1980 Slasher Film ‘New Year’s Evil’ Set for April 12 Blu-ray Disc Release

Kino Lorber on April 12 will release the vintage slasher film New Year’s Evil on Blu-ray Disc.

The film, issued under the indie film distributor’s Studio Classics line, was released theatrically in 1980 by Cannon Films. The film stars Roz Kelly as Diane “Blaze” Sullivan, a Los Angeles punk rock and new wave show host who gets a barrage of phone calls during a televised New Year’s Eve celebration from a killer warning her that he plans to commit a string of murders just as the New Year dawns in each time zone.

Kelly is best known as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli’s (Henry Winkler) girlfriend Carol “Pinky” Tuscadero in the 1970s TV series “Happy Days.”

New Year’s Evil was written and directed by Emmett Alston and co-written by Leonard Neubauer. Kip Niven and Chris Wallace co-star. 

The film was initially released on Blu-ray Disc in 2015 by Shout! Factory. Kino Lorber’s new edition features a 2K master and a host of extras, including audio commentary by Alston and a making-of documentary.

A 35mm print of New Year’s Evil played at Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles in December 2018.