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Prom Night (1980)

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  18 July 1980 (USA)
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A masked killer stalks four teens, responsible for the accidental death of a child six years earlier, at their high school's senior prom.

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Anne-Marie Martin ...
Wendy (as Eddie Benton)
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Michael Tough ...
Robert A. Silverman ...
Sykes (as Robert Silverman)
Pita Oliver ...
David Mucci ...
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Mary Beth Rubens ...
Kelly (as Marybeth Rubens)
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Melanie Morse MacQuarrie ...
David Gardner ...
Joy Thompson ...
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Storyline

For six long years, Hamilton High School seniors Kelly, Jude, Wendy, and Nick have been hiding the truth of what happened to ten-year-old Robin Hammond the day her broken body was discovered near an old abandoned convent. The foursome kept secret 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'd 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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death | prom | high school | hiding | night | See more »

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The night someone came to the prom alone See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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18 July 1980 (USA)  »

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Prom Night  »

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CAD 1,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Hamilton High is the one setting that all of the Prom Night movies have in common. See more »

Goofs

Nick and his father are walking out through the apartment, and talking about who Nick is seeing. They both walk out through the doors and the shadows of the cameraman and the camera itself are cast on the interior wall and track down it as the camera pulls back. See more »

Quotes

Kim Hammond: You seem a little anxious, Wendy. By the way, who are going with tonight?
Wendy Richards: It's not who you go with, honey. It's who takes you home.
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Fade to Black
Sung by Gordene Simpson
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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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