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THE CULT CLASSIC THAT MADE MILLIONS IS BACK! And In Wide Screen!
Prom Night Remake in Theatres April 2008.
Four Hamilton High School seniors have been hiding the truth of what happened to ten-year-old Robin Hammond for six long years. But someone saw what they did and is preparing for revenge--a prom night killing spree. Hooded, masked, and wielding an axe, he'll stalk his prey in the dark, empty halls, striking when his victims are alone. And just as the spotlight falls upon the newly crowned king and queen, the killer will show everyone what his favorite game to play is...
"...inspired a new style: The Scream series, the I Know What You Did Last Summer series, Urban Legends...." --Shade.CA
"...one of my all-time fave slashers..." --James Scott, Bloody-Disgusting.com
"Now this is a horror classic!" --Clint Morris, MovieHole.net
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Jamie Lee Curtis does a terrific job playing Kim Hammond, disco queen and sister of ten-year-old Robin who was found dead at an abandoned school six years ago. In fact, of all the slasher movies she starred in, this is one of my favorites. Why? The decapitation that evacuates the gym is awesome. Also, the fact that the killer's identity isn't revealed until the end gave it a mysterious feel that reminded me of an Italian giallo. I also love the "Fade to Black" song sung by Gordene Simpson during the closing credits; it accurately describes the pent up rage that led the killer to his emotional unhinging. In fact, the movie has a great musical score, which was provided by Paul Zaza.
Though "Prom Night" is enjoyable, the DVD from Echo Bridge doesn't receive many accolades. The video is grainy, the audio is weak, and there is the absence of extras, not even a trailer. It was cheaper for me to buy it at Best Buy than trying to purchase an out of print version from Anchor Bay, which was probably a better product all around. At least Anchor Bay's DVD had a trailer.
Let me also say that this "Prom Night" is so much better than the predictable "Prom Night" remake of 2008. The remake was void of any plot twists and turns and the viewer knows who the killer is from the very beginning.
Now I know why I like this movie so much as a teen. I'm a filmaker myself and I love the fact that al most the entire movie is shot in soft focus! Reminds me of Brian De Palma, director of the original Carrie. This guy did a pretty good job of hooking us in and getting us scared. I love the creative touches, camera angels, use of lighting and music. FUN great horror movie. Who can not love the fact the SCREAM QUEEN Jamie Lee Curtis is in it. This what the hight of her HORROR career. Gotta love it!
Prom Night is pretty typical slasher fare. Nothing fancy. Years ago a group of youngsters accidentally caused the death of young girl during a cruel game of hide-and-go-seek. They swear forever to keep it a secret.
Years later, while all the attractive fems are perky high school seniors, someone starts making the phone calls. I have to admit, the whole sequence is a bit funny. Scene after scene of just the killer's mouth and chin rasping into the phone and asking if the girls like to play games, etc. Then he scratches names off a pad. A bit funny. Maybe we've just seen it parodied too much.
Anyway, there's little real suspense. A creepy stalk scene in the girls bathroom. Big red blinking red herrings thrown in shamelessly. There is a good chase sequence through creepy, dark school hallways. It leads to a payoff kill. Speaking of bloody murder, this isn't top of the list for gore, either. We get stabbings, some throat cutting. But the best effect is a single murder, and that's the disco-floor decapitation of an unlikable knucklehead senior.
Speaking of disco, you'll either be thrilled or horrified by how much this film has dated. We're talking a serious disco ball prom night here. You've been warned.
Jamie Lee is perfectly fine here. Leslie Nielson, yes, Leslie Nielson, plays a serious role as the school principal here. He's not bad, but you just keep expecting him to say, "And don't call me Shirley."
You could do far worse than Prom Night on a boring evening. If you're a genre fan like me, you'll like it, and you'll have to see it. Not the best, but adequate.
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A classic worth seeing!