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Bloody New Year - Blu-ray

Because making sense is so overrated!

Director Norman J. Warren's Bloody New Year might not ever make a whole hell of a lot of sense, but it sure is fun.  Time loops are like that, I suppose.  But when six friends arrive on an island with an abandoned hotel on it, they have no idea what to expect.  Are they alone or what?  Things are out of place, move on their own, and, while watching old black and white movies in an abandoned theater, the actors pop out of the screen to kill everyone. 

Wait!  What exactly is going on here?  Because this celluloid madness isn’t the projectionist’s fault. 

"While I am still not sure of what exactly it is that Bloody New Year is trying to say, it sure is a lot of goofy fun."

Warren, who previously gave audiences Satan’s Slave and Alien Prey, goes for the jugular here as two young adults find themselves terrorized by the sound of canned laughter following them and disappearing footprints on the beach before explosions and downed aircraft disturb what once was a peaceful day.

Loopy and more than a little inspired by The Evil Dead, the British made low budget shocker Bloody New Year – in all its demented glory – arrives on blu-ray thanks to the restoration efforts by Vinegar Syndrome.  This is not a gory film by any stretch of the imagination and maybe it could have used some, but what we do have here is an interesting idea for a movie that, maybe cursed by one too many directions, just decides to be happiest being strange. I mean, snow in a hotel room?  Alright, I’ll bite.

The film opens at a wild carnival.  We see lots and lots of young people having fun and, hilariously enough, surviving a tilt-a-whirl collapse.  In the movie, the accident is made hilarious as the actors are seen throwing themselves off the ride. Anyway, we get a chase sequence and a fun ride through a haunted house before the movie, already mixing eras with the 1950s, settles on the tale of six friends who get shipwrecked on a island by the carnival where an isolated hotel is all dressed up for Christmas in 1959.  Except it isn’t Christmas.  And it sure as hell isn’t 1959 either. 

But, hey, at least they escaped the three bullies at the Fun Fair.  Or did they?Bloody New Year - Blu-ray

The kids, now making themselves at home in the hotel, assume they are alone.  They can see no other people at the hotel.  Thing is, there are other people there and they are trapped in 1959.  And, as the terror time warp closes in on itself, the two dimensions will meet with murderous results.  With rocking music from Nick Magnus and Cry No More, Bloody New Year maintains its irreverent tone from beginning to end. 

While I am still not sure of what exactly it is that Bloody New Year is trying to say, it sure is a lot of goofy fun.  Come to the place where fistfights where ghosts, zombie babes, Scooby Doo-like monsters, and strange noises are the norm! 

The mysterious hotel in Bloody New Year is now open to the public!

4 beers

Bloody New Year - Blu-ray

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
90 mins
: Norman J. Warren
Frazer Pearce
Suzy Aitchison, Nikki Brooks, Daniel James
: Horror
Should old acquaintance be forgot? Or just brutally murdered.
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January 1, 2019
Synopsis: 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…

Bloody New Year - Blu-ray


Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Vinegar Syndrome
Available on Blu-ray
- January 1, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
: English SDH
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set; DVD copy
Region Encoding: Region-free playback

Vinegar Syndrome presents this newly scanned and restored 2K presentation of Bloody New Year on blu-ray with great results.  The region free Blu-ray/DVD combo looks incredible.  Black levels are consistent and so, too, are the colors.  The new 1080p transfer is crisp with defined edges. Colors are vivid and fine details are noticeable. Skin tones are warm. Occasionally, the red tones overcompensate in some areas, but a sharp-looking release nonetheless. This was filmed in the daylight, so keep that in mind as the detail in the woods is nice.  The faithful English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is an incredible accompaniment to the feature.



  • As a bonus, fans are treated to feature length commentary track with director Norman J. Warren.

Special Features:

Newly scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm archival elements, this region free Blu-ray/DVD combo comes with commentary from the filmmaker, reversible cover art, and a limited edition slipcover release designed by Earl Kessler.

  • Warren Commentary
  • Reversible Artwork

Bloody New Year - Blu-ray

Bloody New Year - Blu-ray

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