtitles

Original Release: 1980

Runtime: 90 minutes

Rated R


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Adam RuhlScream Factory Review – New Year’s Evil Blu-ray