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Prom Night (Unrated Blu-ray Live)
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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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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches; 4.16 Ounces
- Item model number : 19121
- Director : Nelson McCormick
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 29 minutes
- Release date : August 19, 2008
- Actors : Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis, Collins Pennie
- Dubbed: : Spanish, Portuguese
- Subtitles: : English, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish
- Producers : Toby Jaffe, Neal H. Moritz
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001AV3BWC
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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First problem, how does a man who murdered a whole family escape from an institution and the detective and other officials who were responsible for his imprisonment is NOT notified immediately but instead 3 days later? Especially given the circumstances on how he is locked up.
My other problem with the movie: why and how is it that everyone conveniently wanders off on their own, by themselves in a big hotel where they are not familiar with???
Third problem: If Claire was on her period, and her boyfriend began tripping, why did she even stay at the prom? I know she didn't want her night to be ruined, but come on. When she was in that sweet by herself and felt she was not alone and knowing her girlfriend just left, she should have bounced. I get it...that's the point of the movie...lol, but still. Her part did not make much sense.
Fourth problem: Lisa and her boyfriend were expected to win prom queen and king. Why did they insist on going to the sweet to have sex knowing the DJ and the principal were going to announce who the winners were? And....took the phone off the hook! They could not have been that horny. That part did not make sense AT ALL! NOT AT ALL! If Lisa recognized him and knowing what he was capable of doing, she should have told her boyfriend and they should have gone down together, not by herself. They had no business leaving in the first place. Hull....
Fifth problem: okay, the hotel is being evacuated....why and how did she manage to get on the elevator? Elevators in an emergency crisis like that no longer operate. It does not go up beyond the first level.
It seems like the only rising action was when their teacher was in pursuit of Lisa. Other than that, the movie lacks a solid plot that leads up to climaxes and rising action. All that we see happening is people going to a sweet and being butchered because they either a) saw and could identify the man and he had to kill them or b) they are friends with his prey and they are conveniently at the wrong place at the wrong time. Basically, the viewers are not left with any element of surprise. Everyone knows whoever went to the sweet was going to be murdered. Lol. Bottom line. Great movie for someone who is nervous about watching a slasher film though. I would recommend the movie for a beginner.
You have to do what you have to for that PG-13 rating and if that means omitting a blood bath then by all means.
PERSONALLY. All of this could have been avoided if the sentencing wasn't Insanity.
And if that wasn't the case then sex can wait when you aren't in line for a hotel room with your friends. Two beds for three couples?
And you know what? Thank god for the evolution of the internet and criminal intelligence analysts.
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From what I saw, I still thought the antagonist was a machine rather than an all-rounded human being that you could connect with at some level.