Prom Night (2008)
Plot: Donna and her friends head off to senior prom, but what Donna doesn’t know is that a killer who stalked her years ago has followed her to the hotel where Prom is taking place. One by one her friends are killed off as he tries to get her alone. Will Donna be able to escape? This is loosely remade from the 1980 film of the same title starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
My Review: Other then this taking part at a prom, and the title, there is nothing in it like the original film (from what I remember). It wasn’t that bad of a movie, if say you are a 12-13yr old who has never seen a horror movie and you are trying to get into them. It reminds me a lot of teen movies, only this one features a killer.
If the script had been tweaked a bit, I’m sure it wouldn’t have been all that bad for older horror fans. But the way it is I don’t think many die hard horror fans would enjoy it. Its too laid back, and aimed at preteens.
The entire time you know who the killer is, why he is killing, and we also get to watch him do a lot of stuff. For some movies this seems to work, but I find that with this movie it took a little fear out of it. I was expecting more of a slasher film. The guy hidden in shadows so you don’t know who it is or why. But instead we know who and why in the very beginning, and that really takes away from the film.
There are some obvious plot holes, maybe bad editing. Who knows. One thing that really bugged me was that the elevators worked during the fire alarm. You’d think that would be a huge fire hazard. During a few scenes nobody hears anyone screaming. I also didn’t like the fact that the killer just waits up in the hotel room for the people to come to him and kills them there. It would have been more fun killing them around the hotel.
I do want to point out one thing. When the cops find out that the guy has escaped, the one officer beings telling the other guy about what happened. If this seems familiar its because it copies a scene in the beginning of Halloween H20. In the scene two cops are talking about Michael Myers and what happened twenty years earlier. What is pretty funny, and was pointed out on Camp Blood’s Forum was that in one scene the killer is standing in front of the original Myer’s house! Nice find!
Gore: Not too much for gore really. There were a few creepy scenes, but nothing major. The best part was probably the beginning of the film. That was pretty creepy and semi-unexpected.
Sexual Content: Nada.
Acting: The movie got a lot of flack on other horror sites while it was in the theaters, the main reason they stated was the awful acting. I have seen MANY teen movies and low budget horror films…the acting in this really wasn‘t that bad. Some parts were a little over the top, but overall I think it was the dialogue they were given to work with. As for the actors themselves, I knew a couple of them. Brittany Snow, who I’ve enjoyed in movies such as Hairspray & John Tucker Must Die. Ming-na from the TV show ER and Jonathon Schaech, who played an awesome bad vampire in The Forsaken.
Overall: It really isn’t that bad as long as you know its PG-13 and nothing crazy is going to happen in it. Worth at least one watch.
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