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Prom Night [VHS]

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  • Actors: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin, Antoinette Bower
  • Directors: Paul Lynch
  • Writers: Robert Guza Jr., William Gray
  • Producers: Peter R. Simpson, Richard Simpson
  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: July 8, 1997
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1564427803
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,000 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

When it comes to an expressive set of lungs for horror, it's hard to match Jamie Lee Curtis, who set the standard for nonstop screaming in Halloween. She built her reputation as a scream queen in such subsequent outings as The Fog, Terror Train, and this similarly themed and relatively subpar horror outing. A progenitor of I Know What You Did Last Summer, this film focuses on four high school friends on prom night who are being stalked by a masked maniac seeking revenge for a death that occurred six years earlier. Guess who lives to tell the tale? --Marshall Fine

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By R. Pepper on September 25, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For a few years, it was hard to obtain a decent DVD copy of this film. The Anchor Bay version had been long out of print and could only be obtained from private sellers at a ridiculous price. I never saw the 1998 Anchor Bay version but heard it was a nice release. The 2004 edition from Alliance Atlantis (or Echo Bridge Home Entertainment) where the cover art displays a knife blade with Jaime Lee Curtis' face reflected was a dispicable release in every way. It was like watching a used VHS copy with terrible picture and sound quality and that is not why DVD's evolved. The companies releasing these films should have to pass some sort of inspection for DVD transfers. At last, Echo Bridge released a new version of Prom Night in 2007 with fancier cover art (Jaime Lee Curtis standing in the school hallway with her prom dress and tiara on holding a bouquet of flowers with a bloody ax in them). I was very impressed with the effort that went into this as it was well done. Great picture quality (the scenes that were too dark to see what was going on before are now visible). Also included was a nice chapter menu and more chapter stops (the previous release only had 5 chapter stops and a bad looking menu). If you are a fan of eighties slashers, this version needs to be in your collection beside Terror Train and Halloween. A nice chase scene with Eddie Benton in this film is also worth savoring. What to recommend is the Australian thriller Road Games featuring Jaime Lee Curtis that many people may have missed.

7/4/14 UPDATE on Synapse upcoming blu ray release:

*Brand-New 2K High-Definition Transfer from the Original 35mm Camera Negative
*5.1 Surround Remix Specifically Created for This Release (Original 2.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2005
Format: DVD
Jamie Lee Curtis was right in the middle of her run of slasher flicks with this one. it was After halloween and The Fog and before Terror Train and Halloween II. I'd give it 2 1/2 stars really. The plot is pretty typical for the early 1980's. The film begins six years earlier when five kids playing in an old school when four of them try scaring a little girl and she accidently falls to her death. The other kids agree to never tell what happened but there was another witness to what happened.

Six years later before the senior prom the four start getting mysterious phone calls, ala "I know what you did last Summer". Jamie Lee is Kim Hammond the sister of the little girl who was killed and ends up going out with Nick who was one of the boys involved in the little girl's death. Soon, one by one, a mysterious killer begins to kill off those involved in the girl's death.

There wasn't a lot of imagination shown by the filmmakers in the murder scenes. It would still be a couple of years before Friday the 13th would really give us new and imaginative ways to bump off some one. Still, the film has its moments. It's got a fair amount of suspense and a setting that people can relate to. Leslie Nielsen is the only other name actor in the film, playing Jamie Lee's father. He actully did this film right after "Airplane" which would cement him as a comedy star.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
When I first looked up Prom Night, everyone seemed to think that it was not a good movie. Then I bought it, and I realized that these people were wrong. There was nothing wrong with the movie. The storyline was similar to I Know What You Did Last Summer, but it was still original. Four children play some game that ends in the accidental death of a girl. Like I Know What You Did Last Summer, they make a desperate attempt to cover up the crime. The four of them make a pact, and they leave the body for the police to discover it. Seven years later, the four have forgotten the whole thing. That's when they began to get the creepy phone calls and death threats. When Prom Night arrives, the terror begins. Soon, sex and murder wil take place. The four will realize that someone grew up waiting to get their revenge. It kind of surprised me when I saw Leslie Nielsen starring in the movie. He is normally the type that goes out for spoofs and comedies. He crates an outstanding performance in this film. I remember the part where Jamie Lee Curtis dances in something similar to Saturdany Night Fever. Overall, this movie is supenseful as it is gory. I would recommend this to any who wants to see a movie that builds up suspense and spine-tingling horror.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. Garner on October 16, 2004
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In watching a wide variety of slasher movies, I have noticed that the killer usually doesn't have a very compelling motive for butchering all those people. In many films, such as Halloween and Friday the 13th, the villain kills people simply because they are there to be killed. Michael Myers, Jason, and Freddy seem to brutalize people as naturally as most of us brush our teeth. It's what they 'do.' On the other hand, most slasher films that provide their killer with a motive usually make that motive so obscure that it's hard to relate to them as human beings. Or, if they do have a reasonable motive, it gets lost in the carnage. In Valentine, for instance, the killer does have a good reason to kill Dorothy, but how about the other dozen or so folks who get the knife? What did they do wrong?

This brings me to the reason why I love Prom Night. This killer has a motive that makes sense. He does what he does for reasons of his own, and only once, with Slick, does he kill someone who wasn't involved in the event he was trying to avenge.And that seemed accidental, in a fashion, since he went out of his way to drop his axe before confronting Slick. (Is it just me, or does Slick give off somewhat of a Meat Loaf aura?) For the benefit of anyone who hasn't seen it yet, I won't name the killer, but I can say that his motivation is by far the most powerful and logical of any slasher villain I've seen. (Remember-he has no way of knowing that the initial incident was accidental.) And even if it was an accident, the whole thing was still their fault, owing to their bullying the little girl so incessantly. The actions of the killer are perfectly reasonable if you look at matters from his perspective.
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