New Year’s Evil (1980)

New Year's Evil (film) - Wikipedia

Viewing Date: 1/6/22

Starring: Kip Nevin, Roz Kelly, Chris Wallace


New Year’s Eve is on it’s way and TV’s most famous punk-rock lady icon Diane Sullivan is holding a late hour countdown celebration of music and partying. All is going well until Diane receives a phone call from a odd sounding stranger announcing on live Television that when New Year’s strikes in each time zone, a ‘Naughty Girl’ will be murdered (punished), and the killer leaves a threat saying she will be the one to die last. The studio crew takes precautions and heighten security, but when the East Coast hits midnight, a hospital nurse is found brutally butchered. Who could be behind these murders? A crazed fan, a religious psychotic, or perhaps it’s someone much closer to Diane then the police (or audience) could have ever expected. (via IMDB, with corrections)


  • A call into the radio station
  • Punks acting disorderly
  • Say “New Year’s Eve” or “New Year’s Evil”
  • Switchblade or switchcomb
  • A new genre of music is played


  • “I always come well equipped.” “I’ll bet you do…”
  • “It was a real swinger.”
  • “I can hear your heart beating. I don’t like that.”

What We Learned

  • The best way to start your first shift on a new job is with a bottle of champagne
  • Transandental Meditation gets rid of nervous diarrhea
  • When a girl doesn’t have a date on New Year’s Eve, she’s in shit city.
  • You can kill someone with a big bag of weed
  • Police uniforms were highly adjustable in the 80’s

Final Take

It’s always a roll of the dice when attempting holiday-themed bad movies. No surprise, but the genre the most often attempts the holiday bad movies (Hallmark Channel Christmas movies aside), is horror.

New Year’s Evil might be considered an 80’s horror classic by some (not many though- it is 14% on rotten tomatoes). The twist at the end wasn’t that much of a twist, and we could see the son would come into play from the constant rejection by his mother, but the “killing at each time zone” was an interesting device and the disguises and effort by the killer / husband added to the enjoyment. Not a great movie, but over the top enough with terrible acting and absurd twists made it fun. Need to call out specifically the part of the movie where the killer disguised himself as a priest, and then careless instigates a chase / fight with a biker gang.

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