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Film / Graduation Day

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A Troma produced Slasher Movie from 1981.

A student of Midvale High dies from a bloodclot after she finishes a thirty second track race. Two months later, just before the graduation of the class of 1981, a killer in a fencing mask starts offing other track team members, timing their deaths to exactly thirty seconds with a stopwatch.

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  • Asshole Victim: Coach Michaels pushed Laura so much at track and field that she collapsed and died. He's later shot dead by the police.
  • Big Bad: Kevin Badger is the killer.
  • Cheap Costume: The killer's costume is literally just a regular fencing uniform, it doesn't even have a scary face painted on the mask or anything!
  • Destination Defenestration: The killer falls through a window when a corpse is shoved at him.
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  • Fanservice: Nudity? In my Troma Slasher Movie? Don't be ridiculous, the girl stripping naked in the locker room and putting on a tight gymnastics leotard is totally plot-relevant.
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  • Final Girl: Anne. Justified since she initially wasn't in the killer's list of targets, and he only comes after her once she finds Laura's remains in his room.
  • Groin Attack: When the guy who is giving a lift to Anne tries to fondle her, she grabs his balls in a vicegrip and tells him to control himself.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Graduation.
  • Hypocrite: After Officer MacGregor busts two students smoking dope, he warns them not to do it again or else. After they leave, he lits a joint of his own.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: A polevaulter dies when he lands on a mat that was rigged with spikes.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: Sally gets a sword thrust through her throat.
  • Jerkass: Coach Michaels but not the killer.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: After Sally's body is found in the girls' locker room, coach Michaels, who was conveniently present, is thought to be the killer and he is forced to run. He then takes the blame for the killings after he is shot by the police.
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  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: When Anne goes to see Kevin after hearing that he picked up Laura's trophy instead of her, she finds Laura's corpse dressed for graduation sitting in his room. Kevin then enters the picture and starts treating the remains as if they were still alive.
  • Not Quite Dead: Subverted. After he dies, Anne faces Kevin again when he enters her room at night. Then the lights are switched on, and in Kevin's place is her drunk stepfather Ronald. Her scared mind had only imagined him being there.
  • Off with His Head!: Tommy gets decapitated from behind as he takes a piss in the woods. His girlfriend Dolores soon follows.
  • Once Is Not Enough: Despite having hand-to-hand combat experience, Anne just runs away when she disarms and knocks down the killer.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Anne runs into the remains of two victims during the final chase scene.
  • Red Herring: Anne is build up to be the culprit, since she brought a gray sweatshirt and gloves similar to the killer's with her.
  • The Reveal: Laura's boyfriend Kevin tells Michaels that he is the killer. He went crazy after she died and now wants to punish the entire track team for it.
  • Sex for Services: Dolores seduces her music teacher so that he won't flunk her and put her into summer school.
  • Slashed Throat: The first victim is a jogging girl who is grabbed from behind by her hair and has her throat slit.
  • The Stinger: After the credits stop rolling, the stopwatch is shown being used once again.


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