Bloody New Year (1986) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Norman J. Warren
STARRING: Suzy Aitchison, Nikki Brooks, Daniel James
RATED: UR/REGION O/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Vinegar Syndrome
After finding themselves stranded on a remote island, a group of young friends discover that the only structure is an old hotel which seems inexplicably stuck in 1959 and, stranger still, has up Christmas and New Year’s decorations despite it being the middle of summer. As the youngsters take shelter for the evening, increasingly weird events begin to occur, as each of the hotel’s unexpected guests meets a gruesome fate…
If you have never seen Bloody New Year then it is kind of a hard one to explain. It’s not that the plot is that complicated by any means, it’s just this is one darn strange movie. We’re over in England and when some England kids stop some bad dudes from bulling an American girl at a fair it begins and brawl and chase that ends with them on a boat and then at a very weird and haunted hotel. Everything in the place is from 1959 including the apparent ghosts that haunt it. The movie has some slow spots in it here and there but I think the time you spend just trying to make sense of some of the things that happen more than makeup for it. It isn’t the bloodies film you’ll see, which sucks because the movie is called Blood New Year, but the eerie and creepy factor is turned up very high and it helps drive it to the finish line.
We have singing ghosts, sinkholes, ghouls, people popping up and crashing through upstairs windows amongst other random things with a whole lot of screaming and a bit of overacting all in the same film. I’m not sure I’d call the characters we see here the most likable or smartest people I’ve ever seen in a horror film but it all still works and makes for a movie that might just be the best New Years Eve horror film since New Year’s Evil does sort of suck. I’ve owned the VHS of this movie for years so I’m very happy to see it come to Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome. It packs a transfer that is still damaged from the only elements they could find but it never really bothers you while you watch and is still a very solid transfer. Other than that we have a commentary from the director but that is the only extra.
– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
– Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm archival elements
– Commentary track with director Norman J. Warren
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH subtitles
Happy New Year Vinegar Syndrome style! Limited edition slipcover release designed by Earl Kessler. Edition size = 3,000. Limit one per customer. Most likely to be repressed as a standard edition in late 2019 or early 2020.
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 90%