VIDEO FEED: 'New Year's Evil' (1980)

posted Thursday Dec 31st, 2015

Ah, New Year's Eve, what a perfect night for MURDER. We're back with the esteemed VIDEO FEED this week featuring one of the all-time classics of the late 70s-eraly 80s slasher film genre, and possibly the only NYE-themed horror film, New Year's Evil from 1980. Starring Roz Kelly in the lead role as the host of a NYE countdown concert featuring New Wave act Made in Japan as well as metal slashers Shadow in their maiden film and musical performances, but unbeknownst to Kelly' there's a killer on the loose, who is attempting to murder one new victim at the strike of each hour of the countdown.

As each hour eclipses, the sadistic killer makes good on his promise, calling into the NYE show and disguising his voice with each annoyingly ridiculous act, even managing to kill one of his victims by suffocating her with a giant bag of weed. Yes, you read that correctly, and that's just one of the little nuances that make this seasonal favorite such a classic, not to mention the "killer" soundtrack and sparse live clips of both Made in Japan, who embody a raunchy Buzzcocks-meets-Paul Collins Beat manic power pop sound, as well as the throbbing metallic squeal of Shadow. It's pretty much the ultimate New Year's Eve-themed punk/metal film of all time, considering it's got zero competition! Keep an eye out for the official Made in Japan archival 7" release (featuring "Instant Hit" and "You Never Had it So Good" circa 1979) coming out next month on HoZac Records Archival division, as well.

So without further delay, kick back and pop this film into full-screen mode and pull up a seat for New Year's Evil, it may be finally taken down from Netflix streaming service, but lucky for you, we've got the entire film, right here...!

Check out the Made in Japan track "Dumb Blondes" from the film right here:

Check out the rare B-side of the Shadow promo-only 45 right here: