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Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II Reviews

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½ July 16, 2016
Instead of being a straight up slasher film like the first, the sequel is a creepy corny ghost story and for good reason.
½ May 28, 2016
A whole lot of wacky horror gags are at play here. Yikes.
½ March 28, 2016
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II is an unofficial sequel to Prom Night, our previous review. The original title of the film was The Haunting of Hamilton High, but when distributor Alliance Films wanted to capitalize on the popularity of the original film, they changed the name. So if you were around in 1987, and wanted to see what you thought was the sequel to Prom Night, you were treated to this movie. Then when it was over, you were possibly left in your seat, staring blankly at the screen, wondering what you just witnessed.

The movie starts in 1957, with Mary Lou Maloney (Lisa Schrage) confessing her sins to a priest. Rather than saying twenty Hail Marys, she has opted for the less subtle approach of letting the priest know that she enjoyed every minute of her sins, and even leaves her phone number written inside the confessional in lipstick. What a slut! She attends prom with young Billy Nordham, but you see, Billy is a sucker and Mary Lou is just using him and she has run off backstage with Buddy Cooper. Billy finds them and is rightfully pissed. Later on, Mary Lou is crowned prom queen and while she is being coronated, Billy decides to drop a stink bomb on her from the rafters. Unfortunately, the lit fuse catches Mary Lou's dress and she goes up in flames and dies. Before she dies, she manages to casually turn her eyes to the rafters to see Billy up there, immediately regretting his decision to commit manslaughter.

Flash forward to 1987, as Vicki Carpenter (Wendy Lyon) is preparing to attend prom with Craig Nordham (Justin Louis), who happens to be the son of THE Billy Nordham (Michael Ironside), prom ruiner extraordinaire and now school principal. Vicki is the daughter of a domineering and zealously religious mother and a wishy-washy father, and mom won't allow Vicki to buy a new dress. Vicki and her friend Jess (Beth Gonek) plan on checking out the school prop room for some possibly cool stuff, but Jess reveals that she has been knocked up by some guy who won't return her calls. Vicki goes to the prop room alone and finds a trunk, which she pries open. It turns out that the trunk contains the NOT AT ALL BURNED sash, cape, ring and crown of our crispy-fried Mary Lou. Shouldn't these items be in some police evidence room rather than locked up in a trunk in some school? Oh yeah, the trunk also contained the evil spirit of Mary Lou. Jess finds the items when Vicki leaves them behind and pries a stone from the crown which totally ruins evil, invisible Mary Lou's day, so she strings Jess up via cape and hangs her, then throws her body out a window for good measure. Good news, Jess: You're no longer pregnant. Cause of death: an apparent suicide.

Soon after, Vicki starts having hallucinations which would make even the staunchest German expressionist say "Get off the drugs, girl.". She confides in the local priest, who turns out to be Father Buddy Cooper, the same guy that Mary Lou cheated on young Billy with on that fateful night in 1957. Buddy thinks Mary Lou might be back, and his fears are validated when he visits her gravesite and his Bible goes up in flames. Buddy then visits Billy about this situation, but Billy kicks him out of his house, refusing to believe his story. Meanwhile, Vicki serves detention for slapping her rival for prom queen, Kelly (Terri Hawkes) during class. While sitting in detention, the chalkboard turns to liquid and pulls Vicki in. I will allow you a moment to re-read the previous sentence..........................................Actually, it was a neat visual effect that was reminiscent of A Nightmare on Elm Street. At this point, Mary Lou has fully possessed the body of Vicki and we start the strange behavior and the body count. Can anybody stop the rampage of a teenager who wants to be prom queen?





This was one nutty movie. What struck me was some of the imagery in Vicki's hallucinations. It was very reminiscent of images you would find in A Nightmare on Elm Street, so in that way, this movie felt like an homage to that film series. The movie mixed the slasher genre with the psychological torture featured in Nightmare, but did so in a way that felt original. Another thing in this film's favor was how it kept a sense of humor throughout. In one scene, the Mary Lou-possessed Vicki makes out with her father and it felt so audacious; the reincarnated Mary Lou climbs out of Vicki's body in another inventive scene. There were a few references to some horror movies that came before this one: "Your mother sews socks in Hell, Father Karras!".

This movie was anything but dull. Even the closing scene was provided with evil glee and a wink at the camera. Funny, weird, clever, creative, stupid and made with admiration for it's predecessors. The actors looked like they believed in the material and had fun with it. Director Bruce Pittman crafted some delicious set pieces while Ron Oliver's screenplay dripped with over-the-top imagination.

If you're looking for the sequel to Prom Night, this isn't it.

Score: 3.5/5
September 14, 2015
This sequel is unrelated to the original Prom Night film, just cashing in on the name and while that sounds shady, this is actually a bit more fun and unpredictable than the original, earning it a slightly higher rating for my tastes.

Well worth a rental!
½ August 16, 2015
Prom Night II is actually pretty good. It's not meant to be taken seriously, and if you're watching it just to have a good time, it certainly won't disappoint. It plays almost like a really long "Tales from the Crypt" episode. If you're into campy and cheesy horror, then I definitely recommend it. It's not quite as good the original Prom Night (IMO), but it wasn't trying to be. It's successful at giving it's audience some good entertainment, some laughs, and even a few scares. It has a few quirky one-liners, and the characters are very fleshed out (especially Kelley). It can drag a little sometimes, but it's never totally boring, nor does it take itself too seriously. It knows it's cheesy and campy, and has fun with it, and also pays homage to many classic horror films (Carrie, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist, and even the original Prom Night). One thing this film does have over the original Prom Night are it's characters. The only actor you might recognize is Michael Ironside, but the cast does a great job bringing their characters to life in a fun and memorable way. I felt the characters in the original Prom Night were too flat, and unoriginal (with a couple exceptions). The special effects are also very well done. While the original Prom Night was more of a slasher, this film is definitely on the supernatural side given it's themes, and main plot. I'm impressed at what this film was able to accomplish, given what it had to work with. Overall, this was an enjoyable film, as long as you don't take it too seriously, and just sit back and watch. However if you're expecting high art, you'll definitely want to look elsewhere.
August 6, 2015
Really fun and entertaining 80's slasher. Highly recommended.
June 28, 2015
So first off, this isn't a great horror film, but it is better than the original "Prom Night." What makes this one better is that it amps things up and takes the story behind a simply slasher film, going into more supernatural/Evil Dead type of territory. That made this film infinitely more entertaining. Even if watching a demonic rocking horse lick it's lips isn't necessarily "scary" it certainly is fun to watch. The film liberally cribs from just about every horror film cliche in the book, stealing particularly from "Carrie," "The Exorcist" and "Nightmare on Elm Street." Also, Michael Ironside plays a high school principal, which is pretty funny.
February 19, 2015
Lame sequel to hit horror movie.
September 6, 2014
The Return Of 80s Fashion Trends To The Early 2000s Is Surprising As This Teen-Scream Fest Shows. High Cut Pants, One-Sided Pony Tails, Over The Shoulder Numbers..All Back In Fashion Today. The Homage To Hitchcock & Bad Camera Work Is A Funny Combination.. When The Buddy Holly, Mary-Lou Title Track Kicks In Tho..You Know The Slashing & Killing Is In Full-Overdrive.. But It's Still A Bad, Bad Movie..
August 15, 2014
Way better than the original sequel goes in a nightmare on elm street direction, inventive camera work fast plotting and a good element of sleaze gore and old school makeup and prothetics make this a film to check out
August 14, 2014
"How'd you blow it?" Classic!
½ May 24, 2014
A really cheesy Canadian horror flick from the 80's that I watched as a kid. It's not an extremely well made film, and is very dated, but it's got a good sense of humour and some fun effects. For horror fans only!
October 4, 2013
Good combo of supernatural and slasher horror
July 25, 2013
been 4 years since i saw this lol
July 10, 2013
bout to watch my favorite classic movie prom night 2
Joa
June 22, 2013
So bad it's good! lol
April 17, 2013
Spirit of Hamilton High's bad girl 1957 prom queen invades a nice prom queen hopeful in 1987. More of a psychological horror than a traditional slasher film like the original; unrelated sequel save the name of the school. Happy to hear the Partland Brothers music included.
April 10, 2013
This horror film is bad. Characters are killed and forgotten about and the setup doesn't hold water when placed under close scrutiny and yet 'Prom Night II' is still enjoyable. The performances are decent and the writing is above average for such a cheap Canadian production. Wendy 'Prissy Andrews' Lyon is a standout.
April 5, 2013
need to see it again
½ January 19, 2013
Hello Mary Lou 2 is cheap, forgettable entertainment. The film lacks originality and settles for a formulaic plot.
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