Classic Trailer Park: New Year’s Evil

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For our Classic Trailer Park series, we’re going to highlight effective genre movie trailers.  While these clips are highlighted, this doesn’t necessarily speak to the quality of the film itself, only the effectiveness of the preview.  Some films have excellent trailers but the film is terrible like The Nightmare on Elm Street remake, while for others, the opposite can be true like the original Friday the 13th.

With New Years Eve upon us it’s only fitting that we highlight the classic slasher, NEW YEAR’S EVIL. No one on God’s green Earth will argue that this movie is subpar and predictable. Released in 1980 at the height of the HALLOWEEN-clone phase, NEW YEAR’S EVIL is such a product of it’s time that I wonder why we haven’t been gifted with a remake or sequel. The story centers on TV host, Blaze, who serves as the Dick Clark/Ryan Seacrest NYE countdown host for a punk/new wave broadcast special. She’s recently separated from her husband, neglects her son, and to make matters worse she’s been receiving unsettling phone calls from a stranger who promises to kill someone at midnight for each time zone.

If you’re looking for a hidden gem or a classic horror with groundbreaking effects or even memorable kill scenes, then NEW YEAR’S EVIL isn’t for you. However, if you want a film to feel familiar in the sense that it’s borrowed key elements from better films or a movie that doesn’t beg a lot of attention from the viewer then this movie is for you. However, I will give the movie credit for having a protagonist portrayed by a woman over the age of 30 during the onslaught of teen blonde women being chased by a guy with a knife. Progress?

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