Graduation Day (film)
|Directed by||Herb Freed|
|Produced by||David Baughn
|Written by||David Baughn
E. J. Peaker
E. Danny Murphy
|Music by||Arthur Kempel|
|Edited by||Martin Jay Sadoff|
|Distributed by||Troma Entertainment|
|May 1, 1981|
Laura (Ruth Ann Llorens), a female runner, is pushed by the crowd and her demanding coach . Apparently the pressure is too much for Laura who collapses right after crossing the finish line and breaking a 30 second 100 meter race. Upon examination by the coach and her teammates, Laura is dead. Some days later, Anne Ramstead (Patch Mackenzie), returning to town on leave from the U.S. Navy, is getting a ride into town from a sleazy truck driver. She asks to be dropped off when she sees a girl running by. The girl, Paula, runs into a wooded area with her earphones on.
After giving her statement to the police, Anne goes home that night and while sleeping in bed, sees the blooded and undead Kevin walking into her room with a hunting knife. Anne screams but stops when her mother walks in and turns on the lights. 'Kevin' is revealed only to be her drunken stepfather. Mrs. Ramstead takes her drunken husband out of the room, while Anne still lays in bed shaken clearly traumatized by her encounter with Kevin. The next morning, Anne says her goodbye to her mother and leaves town in a taxi to return to the Navy, showing the "Graduation Day" banner still up.
- Christopher George as Coach George Michaels
- Patch Mackenzie as Anne Ramstead
- Michael Pataki as Principal Guglione
- E. J. Peaker as Blondie
- E. Danny Murphy as Kevin Badger
- Denise Chesire as Sally
- Linnea Quigley as Dolores
- Billy Hufsey as Tony Fisk
- Tom Hintnaus as Peter
- Vanna White as Doris
- Karen Abbott as Joanne
- Linda Shayne as Paula Brentwood
- Richard Balin as Mr. Rodgers
- Carmen Argenziano as Inspector Halliday
- Virgil Frye as Officer MacGregor
- Carl Rey as Ralph Johnson
- Erica Hope as Diana
- Beverly Dixon as Elaine Ramstead
- Hal Bokar as Roland Corliss
Troma Entertainment released the film on VHS through Media Pictures. It received international distribution.
Troma Team Video released the film on DVD in 2000 and a special "Troma Retro" edition in 2009.
It was released on Blu-ray as Number 01 of 88 Films' "Slasher Classics Collection" series on October 13 2014.
The film grossed $23,894,000 in the U.S. against its $250,000 budget, making it a box office success.