This is year two for this post and this one is kind of special to me.This movie is not very good but this was the first post of mine to ever get tweeted and facebooked and be – I don’t know – it kind of made me feel good like – I had let myself into the party and now someone was talking to me. Back when I published this the first time, I didn’t really know what I was doing and only a couple of people ever looked at my stuff and that was fine with me because – the idea behind this originally-a-web-page was just for me and Lem to put things out about movies we’d seen (and – ahem – ahem – urm – tug collar – Lem never really – ahem – erm – “had time to write anything” – love you man) so I got x number of hits a day and that was all fun. I always work through the holidays because, for my job, it’s better if I am “on the wall” preventing problems than if I take vacation, but I do like to take off the 31st and 1st, not just because there’s good football on TV (FOOTball TYSON) but I have probably just worked my ass off for a month.
I remember I slept in and watched this in bed and then got up did some typing and went back to bed and watched JULIA’S EYES. So I spent almost an entire day in bed which I haven’t done since I was around 15. It was bliss. Anyway, I remember I wrote and published this and went back to bed and watched “J.E.” and then we went to our N.Y.E. party we always go to and ended up looking something like this (in green):
and got up the next day to find that I had almost 150 hits and referrals from Twitter and FB on my New Years Evil post. I am the kind of guy who would be happy and eternally grateful with ONE hit, so that really blew my mind. 150 people read my shit???? WHAT??? HUH??? Anyway, this post has always made me very happy, even though the movie is shitty. Since then we’ve grown a lot here and I’ve made lots of friends (my wife can and will attest to the fact that I am actually a real shy fucker when it comes to stranger danger and she’s even said she’s proud of me for interacting with people like this) and such and interact with people and all of that so I like to think that this post kind of propelled me to go make friends and be social. So anyway, here’s some tissues and let’s get on with the second annual posting of NEW YEAR’S EVIL (with some pics)!
This is kind of funny, for those of you that look at my blog. Several years ago, my friend and I, at work, used to use our quaint internal instant messaging platform that only had a few icons to choose from, one of them being a top hat. I went to a movie one New Years Day (I don’t remember what it was, I am pretty sure it was the most recent Start Trek by JJ Abrams) and when we came back to work the next day he asked me how my weekend was and all that. I told him about the movie and advised that it was so good he should get dressed up real nice and even wear a top hat when he goes to see it, that in fact it was “four top hat” worthy, which started this whole thing, ha ha. Well here we are with 2012 looming and I hope everyone has a prosperous new year that is Mayan Calendar Doomsday free!
I missed this one when I was a kid – this jump on the bandwagon of new slasher films, after F13 and Halloween made them super popular, but I watched it today, in honor of the holiday and I really didn’t miss too much, honestly. The acting in this is LOL bad – I mean for real, I have absolutely no idea why they cast the lead, someone named Roz Kelly, because she sure didn’t do it well as the host of a televised call-in program supporting “New Wave Rock and Roll”. The guy that played her kid, Grant Kramer was really awful, especially when he was crying and wrapping his mom’s pantyhose around his head.
The slasher in this is played by Kip Niven, and I have to say he did do a pretty decent job chameleoning around Southern California, picking up chicks and offing them in a variety of ways, but the sound was terrible (especially since there is “new wave rock and roll” playing almost constantly), the outfits were stupid, the hair feathered and script pretty lame. It was also actually a little bit too long for this type of thing and I started kind of getting antsy for it to be over, but, oh well – Happy New Year’s Evil! I guess I should give some credit to the “theme song”: New Year’s Evil performed by a band called Shadow – it’s actually kind of catchy, but I hope it doesn’t stay stuck in my head for much longer.
So Roz is the host of the countdown show called, yes, New Year’s Evil, and she goes by “Blaze”. She has encouraged callers to call in and vote for their favorite “new wave” rock song of the year, but she gets an unexpected surprise when some man calls in and, using a pitiful voice manipulator, announces that ”His name is EEEEEVVVIILLLL” and he is going to murder someone at the stroke of midnight for each time zone across the U.S. At first they think he is some “new wave rock and roll” quack, until he calls back with a video taped recording of him stabbing the nurse he quickly seduced at the local sanitarium. Now they’re taking him seriously and an hour later he’s killed another couple of dames, one by stuffing her head in a giant bag of marijuana and suffocating her, the other by hiding in a trash dumpster, tricking her into opening the door and I think she got the knife.
As he heads towards the Mountain Time Zone New Years, he runs afoul of a motorcycle gang and they chase him around the city – as his time is running out. Luckily he hides in a Drive-In where the Herschell Gordon Lewis movie Blood Feast is playing. Lucky for him, next to his car, a couple of teens are making out and smoking dope, so he commandeers the car and steals off with the topless chick who pleads for him to let her go – “and they could even get it on” if he wants. Well I guess he doesn’t want to get down and, due to some timely interference by a couple of screaming drunk dudes, she gets away.
Just like this movie which ran too long, it appears this write-up is heading down the same path, so let’s wrap this up. The killer is who you probably think it is, there’s a big show down on a rooftop and they set it up for a sequel which doesn’t appear to have happened. I mean, this movie isn’t too bad, but the sound sucks and it would probably be better watching on New Year’s Eve on the couch with a case of beer in the fridge than in the bed with the cat on a Friday morning.
Happy New Year!