Director - Paul Lynch (Humongous)
Starring - Leslie Nielsen (Stan Helsing), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, The Fog), and Casey Stevens (The Littlest Hobo)
Release Date - 1980
Genre - Horror
Tagline(s) - "There's a special night in the lives of all of us. A night to be beautiful. To be desirable. A night we can break all the rules and make our own. Prom night." "Everyone at Hamilton High is getting ready for prom night. It's a day of rehearsals, arrangements, final preparations... and last-minute phone calls." and "They're too old for games, but someone still wants to play."
Format - BluRay (Personal Collection) (Screener)
Rating (out of 5):
When it comes to slashers I prefer the ones that take place in the woods. These slashers just seem more appealing to me. Don't get me wrong, I do find redeeming qualities in all slashers but for me I feel that the ones set in the woods follow the slasher formula perfectly. With that being said, Prom Night is a text book example of what it meant to be an 80s slasher. Though the film is flawed it still offers an excellent slasher experience. The acting in this one is what you would expect from a slasher. The acting is not consistent throughout the film. We had seen Jamie Lee Curtis demonstrate amazing skill and talent on screen in John Carpenter's Halloween and The Fog. However, in this film she does not have the charm or on-screen charisma that we had became accustomed to. The remainder of the cast is just slasher fodder with brief scenes of Leslie Nielsen sprung throughout. The story for this one is a by the book slasher. We get the opening scene where someone dies and is done wrong. We then move forward in time where a masked murderer is killing for revenge. Though it is not original, even for 1980, it is still fun and one of the many reasons slashers are so fun. Finally, the film does have several on screen kills but most of which are ones we had seen countless times even though it was just the beginning of the slasher craze. The special effects are decent for the kills so that adds to the enjoyment. Overall, Prom Night is a perfect example of what made 80s slashers so fun. A smooth story, some serious kills, and an overwhelming feeling of 80s nostalgia. Fans of slashers need to check this one out!