Bloody New Year – UK, 1986

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‘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 feature film directed by Norman J. Warren (Satan’s Slave; Terror; Inseminoid) from a screenplay co-written with Frazer Pearce.

The Hayden Pearce produced 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:

Bloody New Year’s biggest flaw is in actually attempting to find an explanation for the goings-on on Grand Island. While I’m prepared to accept that the crashing of an experimental plane might somehow be able to produce a time warp, I can’t really see how it could possibly turn a fishing net feral, or cause a table to sprout a monster from its midriff.” And You Call Yourself a Scientist!

“While Bloody New Year is a serviceably fun offering from Norman J. Warren, it doesn’t quite deliver all the mayhem and bloodshed we deserve. Sure, it has its moments, but the mood is never quite right. The hotel isn’t creepy or surreal enough…” Bleeding Skull!

“The film is missing several elements that make these ’80s bloodbaths fun […] 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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“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 swan song (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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“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…” Oh, the Horror!

” …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.” 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.” 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.” Obscure Cinema 101

” …the movie never makes up it’s mind what it wants to be and quickly turns into a muddled mess […] not a whole lot of Bloody New Year makes much sense but it does have a few WTF moments that liven things up. There is one pretty cool scene where a chick gets sucked into an elevator wall as well as a random ass seaweed monster attack.” The Video Vacuum

Cast and characters:

  • Suzy Aitchison … Lesley
  • Nikki Brooks … Janet
  • Daniel James … Spud (as Colin Heywood)
  • Mark Powley … Rick
  • Catherine Roman … Carol
  • Julian Ronnie … Tom
  • Steve Emerson … Dad
  • Steve Wilsher … Ace
  • Jon Glentoran … The Bear
  • Val Graham … Housemaid
  • David Lyn … Interviewer
  • Rory H. MacLean … 1st Expert
  • Nick Dowsett … 2nd Expert
  • Steve Edison … Film Invader
  • Roy Hill … Flying Cadillacs
  • Chas Cronk … Cry No More band member
  • Tony Fernandez … Cry No More band member
  • Jenny Bayliss … Madame Zelda
  • Ian May … Pilot
  • Paul Barrett … Table Monster
  • Victoria Smith … Snowball Girl

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One Comment on “Bloody New Year – UK, 1986”

  1. Said it before, say it again. Warren is the perfect example of “great ideas, terrible execution.” Was honestly watching this the other day and was reminded of how even the simplest effects in this film aren’t done well.

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