Bloody New Year – UK, 1986

‘The last day of the year… or the last day of your life!’

Bloody New Year  aka Time Warp Terror – is a 1986 (released 1987) British horror film directed by Norman J. Warren (Satan’s Slave; Terror; Inseminoid) from a screenplay by Frazer Pearce. It was produced by Hayden Pearce.

The movie stars Suzy Aitchison, Nikki Brooks, Colin Heywood, Mark Powley, Catherine Roman and Julian Ronnie.

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Plot:

Five shipwrecked English teenagers take refuge in an island hotel that is decorated ready for New Year’s celebrations. The problem is, it’s early summer, and soon enough, even the walls themselves are striking out against them…

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Reviews:

“The film is missing several elements that make these ’80s bloodbaths fun. The film is nudity-free; a surprising development, considering the director is renowned for lewd exploitation. And it’s not that gory. Aside from a few memorable shots—particularly the fist through the sternum and chopped-off arm — Bloody New Year relies mainly on its all-out craziness to generate scares.” David Johnson, DVD Verdict

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” … like a string of WTF in the shape of a roller coaster. I’m not sure they even stopped to think while filming it. There’s certainly no reason to stop and think while watching it. It simply rushes you through scenes of ever escalating weirdness while employing creative (sometimes shoddy) DIY special effects that look like they were conceived of the day before shooting (by a genius). It’s like Jean Cocteau mixed with British children’s sci-fi programming and an episode of The Twilight Zone.” 30 Days of Horror

“I’ve never seen a movie give away all of it’s jump scares with the score before, but Bloody New Year does.” John Schatzer, Gutmunchers.com 

Bloody New Year is wrong on so many levels, and by no means showcases director Norman J. Warren’s unique talents or prove a suitable swansong (he hasn’t directed since), but it’s incredibly imaginative for a film that clearly cost about sixty quid, and is enormously good fun, which is what it’s all about, really, isn’t it?” Island of Terror

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“Warren’s schlock roots also don’t completely forgive the amateurish production; this might not be a cheap 80s slasher in content, but it is one in almost every other respect, from the thick acting to the unimaginative camerawork. Even something like Inseminoid had pretty decent photography and production values (relatively speaking). All Bloody New Year can boast is a kitschy atmosphere and a well-worn concept involving a perpetual time warp, an old Twilight Zone standby…” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!

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“There are some well-crafted murders, including a head being turned fully around by a possessed girl, and another character being sucked into the back wall of an elevator as if it were another realm. But the dime store make-up, with its fright wigs and putty scars, as well as a climactic scene that has the survivors clinging to a moving billiards table amongst a room full of ghostly beings, just come off amateurish, resembling an early MTV video trying to emulate Argento’s stormy style of colorful lighting and violence.” George R. Reis, DVD Drive-In

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“Ham handed acting rounds out this crapfest, making this an official beer night film to enjoy with all of your soused friends.” Casey Criswell, Cinema Fromage

“It’s an aimless excuse for a supernatural thriller, despite some scenes that manage to be fun. It really feels like he made a movie just for the sake of making a movie: no vision, no direction, little fun. It feels like by the time shooting commenced, Warren only had only written half the script, and the rest was made up on the spot as they went along. While in some cases that would lead to an unintentionally fun time, here, it’s all pretty bland.” James Oxyer, Obscure Cinema 101

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Buy: Amazon.com

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Image credits: VHS Collector, Island of Terror and 30 Days of Horror for some images above.

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