Graduation Day

1981

Action / Horror / Mystery

20
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 18%
IMDb Rating 4.6 10 2451

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Cast

Vanna White as Doris
Christopher George as Coach George Michaels
Linnea Quigley as Dolores
Carmen Argenziano as Insp. Halliday
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755.00 MB
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23.976 fps
1hr 36 min
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English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 36 min
P/S 0 / 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Mr_Ectoplasma 5 / 10

The end of high school, or the end of your life

"Graduation Day" centers on a southern California high school where the track team's star athlete dies during a race. Her Navy sister arrives in town after the event, and the remaining track athletes begin getting picked off one by one leading up to the high school's graduation day.

An early follower of the slasher trend that dominated the early eighties, "Graduation Day" has the distinguishing element of being anchored in a significant event in any teenager's life—their graduation—but the truth is, the film could have realistically taken place at any point in the school year, as, save for one plot point, the graduation date plays a very insignificant role in the narrative. Its commitment to the "graduation day" event is more a spin on the slasher trend to set films on holidays or around significant cultural calendar dates; "Graduation Day" takes its cues from the following year's "Prom Night" rather significantly.

As much as the film is in imitator, that's not where its issues lie; rather, the film is styleless to a fault. Save some hokey synth pieces and a couple of effective POV shots, the film is aesthetically bland, and also suffers from distractingly sloppy editing that detracts from even the most tense of scenes. There are a handful of amusing and relatively violent murder scenes, but the general tonal pallidness of the film is ever present. Christopher George plays a sleazy coach here, with Patch Mackenzie who is mildly likable as the overbearing elder sister of the deceased track athlete. The finale has a couple of grotesque moments, but the showdown is ultimately anticlimactic, all things considered.

Overall, "Graduation Day" is one of the more middling slashers of its era; it's certainly not the worst, but it's not among the best either. There are a few moments that are worth seeing for genre completists and fans, but the film generally feels uninvolving and stylistically lazy. I'd recommend fans give it a go at least once, but it's one of the less memorable of its peers, and with good reason. 5/10.

Reviewed by liambl 1 / 10

Insultingly bad

A high school massacre takes place after the tragic death of a female track runner. Yeah, not the most interesting premise, but it could've turned out well if there was any effort put into it. What does this movie do wrong you may wonder, what doesn't it do wrong? What doesn't this movie do at all? I'll tell you, build tension or develop it characters. Yeah, who needs people you can care about, whether they die or not? Oh yeah, I guess that's all we wanna watch them do, die. The only character with, I guess, the most development is the deceased girl's older sister, who's name isn't that important enough to remember; honestly though, she is not the least bit interesting. With all that said, this is not the worst horror film ever, but I would definitely call it the worst slasher film of all time.

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 6 / 10

Silly, but delivers for slasher fans.

Laura Ramstead (Ruth Ann Llorens) is a high schooler competing in a track & field event; after completing a run, she drops dead (of a blood clot). Soon her sister Anne (Patch Mackenzie), an ensign in the U.S. Navy, returns home, and Anne does a little bit of sleuthing into the matter. And while this is going on, a psycho wearing a track suit and carrying around a stopwatch is slaughtering the other members of Lauras' track team. Could the killer be the hard-driving coach (Christopher George)? Someone on the team? Or even Anne herself? Slasher fans will have some fun waiting for the answer.

Written by Anne Marisse and director Herb Freed, this doesn't do much that's different from the average movie of this type. One amusing touch is that the killer uses the stopwatch every time they make a kill. Their methods are sometimes hilariously ingenious: rigging a mattress with spikes so that a pole vaulter will be impaled, ramming a javelin through a football and then skewering a jock with the javelin, etc. Makeup effects aren't the most elaborate or gory you'll see in a slasher, but they're decent. Linnea Quigley, in an early role, is unsurprisingly the cast member who fulfils the T & A requirement. There are other pleasures as well, such as the presence of 'Wheel of Fortune' hostess Vanna White (in real life she's Christopher Georges' niece), the fact that the secretary played by E.J. Peaker is actually named "Blondie" (!), the performance by Michael Pataki as the harried principal, etc. There's a major musical number from the band Felony that seems to go on for days while it accompanies a murder set piece.

The acting is serviceable for this sort of affair. Mackenzie isn't much of a protagonist, but George is fun, as are E. Danny Murphy as Lauras' grieving boyfriend, Richard Balin as the uber cheesy music teacher, Carmen Argenziano as an investigating detective, and Virgil Frye as a party pooping cop. If you recognize the lovely lady playing victim Paula Brentwood, that's because it's Linda Shayne, the B movie perennial whose credits include "Humanoids from the Deep" and "Screwballs".

Director Freed was absolutely no fan of this genre, but had a hard time escaping it (among his previous credits are "Haunts" and "Beyond Evil"). Convinced that the key to a successful slasher lay in a formula, he did study earlier slashers and take notes, then applying them to his movie.

The result is reasonably entertaining. Slasher completists will definitely want to put it on their "to watch" list.

Six out of 10.

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