Today we look into the beautiful film Bloody New Year, a reminder of my faded youth.
Friends take refuge in an island hotel decorated for New Year. The problem is, it's early summer, and soon enough, even the walls themselves are striking out against them.
So I've been busy with the holidays and all that jazz. So with that being said, I have a terrific horror film to discuss here today. Basically, it's a New Years' version of Black Christmas but done in a weird way that everything seems slightly off with it. Like these people go to an island to celebrate on an island but yet it's the summertime. Before I get too deep into this film, you must know that it's a British film and a take on the great films of the '50s like Castle films and all that good stuff.
I love the concept of straight to video movies. It bypasses all that junk in theatres. It's a straight-to-video film so that in itself makes it a bit of an oddity, in my opinion.
You might be asking yourself, just what is the plot of this fantastic film? In 1959, a group of partygoers celebrated New Year's Eve at the Grand Island Hotel before mysteriously vanishing. Decades later, a group of teenagers are spending the day at a seaside funfair when a group of bad dudes with bad tudes start messing with an American named Carol. They come across the hotel, which appears deserted; the lobby is adorned with Christmas decorations, even though it is July. This reminded me of pretty much anything like a Hallmark Movie. They rescue Carol and escape the thugs by taking a boat out to sea, only to run aground and end up stranded on Grand Island.
I remember watching this film as a kid at a party my family was invited to. They were friends of my parents, from England, and they had it on VHS, and I was hooked. It's honestly one of those films you can watch and just have a good time.
It has all the basic tropes of what makes for a good movie. I legit love this movie, all from the performances by the talented actors such as Suzy Aitchison and Nikki Brooks, to which growing up, I had such a massive crush on them. I'm not ashamed to admit that they were my first real crushes next to that lady from the Where's the Beef ads.
Now, I'm not going to ruin it for you with all that spoilers and stuff. Cause I honestly think you'll enjoy it. But though the film is based on the schlock of the 50s. You'll absolutely love just why this all has happened? Because a plane was transporting an experimental cloaking device for the military.
It's a neat little film with a lot of heart, a meager budget, and a cast and crew that honestly loved what they were making. Though the critics really hated this film, a good majority of them did. I don't care. This film holds a special place in my heart, a place that honestly makes me want to find a small one-horse town to call my own.
This film will always remind me of the New Years' season because of my childhood. This film and the series Red Dwarf, and even the Twilight Zone...the good Twilight Zone.
I want to thank you all for being such amazing people and making the community something special for this new year. Before I joined this excellent site and met all of you beautiful people, I felt truly lost in my life. I was a wandering soul just trying to find a place to call my own. Then, I found this site and its creator; I started writing incredible stories and met many beautiful people.
What I'm trying to say is thank you for allowing me to share my favorite and worst films that I've ever watched in my life. Thank you for being supportive, and thank you for being such beautiful friends. Let's make 2022 the best year yet. Your friend in time Miles Davis. Stay tuned for my next review which will be a good one, I swear.