Graduation Day (1981)

Graduation Day (1981) movie poster

director  Herb Freed
viewed: 07/07/2018

Stylish editing and sound design highlight Graduation Day, an above-average classic era slasher. Yeah, and groovy disco intro.

As the title indicates, it’s the end of the school year for these Midvale High seniors. Seniors, who despite living out the  last couple days of high school,  are practicing off-season sports and getting killed accordingly by a mystery revenge-seeker in gray sweats and a fencing mask.

Richard Balin as Mr. Roberts the music teacher is fab, a little bit lounge singer, a little bit Paul Lynde. And Patch Mackenzie really reminded me of Jennifer Lynch.

Despite one of the worst fake-outs on who’s the killer, it’s an entertaining ride, if vaguely overlong.

The killer’s telltale bedroom is also kind of funny.  “Jeez, so-and-so, you really like weaponry, don’t you?”

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