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Prom Night (Unrated) (2008)

Brittany Snow , Scott Porter , Nelson McCormick  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis, Collins Pennie
  • Directors: Nelson McCormick
  • Writers: J.S. Cardone
  • Producers: Bruce Mellon, Christopher Ball, Glenn S. Gainor, J.S. Cardone, Marc Forby
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AV3BWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prom Night (Unrated)" on IMDb

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Three years ago, Donna (Brittany Snow, John Tucker Must Die) watched in horror as an obsessed predator (Johnathon Schaech, That Thing You Do!) murdered her family. Tonight is her senior prom and although she's anxious about the past, she's excited to celebrate her future with her friends. What Donna doesn't know is that the deranged psychopath has escaped from the asylum. He's returned to hunt her down, intent on killing anyone who gets in his way. As the night races towards its heart-pounding conclusion, the question becomes not who will be prom queen, but who will survive the killer's rampage.

An attractive cast of young performers lead by Brittany Snow (Hairspray) is the main selling point for Prom Night, a remake of the 1980 Canadian slasher film starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Snow makes for a capable lead as the sole survivor of her family's massacre at the hands of an obsessed teacher (Jonathan Schaech), who returns three years later to finish his campaign on the eve of her senior prom. While no one's idea of a classic horror film, the Paul Lynch-directed Prom Night offered viewers a modest whodunit angle in between the killings; here, the villain's identity is known from the get-go, and what's left is a string of mechanical stalkings (which feature a surprisingly modest amount of blood) and reams of turgid teenspeak, which is handled as best as possible by Snow and her cast mates. The end result is a dull, suspense-free chiller that manages to make its mediocre source material seem inspired by comparison. Older moviegoers may note the presence of actors Idris Elba and James Ransone, both used so well on The Wire, and so thoroughly wasted here. --Paul Gaita

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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars [1.5]--Funny how its rated PG-13...... September 8, 2008
...And also explains why I didn't enjoy it much as I should. Just to let everyone know I seen this for free but regret spending my time on it anyway. And also just for the record my husband pick it out not me. After watching this I felt like I was watching a 91210 episode more then anything else. The direction by Nelson McCormick isn't good. He actually repeats a so-called shock moment twice in the movie, once near the start, the other near the end. Except neither are scary. He seems to be more interested in the scenes at the Prom, as opposed to the so-called horror/thriller parts of the story.

The kill scenes are bloodless. Using a knife, you would expect to see more blood spilled, but even when you see victims after, the so-called stab wounds look like simple stains on the clothing! As for the set-up of the kills, none are that shocking, surprising or scary. Tense chase scenes are ruined by dim-witted random pigeons appearing out of nowhere! As you can imagine I really disliked the pigeon sequence. The film being unintentionally funny just stomps the final nail in the coffin really, the porter death scene is something that I want to see again just for a laugh really. The poor dialogue is just embarrassing, the script is once again embarrassing, and the ending ridiculously predictable you might as well have not bothered to even see the movie from the get go. The movie does admittedly improve as it goes on in a way, the first forty minutes being almost unbearable. Once the killing starts you no longer want to slit your wrists, but you still have to cope with an incredible amount of lack of common sense.

The performances of the mostly unknown cast (to me at least) aren't that good, but Brittany Snow as Donna is awful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not gory, so not bad. March 1, 2009
I don't really like gory movies, so this was nice. It had all the action of a horror movie without all the stuff that makes those of use with weak stomachs cringe and turn away in disgust. Great movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prom Night (Unrated) January 30, 2011
For some reason, I really enjoyed this one. I love scary movies, but this one isn't that scary. I think I just love the plot of the movie. It's funny and spooky-n-creepy. I think this one had potential to be an excellent movie, but it was just one of those movies you can't take serious. In the end, it's a typical teen horror movie. But it was good to me.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY September 23, 2008
There is an inherent problem when remaking any film. That problem is the fact that the movie has been made once and has fans of the original film who look upon any remake as sacrilege. In some cases this might be worthwhile criticism but in most it's not. The reason is that in some cases, the film is not necessarily a remake but more a retelling. Or it could go the route of tossing out the original altogether and telling it's own story while taking the name from the original. It's these movies that are unjustly criticized before being seen. And the genre with the biggest fan base, as well as the most remakes, is the horror field. Trust me, horror fans are like pit bulls when it comes to defending their original favorites.

So it is we see the release of PROM NIGHT. The original film starred Jamie Lee Curtis, fresh from her scream queen beginnings and about to star in THE FOG and TERROR TRAIN that same year, and revolved around a revenge killing of teens at their senior prom who had been involved in the death of a child earlier. The new release tosses aside that whole story, keeping only two aspects: the prom and a murderer. Had they titled it something different, perhaps it wouldn't have received the drubbing of fans and critics alike when it was released.

This time around we begin with the murder of an entire family, the last of which is the mother who is killed before the eyes of terrified teen Donna (Brittaney Snow) who has sought refuge beneath her bed. The killer is caught and turns out to be one of her teachers, Mr. Fenton (Jonathan Schaech) who has become obsesses with the girl. Off to jail he goes, off to her aunt and uncle heads Donna and years pass.

Donna deals fairly well with the murder of her family through counseling and turns into a nice, normal teen.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kiddies Can Watch This Walt Disney Flick September 25, 2008
After I watched this megabomb, I seriously researched to see if Walt Disney had made it. It's so clean and predictable and devoid of any blood, suspense or terror, that even kiddies can view it.

I've always loved the original PROM NIGHT with Jamie Lee Curtis. Although the original had gore and knockout murders, it was still fun and suspenseful.

Switch to 2007 and you've got the latest wretched remake of a classic. You would think that surely today's modern horror film makers could create something juicy and original--like "Jeepers Creepers. But no. When they're not remaking every hideous Asian horror flick like "Mirrors" "The eye", "The Grudge," they're desecrating such classics as "Prom night," "Halloween," "The Fog."

In this anemic mess, we're supposed to believe that the survivor of a mass murder is STILL living in her house and on the anniversary of the slaughter, she goes to the prom. In atrocities like this one, she and her fellow empty-headed buddies do everything stupid you can imagine.

When the prom is suddenly shut down because the police are now aware that the killer has returned, what does the heroine do? She goes back upstairs to retrieve something--while her fellow party-goers are all racing down the steps.

This is a Pure Vanilla movie. It's pretty and bland and boring and the only good thing about is the terrific box cover/poster that shows a screaming victim. When a poster is the best thing you can say about a movie, then it's time the movie-makers of this botched classic should think of making something different--like another Rambo or Rocky flick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Prom Night = A *2* star Movie
Too Much Blood and Gore turns
me off, so I give this movie a *2* star Rating!!
Published 8 days ago by Roger Zelazny Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best movies I've seen - but its not as bad ...
Not one of the best movies I've seen - but its not as bad as most think it to be
Published 19 days ago by yuffb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
IT was totally different from the original!
Published 19 days ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
got it fast and such a cheap price!
Published 24 days ago by Amanda Koehler
4.0 out of 5 stars Yay Brittany!!!
Pretty good. Very sympathetic to the high school kids, unlike a lot of movies with similar plots. Brittany Snow is the best part.
Published 2 months ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
3.0 out of 5 stars Friday the 13th in a grand hotel, but not as good
...that's the best way to describe 2008's "Prom Night," which isn't a remake of the 1980 film. Brittany Snow plays the protagonist hounded by an ex-teacher who's psycho-obsessed... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wuchak
4.0 out of 5 stars A horror movie with a believable story line and good acting by many...
A horror movie with a believable story line and good acting by many fresh, unfamiliar faces. Depictions of violence are graphic, so this is not one for young viewers.
Published 3 months ago by Patsy Novak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 4 months ago by sueni okasakie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 4 months ago by Jeff Hoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Prom Night
Okay this was a funny movie to me - Seriously was tickled at the plotline & acting. So its a horror film that is a hot mess but liked enough to justify my purchase. Haha! :)
Published 4 months ago by Sister Avalon
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