Another routine mad-slasher film, NEW YEAR'S EVIL stars Kip Niven as a mental patient who hasn't had a very good year and vents his frustration by killing one person per hour on New Year's Eve. Kelly (of TV's "Happy Days") is the disc jockey who is hosting a coast-to-coast punk rock video
party on the murderous evening. Niven, identifying himself only as "Evil," calls repeatedly to tell her about his latest executions. In the climax Niven crashes the party and tries to do in poor Kelly with an elevator. This strictly paint-by-numbers effort is further sabotaged by the grating,
so-called punk rock performances--actually heavy metal--that pad out the running time.