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Bloody New Year (1987)

  Tags: 80's, bloody new year, Catherine Roman, cheesy, Colin Heywood, Julian Ronnie, Mark Powley, Nikki Brooks, Norman J. Warren, Steve Wilsher, Suzy Aitchison

Your rating: None Average: 4 (1 vote)
Reviewer Rating: 
4

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Rating #: 
4/10
Director: 
Norman J. Warren
Runtime: 
90 minutes
Cast: 
Suzy Aitchison, Nikki Brooks, Colin Heywood, Mark Powley, Catherine Roman, Julian Ronnie, Steve Wilsher


I decided to check this flick after some people on my message board said it wasn't too bad, but clearly those nameless individuals were on something at the time, because this far from being a good movie. Sure it's interesting and has a somewhat original plot coming from the decade, but that doesn't make up for its lack of budget, lame acting and incredibly bad choreography. I found this to be more of a comedy than a horror flick, because there was scene after scene of hilariously bad sequences, and not to mention the fact that they reused some of the same frames during certain scenes to make it seem like more was happening than it really was. Ah, the 80s.

So lets go over what some would consider a "plot" where I would refer to as 4th-grade-scriptwriting, the story is basically about a group of British teens that flee a carnival after a scuffle with some thugs. They make way through the ocean on one of their small sailboats, which eventually gets wrecked and leaves the teens stranded on a seemingly remote island. Upon investigating the area, they discover a small motel with a Christmas tree, among other things, put up, despite the fact that it's in the middle of summer. Not only do the misplaced decorations catch the group's attention, but also the fact that they feel someone or something is on the island and has their sights set on them. It doesn't take long before each person in the group disappears/dies, leaving the remaining group to wonder if the motel is haunted or if the guys from the carnival have somehow made their way to the island.

I could tell from the start that this movie was gonna be nothing more than something to laugh at. There were just too many obviously fake fight scenes and the directing was incredibly amateurish. This movie was just too jumbled with things that it seemed like it didn't know whether it wanted to be a haunted house-type flick or a slasher-of-sorts. I could spend all day going over the many plot-holes, but I'm not going to waste any further of my time. All I can say is that the ending is one of the most half-assed explanations to the reasoning behind all the madness than I've seen in quite some time. Despite all my negative comments, it's still an interesting watch if you don't take it seriously and laugh at its stupidity.

A good movie to watch to experience how bad, but also unintentionally entertaining, a cheesy 80's horror film can be. Don't bother unless you're in need of a cheesy horror fix.

Posted on October 22, 2009 - 9:02pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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