Slasher movies love to take advantage of a particular holiday. "My Bloody Valentine", "April Fools Day", "Silent Night, Deadly Night"-the list goes on really. Well, since it's New Year's Day, let's take a look at this 1980 entry that deals with that holiday, produced by none other than Globus and Galen.
It's time for the year to end, and who better to host the festivities than Diane "Blaze" Sullivan (Roz Kelly, aka Pinky Tuscadero herself), a clearly aging, wanna be "New Wave" Dick Clark? Well, it seems that someone's killing people whenever the clock hits midnight in each timezone, and he's letting Sullivan know this-and that she's on the shitlist.
To be fair, "New Years Evil" does have two fairly suspenseful scenes (a girl being pursued by the killer in the woods and an effective bit with an elevator), and its hard not to appreciate the nods it makes to other genre films-including a double bill of "Blood Bath" and "Blood Feast", the clear ode to biker films. As a whole though, it's a pretty bad movie. The "New Wave" music ranges from really bad Punk Rock to the title song, which is more Heavy Metal than anything else. It's also a rather dull affair, with no really interesting kills on display, and two of them being off screen. Then there's the killer's motive, which is pretty much your typical "I hate women" bullshit.
Then there's the character of Diane, whose not the least bit sympathetic, and doesn't even get a good "Final Girl" moment. In fact, she's just a vapid, shallow celebrity who offers nothing in the way of interesting characterization, yet somehow I'm supposed to care about her. It doesn't help that Roz Kelly (as well as pretty much everyone else here) does a pretty bad job here, though in her defense, she isn't really given very much to work with.
In the world of 80's slasher movies, "New Year's Evil" isn't one of the worst entries, but it's far from one of the best. Unless you happen to be a hardcore slasher fan, there isn't any reason to see this.