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Prom Night

Prom Night (1980)


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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



Jan 27, 1998

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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.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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If you forget motivation, the visual trick-or-treat of slow revenge is entertaining enough.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Why do people go to these movies?

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (14)
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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.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A special movie. Not by any means a great one; only barely and inconsistently a good one.

June 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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Pop Culture Rule No. 1: Wait long enough and even the stinkiest trash gets recycled into art.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Unusually incompetent from start to finish...

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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.

April 12, 2008 Full Review Source:

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.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

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.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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so so so boring

February 21, 2008

Great soundtrack.

April 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Now this is a horror classic!

March 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Prom Night

With the slasher boom exploding in the early 80's after John Carpenter's Halloween became a success in 1978 upon its release, every studio got the craze to rip it off and create their own slasher films. But the slasher films of the 80's had something that Halloween lacked, excessive violence (I'm not complaining, I'm just stating the obvious).Prom Night is one of the first slashers to rip off Halloween to cash in on it's success. Staring Jamie Lee Curtis, this Slasher film from Canada is a pretty good entry in the genre, more credit should be given to this film as its not as bad as people claim it to be. Sure theres room enough for improvement, but this is still a pretty entertaining horror film. However with the strong succession of slasher films that followed like Friday The 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street, My Bloody Valentine and Terror Train; it's easy to forget Prom Night. If you put this film alongside the most solid slasher films that I've just mentioned, Prom Night may seem kind of weak. At times it does feel that way, but its far from the worst. I loved the film along with it's sequel, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II. But I hated the last two entries of the franchise. This film follows the usual slasher film formula, a killer stalks and kills teens responsible for the deaths of a girl. But setting of the kills is not a nightmare or a campground or a mine. It's a high school prom. The film is enjoyable but flawed. Prom Night is still a fun film to pull out from time to time to rewatch, but it's one of the weaker slasher films of the 80's. Like I've said, the best Prom Night film is the second one. But this film is still worth watching to kill an hour and a half and enjoy something nostalgic from early 80's slashers.
March 22, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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On okay horror movie, it's kind of predictable, but it has some good suspenseful scenes too. I'm not a big fan of Curtis, but she's okay. The story is pretty good, but it could be better.
January 8, 2011

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Leslie Nielsen in a Horror. I didnt believe it first. I thought it was another of his "Insane sense of humor" Movies I prefer to watch. It was not bad. They were too old for games, but someone still wanted to play.
December 22, 2009
Wahida K

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What can I say, this film's a horror classic, and one of the first slasher films that spawned many, even to this day. Sure the acting isn't great to say the least, but Jamie Lee Curtis stands on her own as the "scream queen" she was so destined to become. She just has it; plain and simple.
The lighting in this film is eerie, and the premise is familiar because you've seen it copied by many filmmakers. This film however, delivers horror and unintentional comedy in one dose which is something that can not be duplicated.
And as Randy(Jamie Kennedy) says regarding the police in "Scream", "If they watched Prom Night they'd save time. There's a formula to it, a very simple formula, everybody's a suspect!"
November 1, 2009

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    1. Alex: Kiss the king?
    – Submitted by Aaron B (8 months ago)
    1. Drew: Miss fairy tale princess.
    – Submitted by Aaron B (8 months ago)
    1. Alex: I saw it. I saw it all. They killed her. They killed her. Robin!
    – Submitted by Aaron B (8 months ago)
    1. Kim: It's better than kissing an ashtray.
    2. Kim: Go sit on it, ape.
    – Submitted by Aaron B (8 months ago)
    1. Alex: (on the phone; making a prank call) Jude, can you come out to play tonight? I'll see you at the prom.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Kim: You seem a little anxious, Wendy. By the way, who are going with tonight?
    2. Wendy: It's not who you go with, honey. It's who takes you home.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
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