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Prom Night (1980)

A masked killer stalks four teenagers, responsible for the accidental death of a little girl six years earlier, at their high school's senior prom.

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Kim
Casey Stevens ...
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Wendy (as Eddie Benton)
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Michael Tough ...
Robert A. Silverman ...
Sykes (as Robert Silverman)
Pita Oliver ...
David Mucci ...
Lou
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Mary Beth Rubens ...
Kelly (as Marybeth Rubens)
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Melanie Morse MacQuarrie ...
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Joy Thompson ...
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For six long years, Hamilton High School seniors Kelly Lynch, Jude Cunningham, Wendy Richards and Nick McBride have been hiding the truth of what happened to ten-year-old Robin Hammond the day her broken body was discovered near an abandoned convent. The foursome kept secret of how they taunted Robin - backed her into a corner until, frightened, she stood on a window ledge... and fell to her death. Though an accident, the then-twelve-year-olds feared they would be held responsible and vowed never to tell. But someone else was there that day... watching, and now, that someone is ready to exact murderous revenge on prom night. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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If you're not back by midnight... you won't be coming home. See more »

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18 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Morte Convida para Dançar  »

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CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Famous for being one of the only slasher movies with a sympathetic killer. See more »

Goofs

When Kim is in the empty gym dancing, Wendy shows up to confront her. When the camera is on Kim, you can see the boom mic coming from the bottom of the screen. Also on the wide reverse on Wendy, the mike is visible at the top of the frame. See more »

Quotes

McBride: For a guy so fast on the disco floor, you sure are the slowest!
Nick: I was just talking to Wendy.
McBride: I thought you were going with the Hammond girl.
Nick: You can't tell Wendy anything she doesn't want to hear.
McBride: Wow, I wish I had your women problems!
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All Is Gone
By Blue Bazar
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Sit this one out
26 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another average slasher flick, one of two that scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis made back to back during her time in Canada fresh from her fame in John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978. It opens with four young kids in an abandoned building playing a macarible game when one girl joins them and it leads to her accidently falling out of a second floor window to her death. The four kids (three girls and a boy) make a pack never to mention it to anyone. But six years later, someone knows about the killing and decides to get those four responsible. As it also happens the anniversary of the death coincides with the big high school prom which the kids are all attending, making it convenient to borrow big ideas from movies like Carrie (1976) among others for the characters, situations and subplots.

Although it has some good qualities and was moderately successful when first released, the movie is bloodless in almost every respect, plus the murders are so murky and dimly lit. Jamie Lee Curtis, playing Kim, the older sister of the murdered young girl, is good as the popular student who wants to be elected prom queen. But she, unfortunatly, is not one of the four students targeted by the masked ax-weilding killer. In fact, she frequently becomes a suspect along with her father the school principal, as well as her younger brother Alex, the creepy school janitor, and the school bully. But the identity of the killer is fairly obvious. But so much time is spent on establishing red herrings that more than two-thirds of the movie pass before any of the killings begin. The production values are also good, but the film is starting to show its age.

Contents: Six killings, scant blood, one decapitation, Jamie Lee Curtis as prom queen, no nudity, no real suspense, no pace, lots of disco music and dancing, sit this one out.


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