After movies like Halloween and Friday the 13th were introduced to the world, it seemed like every holiday or otherwise special day (birthday, prom... you get it) was up for grabs to be made into a horror film. Some were pretty good, others boringly bad. Graduation Day is one of the bad ones.
The movie begins with several badly composed shots of high school kids competing in a track meet. This culminates in one girl, Laura, from our home team crossing the finish line first - and then dropping dead of a blood clot. Not too long later, it is almost graduation day for the rest of Laura's team and her sister Anne comes back into town for the ceremony. But before the big day, several team members are systematically hunted down and killed.
To put it straight to you, I didn't like this movie. At all. It's like super ultra low budget, has the typical cheesy acting like most of these movies have, and the kill quotient barely even registers on my enjoyability scale. Usually there's some element about these movies that makes it fun to watch but with this one I was just counting the minutes until it was over.
The wannabe-editor in me had huge problems with this movie. The first scene that plays with the credits, where Laura dies during the race, has more cuts and edits than any one film should have in its entire duration.
Sidenote: I'm not believing that Anne could get so winded when she wasn't running for that long. She's in the military. Shouldn't those people be able to run for days or something without even breaking a sweat?
Despite the crazy editing, the film feels unbelievably boring and drawn out. Just about the time I felt like this crap had gone on long enough, I checked how much longer I had to put up with it and found out that there were still 34 minutes left. Oi.
The music in this movie - along with being performed by people who were probably tone deaf - was oftentimes far too loud. Having to turn the volume down for those scenes and then back up for the next scenes where people were actually talking was very annoying. This problem is the worst in the chase scene that is interspersed with shots of people rollerskating and some really whacked out band performing. Nothing can be heard from the actors in the chase part and I get the intent with this editing choice - juxtaposition and all that jazz - but I've rarely seen the technique executed so badly. Shame.
Sorry to any die-hard Graduation Day lovers out there, but there was nothing about this movie that I found even the least bit enjoyable.