Graduation Day (film)

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Graduation Day
Graduation Day DVD Cover.jpg
DVD Cover
Directed by Herb Freed
Produced by David Baughn
Herb Freed
Hal Schwartz
Written by David Baughn
Herb Freed
Anne Marisse
Starring Christopher George
Patch Mackenzie
E. J. Peaker
E. Danny Murphy
Michael Pataki
Richard Balin
Carmen Argenziano
Virgil Frye
Beverly Dixon
Hal Bokar
Linnea Quigley
Denise Chesire
Billy Hufsey
Tom Hintnaus
Carl Rey
Karen Abbott
Vanna White
Music by Arthur Kempel
Cinematography Daniel Yarussi
Edited by Martin Jay Sadoff
Troma Entertainment
Distributed by Troma Entertainment
Release dates
May 1, 1981
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250,000 (estimated)
Box office $23,894,000

Graduation Day is a 1981 cult slasher film, directed by Herb Freed and produced by Troma Entertainment for Columbia Pictures.


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.


Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie gave the film an unfavorable review, opining that it is "More notable for the few early star appearances and music numbers than any horror-tinged moment".[1]


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.

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $23,894,000 in the U.S. against its $250,000 budget, making it a box office success.


  1. ^ Jeremy Wheeler. "Graduation Day (1981)". Allmovie. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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