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Prom Night (2008)

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8

Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 58

A dim and predictable remake of an already dull slasher film, this Prom Night fails to be memorable.

8

Average Rating: 2.3/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 11

A dim and predictable remake of an already dull slasher film, this Prom Night fails to be memorable.

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One of the most notorious slasher films of the 1980s returns to terrorize filmgoers with this blood-soaked remake that proves just how horrifying high school dances can truly be. Donna Keppel (Brittany Snow) has survived a terrible tragedy, but now the time has come to leave the past behind and celebrate her senior prom in style. When the big night finally arrives, Donna and her best friends prepare to enjoy their last big high-school blowout by living it up and partying till dawn. But while

PG-13,

Horror

J.S. Cardone

Aug 19, 2008

$43.8M

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (58) | DVD (12)

By far the worst 'slasher movie' remake to date, replaying all the clichés, but delivering none of the guilty pleasures.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There's no need to wear a corsage to Prom Night. And leaving your higher brain functions at home might be a good idea, too.

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
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A bland, timid and thoroughly un-thrilling teen thriller.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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There's absolutely zippo to fear about this movie, unless you're the kind of person who jumps when formula bogeymen do exactly what you'd expect them to do.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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There's no suspense or perversity. You don't care who lives or who dies -- just please make it soon.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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There's nothing scary in there, but here's a shudder-inducing fact: McCormick and Cardone are currently collaborating on a remake of the witty and nearly perfect 1987 thriller, The Stepfather.

April 14, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Thankfully, Prom Night's predictable ending doesn't suggest a remake of the original's 1987 sequel, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2. No kidding, that's what it was called.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Though a remake in name only, Prom Night nevertheless improves considerably upon its eponymous predecessor...

January 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
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I liked the way in which the teens find ever-more elaborate pretexts to take themselves off, alone, into the darkness to investigate this or that.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This do-over isn't so much an improvement over the original as lousy in a whole new direction, a nearly bloodless slasher film with fewer surprises than a broken jack-in-the-box.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

One of the most memorable nights in a teenager's young life is grist for a pretty unmemorable movie in this tame horror entry that follows conventions to the letter.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

PROM NIGHT is a must avoid and is the real reason why studios don't screen certain movies for critics.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Annoyingly, it's a rich premise that offers all sorts of possibilities...yet McCormick doesn't appear to be bothered.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Well-dressed, sure, with a few kicks for green teens, but hardly a wild night.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A caffeine-free horror that's just as dull, disappointing and dispiriting as attending a real high school prom.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Corny, monotonous and very far from scary

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Bog-standard, unimaginative and oddly bloodless.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Every cheap-scare trick in the genre is deployed, but so feebly that not one of them works.

April 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

If early slasher films, as their critics claimed, punished teens for having sex, the new 'Prom Night' punishes teens for their conspicuous consumption (stretch limos, hotel suites, and so on).

April 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's tepid fare with a vacuous cast, particularly when compared with the previous version featuring Jamie Lee Curtis as the scream queen.

April 20, 2008 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

While it's certainly not as atrocious as the likes of "One Missed Call," it's certainly one of the worst of 2008, so far...

April 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This movie accomplishes the impossible: It makes you disappointed not to be disappointed by a disappointing twist ending.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieJuice!
MovieJuice!

Tedious slasher flick is both gory and boring.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (3)
Common Sense Media

It's a PG-13 slasher picture. This means the results are vaguely on par with having sex through a blanket.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Prom Night

Quite scary and not that bad of a film!
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Firstly no way is this a remake of the original 1980 slasher. They are both called Prom Night and that is it, the stories are totally different! The other problem is this is classed as a horror but only a PG-13?! Pretty straight forward slasher stuff, not scary or gory but done on a big budget. Watch the 80's one it was only just slightly better!
April 3, 2011
Deano78

Super Reviewer

This is one of those movies where it's so bad you can't help but love it.

Grade: F
January 23, 2011
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