Prom Night Reviews
December 9, 2010
There were parts that were a bit too reminiscent of "Halloween" (and maybe a little bit of "Carrie") but overall it was pretty good.
June 25, 2014
One of the many horror films made to immediately cash in on the success of Halloween, Prom Night isn't exactly your average slasher flick. It takes plenty of time to build up it's characters, to the point that the movie is kind of slow. But in doing so, the movie actually makes the characters feel like real people, and not just like dumb, horny, partying teenagers like in most slashers. It isn't until after an hour in that any type of mayhem ensues, and even when it gets there it isn't particularly heavy on violence. Prom Night doesn't hold up that well as far as being scary goes, but still would be worth a watch for fans of the genre.
May 9, 2008
nice twist at the end a classic slasher
March 31, 2012
Prom Night is a movie that helped to solidify Jamie Lee Curtis' status of Scream Queen in the 1980's. There was a period wherein she did a few slasher movies back to back and people were driving up to see them over and over again at their local drive-ins. This one started the trend of slasher movies wherein somebody took revenge after something horrible happened to them in their youth. The movie also has a couple of other familiar faces, including Leslie Nielsen and Anne-Marie Martin (from the great cult show Sledge Hammer). For such a legendary horror movie, it certainly has a lot going for it. Because of its destination story-wise being a prom, it reminds me quite strongly of Carrie. The diffused look of the movie combined with a fun disco soundtrack and some great camera work make up for a mostly bland and uninteresting slasher movie. It has its charms, but overall, it's just a notch above mediocre.
June 13, 2014
This movie sucked!! There is nothing more I can say about it. It was just awful!!
March 6, 2014
Prom Night gets a decent 10/10.
February 24, 2014
När Leslie Nielsen släpper loss på dansgolvet till sen 1970-tals-discomusik är det svårt att ta filmen för den slasherrysare den är tänkt att vara. Prom Night är en Halloween-ripoff med Saturday Night Fever-inslag, men med samma huvudrollsinnehavare (Jamie Lee Curtis) som nämnda skräckklassiker. Framför allt klippningen, ljussättningen och tajmingen är betydligt sämre än i Carpenters film, och dessutom inleds mordkavalkaden på skolbalen på tok för sent. Nämnde Carpenters stämningsuppbyggande musik tar dessutom hem en jordskredsseger över Prom Nights löjeväckande discorajtantajtan, som ackompanjerar den tamaste (och kortaste) slutuppgörelse som har skådats i slashersammanhang.
June 21, 2007
Classic! The best scene of the entire film is when Slick hits the killer in the face, sending him head over heels!!! Although, I don't understand....how did the Scream Queen end up in a horror film where she doesn't scream?
October 5, 2011
John Carpenter's "Halloween" was a landmark in horror cinema, and inspired many slasher copycats in following years. One of those copycats was "Prom Night," which also happened to star Jamie Lee Curtis in its leading role. Even though this film doesn't establish any sort of identity outside of just being a "Halloween" knock-off, it's a slightly better movie than you might think.
The movie takes place-of course-on the day of a high school prom, which also happens to be the anniversary of little Robin Hammond's death; four other kids-Wendy, Nick, Kelly and Jude-were teasing her during a game of hide and seek in an abandoned convent, which resulted in her falling out of a two-story window. The kids have never spoken of it since, but now they're getting threatening phone calls, while a sex offender wrongly convicted for Robin's death has escaped from prison. Soon enough, there's a body count.
Not soon enough, though. Nearly the first hour of the movie is just the antics that take place prior to a prom. Who's going with who, what's everyone going to wear, who's going to lose their virginity, whatever. Occasionally, it's interrupted with scenes of Nick's father Lt. McBride (George Touliatos) investigating the offender's disappearance, believing he might be on his way to the prom. This actually raises a pretty good question for the viewer. We know he didn't kill Robin, so does that mean he's going to kill the others, or is something else altogether happening?
Now how about the characters? Jamie Lee Curtis plays Robin's sister Kim, and as you might expect, she plays her quite well. It's not the same as her Laurie Strode character, by any means; she's much more spunky and out-going. She's much more involved in what's going on throughout the movie; she has a lot more to do than just babysit. Curtis is basically the driving point of the whole movie; director Paul Lynch had a hard time even getting the movie financed until she signed on. Leslie Nielsen does a dramatic turn as her father, also the principal of the high school; he actually does pretty well too. He's done good dramatic roles in his career in films like "The Poseidon Adventure" and "Creepshow."
The rest of the cast is okay, if not particularly memorable. You have your typical weirdoes along with your typical assholes; I'm looking at you, Wendy (Anne-Marie Martin) and Lou (David Mucci). You see, Kim is going to prom with Nick (Casey Stevens). Wendy used to go out with him, so she asks out Paul the rebel so they can embarrass them...God, we're doing this crap again? To be fair, I suppose the motivation is a little stronger here than in "Carrie." But am I really describing something that teenagers would gossip about?
The story has almost no originality; I may as well say that. Setting the events on prom night is obviously borrowed from "Carrie," the phone calls were prominent in "Black Christmas," the masked killer is right out of "Haloween," even the whole "kids accidentally killing someone and then vowing to cover it up" scenario was the theme in "I Know What You Did Last Summer." The movie was years away, but the novel it was based on came out before. But I've always tried to go with the concept that it doesn't always matter if the story is original or not; what does matter is the execution. In this one, it's not really executed that badly. The story has plenty of mystery, and the scenes where the killer attacks are crafted quite well.
But let's jump to the climax, where all the violence happens. With an ax his weapon of choice, the killer in the mask kills off Kelly and Jude (they had almost no real role in this movie, did they?) before killing Wendy after a chase. Then he tries to kill Nick as he's named Prom King along with Kim as Queen, but he cuts off Lou's head instead. A pretty good duel ensues between the killer, Kim and Nick, even if there's some really lame music to go with it.
Then we get our big final act twist. It turns out the killer is Alex (Michael Tough), Kim and Robin's brother. I have to say, it's actually set up pretty well; giving someone else entirely plausible motivation but then revealing it was actually somebody else. But I also love how there's no clichéd lines of "How could you?" "Why are you doing this?" or "They deserve it," etc. It's just a silent stare between Alex and Kim, the realization dawning on Kim's face, and the horror in Alex's under the mask. As he runs outside the gym, gets shot by police and dies in Kim's arms, it's a genuinely emotional moment. I can hardly believe it, but it's true.
So even if "Prom Night" isn't particularly memorable, it's really not a bad movie. It actually became one of those horror franchises that nobody really knew about. In the 1980s and 90s, "Halloween," "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" dominated the horror movie scene, but "Prom Night" had the occasional crappy sequel just like the others. But we'll get to those another day; until then, this movie is good for a little time-killer, but there isn't a huge amount of replay value.
February 14, 2014
While "Prom Night" drags at times, it's still fun, cheesy 80's horror with an actually creepy killer, a super-corny but hilarious "Saturday Night Fever"-like dance number, another likeable heroine in Jamie Lee Curtis, and a monster of a decapitation.
December 10, 2013
It is understandable that this film garnered a cult following, despite it's cult status, I believe the film was overrated. I'd still give it credit for being an early slasher film though. The story centred around 4 kids who accidentally caused the death of one of their friends when they were still kids, now a killer began killing each one of them on the prom night to avenge the girl. There wasn't much to watch out for, Jamie Lee Curtis was surprisingly a good dancer! The chasing scene of one of the girls with the killer was entertaining. Overall, the film bored its audience for 50 minutes before anything actually happened.
October 19, 2013
If you don't know who the killer is by the end of this movie your an idiot
July 18, 2012
It's a very good film overall that's fun to watch, with a surprisingly intriguing premise. The acting is also pretty good, and the characters actually have some personality (with Jamie Lee Curtis arguably being the least-distinct in my opinion). Leslie Nielson is a treat to watch, even in a small (but top-billed) role, but my favorite performances are probably from Eddie Benton and Joy Thompson. Sheldon Rybowski was decent too, but the rest of the boys were so forgettable. The plot moves very slowly, but gets exciting once it moves to the prom, and the twist ending (and the fact that the real killer is a surprise) is interesting and ties to the pretty sad backstory. The chase scenes are exciting and one character's death (won't spoil, but it's near the very end) is pure gold. The Canadian disco music is also pretty good, if a bit cheesy, and fits the movie well. Overall, while the film isn't terribly memorable, it's superior and more creative than most slasher films of the period, and I recommend it for horror/slasher fans.
January 31, 2010
Has a good chase scene, but overall the movie was kinda boring and uninteresting.
June 25, 2013
Another poor slasher flick staring Jamie Lee Curtis. There are no frights or suspense and the kills are also fairly lame. It was also very weird seen the late great Leslie Nielsen in a serious role. I kept expecting him to break into Lt. Frank Drebin. A rather pointless effort from a studio trying to cash in on the success of Halloween.
June 22, 2013
This movie was super boring and the killer's identity really wasn't even a surprise or a shocker. I don't know how this movie did the time it came out but I would have not went to the movies to see this...not even back then. Best part of the movie was Jamie Lee Curtis dancing. Other then that..lame as hell.
June 19, 2013
A slasher film set at a highschool dance. I can't think of many things stupider than that.
April 29, 2013
Quite possibly the dullest slasher I've ever seen and I fast-forwarded through to the end after 30 minutes. There's a half decent chase towards the end but it goes on for too long and the kill is off-screen. It's not even worth seeing JLC because she's more of a supporting role. Hard to believe this is considered a classic horror movie..
April 20, 2013
There's no attempt to keep the killer a mystery and it's quite obvious from the beginning how it will all pan out in the end so the suspense is lacking. As a slasher film it ain't that surprising and as a stand alone it's quite inferior.
March 18, 2013
Fairly generic slasher picture about teenagers getting murdered after sneaking off with their boyfriends or girlfriends on the night of their high schools Prom. There's a prologue showing their involvement in the death of a schoolmate years ago which they agreed to keep to themselves with the suggestion that they are being murdered these many years later in retribution.