Graduation Day (1981) from Tuna
|Graduation Day (1981) is being released
under the Troma label. They are evidently acquiring some 70's and 80's
exploitation to augment their offerings. It is strictly a by-the-numbers
teen slasher story. A young track star falls down dead after she wins a
big race. Her sister returns on leave from the Navy to attend what would
have been her graduation, and accept her honors on her behalf. Many
blame the coach for the death, as he pushes all of his athletes very
hard. One by one, all the members of the track team are slaughtered. We
are supposed to suspect the sister, and then the coach.
Linnea Quigley shows breasts in a
scene where she tries to seduce a music teacher to get a passing
grade. Sometime stunt woman Denise Cheshire plays a
gymnast/track star, end shows breasts in a locker room, and then
is shaving her legs wearing panties and a sweater. Erica Hope
briefly shows her breasts in a dark scene running from the
DVD info from Amazon
The 4/3 transfer is decent
quality, and there is an interview with Linnea on the DVD.
The critics were harsh. One says that having Linnea
Quigley and Vanna White in the same cast should have been enough to
keep people away.
- with their dollars: amazingly, this was a
modest hit, grossing $24 million in 1980.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
this film is a D, but might be of interest to
fans of the stars.
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