Prom Night (1980)
Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 12
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Critic Reviews: 4
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This low-budget, tongue-in-cheek horror film of the slasher genre -- which had recently been popularized by Halloween (1978) -- stars that film's lead, Jamie Lee Curtis, as Kim Hammond, a prom queen who becomes a scream queen. Six years ago, a little girl was taunted by four classmates and fell to her death from an abandoned schoolhouse. The quartet of kids promised to keep their complicity in the accident a secret. Now it's their prom night and they've got the jitters because they have recently
Aug 15, 1980 Wide
Jan 27, 1998
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Jamie Lee Curtis
Robert A. Silverman
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Director Paul Lynch seems to capture the spirit of the genre here, but spends a little too much time setting up each murder, thus eliminating some suspense.
If you forget motivation, the visual trick-or-treat of slow revenge is entertaining enough.
Because it's quite easy to figure out the killer's identity by simply keeping track of who is off screen a lot, much of the movie is just vamping for time.
A special movie. Not by any means a great one; only barely and inconsistently a good one.
Pop Culture Rule No. 1: Wait long enough and even the stinkiest trash gets recycled into art.
By the time the killer fully emerges from the shadows, clad head to toe in black, leaping around like some Filipino ripoff of Spider-Man 3, the game is pretty much lost.
The prom setting does little except provide the opportunity for a ridiculous disco interlude, while the killings are nasty rather than scary or effective and the outcome eminently guessable.
You'll just have to enjoy the scenes of Curtis disco-dancing and wonderful moments such as when the severed head of a victim rolls across the dance floor.
so so so boring
Now this is a horror classic!
Audience Reviews for Prom Night
- Alex: Kiss the king?
- Drew: Miss fairy tale princess.
- Alex: I saw it. I saw it all. They killed her. They killed her. Robin!
- Kim: It's better than kissing an ashtray.
- Kim: Go sit on it, ape.
- Alex: (on the phone; making a prank call) Jude, can you come out to play tonight? I'll see you at the prom.
- Kim: You seem a little anxious, Wendy. By the way, who are going with tonight?
- Wendy: It's not who you go with, honey. It's who takes you home.
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