Graduation Day (1981)

Directed by Herb Freed.  Written by Freed and Anne Marisse.  Starring Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, E. Danny Murphy, Michael Pataki, E.J. Peaker, Richard Balin, Virgil Frye, Linnea Quigley and Vanna White.

Plot: Laura Ramstead dies tragically after a track meet, then, later on, the rest of the track team are stalked and killed.

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The premise is hilariously weak.  See, Laura is pushed by her coach, Coach Michaels (George) and runs too hard and dies after crossing the finish line.  Then, Laura’s sister, Anne (Mackenzie) comes home for graduation day to receive a trophy in her sister’s honor.  She’s very upset of course, as is Kevin (Murphy) who was Laura’s boyfriend, but looks about 35.  It’s hilarious.

Anyway, Coach Michaels is terribly antagonistic, pushing everyone as hard as he can.  He’s quite a ridiculous character.  There are a lot of boobs.  A lot.  The specials are horrible.  And it’s very inconsistent shot-to-shot.  One minute you’re at a party, the next you’re outside talking about sex, then you’re back in the party and then you’re out in the woods.  Like, Just FLOW!!!

There’s also a really long song sequence by a “real” band that could be cut down like 15 minutes.  The innovation sucks.  And it’s unrealistic.  We don’t recommend.

Our score: 21.

2 thoughts on “Graduation Day (1981)

  1. This was churned out when way too many slasher films were being churned. Some made the mark, others were so bad they became cult classics, and others were just terrible. This was definitely one of the terrible ones, unable to be saved by Vanna White.

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