Prom Night

Prom Night

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Director: Paul Lynch

Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens

     
 

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This low-budget, tongue-in-cheek horror film of the slasher genre -- which had recently been popularized by Halloween (1978) -- stars that film's lead, Jamie Lee Curtis, as Kim Hammond, a prom queen who becomes a scream queen. Six years ago, a little girl was taunted by four classmates and fell to her death from an abandoned schoolhouse. The quartet of kidsSee more details below

Overview

This low-budget, tongue-in-cheek horror film of the slasher genre -- which had recently been popularized by Halloween (1978) -- stars that film's lead, Jamie Lee Curtis, as Kim Hammond, a prom queen who becomes a scream queen. Six years ago, a little girl was taunted by four classmates and fell to her death from an abandoned schoolhouse. The quartet of kids promised to keep their complicity in the accident a secret. Now it's their prom night and they've got the jitters because they have recently been receiving phone calls and notes from an ominous, unknown individual claiming to have witnessed the girl's death and vowing revenge. At the prom, the four become fatal victims one by one of a mysterious, axe-wielding, masked, and hooded stalker. The many possibilities of the murderer's identity include Kim, who is the little dead girl's sister, her school-principal father (Leslie Nielsen), or her disc-jockey brother, Alex (Michael Tough).

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Prom Night suffers the same problems that hinder a lot of films in the slasher cycle: its "teenagers" are suspiciously long in the tooth, the surprise killer isn't too tough to guess, and a lot of the peripheral characters fall into easily labeled types (the bully, the reluctant virgin, etc.). There is also a lengthy, dated disco-dancing scene sure to make those who hate that musical genre running for the exits. Despite these problems, Prom Night utilizes a surprising amount of skill both behind and in front of the camera as it goes through its paces. Jamie Lee Curtis makes a poised and sympathetic heroine and Leslie Nielsen lends credible support in a pre-Airplane!, non-comedic role as her principal father. Prom Night further benefits from stylish direction by Paul Lynch, who brings an unexpectedly artsy touch to the suspense scenes. Highlights include a creepy chase through a darkened school and the gruesome "crowning" of the prom king and queen near the finale. All in all, Prom Night lacks the clever twists and consistent inspiration of a classic horror film, but offers enough solid frights to please hardcore horror buffs.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
UPC:
0096009523398
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Echo Bridge
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
25,379

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Nielsen Mr. Hammond
Jamie Lee Curtis Kim
Casey Stevens Nick
Eddie Benton Wendy
Antoinette Bower Mrs. Hammond
Michael Tough Alex
Robert A. Silverman Sykes
Pita Oliver Vicki
David Mucci Lou
Jeff Wincott Drew
Marybeth Rubins Kelly
Joy Thompson Jude
Brock Simpson Young Nick
Debbie Greenfield Child
Tammy Bourne Child
Dean Bosacki Young Alex
Leslie Scott Child
Sheldon Rybowski Actor
George Touliatos McBride
David Gardner Dr. Fairchild
Rob Garrison Sayer
David Bolt Weller
Beth Amos Housekeeper
Sonia Zimmer Melanie
Sylvia Martin Mrs. Cunningham
Pam Henry Car Hop
Ardon Bess Teacher

Technical Credits
Paul Lynch Director
Allan Cotter Special Effects
Bryan Day Sound/Sound Designer
Reuben Freed Art Director
William Gray Screenwriter
Robert Guza Original Story
Warren Keillor Special Effects
Robert New Cinematographer
Brian Ravok Editor
Richard Simpson Associate Producer
Steve Wright Asst. Director
Paul Zaza Score Composer
Carl Zittrer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prom Night
1. Killers Are Coming [6:19]
2. Child's Play [3:13]
3. Six Years Later [6:37]
4. No Answer [5:59]
5. Butcher Job [6:56]
6. Office Visit [5:09]
7. Lewd Balance [5:03]
8. Prom Rehearsal [7:10]
9. Running Late [9:17]
10. No Big Deal [5:02]
11. Stalking Prey [4:51]
12. Final Words [5:46]
13. Axe Murderer [5:45]
14. We've Got Him [7:34]
15. Don't Shoot [4:22]

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