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Prom Night (1980)

At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously.

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Casey Stevens ...
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Wendy (as Eddie Benton)
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Michael Tough ...
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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 ...
Henri-Anne
David Gardner ...
Dr. Fairchild
Joy Thompson ...
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Storyline

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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This year Prom Night will be a scream See more »

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18 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Morte Convida para Dançar  »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,796,236
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Trivia

According to the bluray commentary by the director, the van that was blown up in the movie was actually stolen by the stunt coordinator See more »

Goofs

As Wendy is chased into the auto shop, she hides in the front seat of a blue colored vehicle. The killer locates her and smashes the passenger window with the ax. The next shot shows Wendy exiting the front seat (driver's side) with no visible signs of glass in the interior of the car. See more »

Quotes

Car Hop: What'll it be?
Lou: Well, uh, I'm a little short of cash.
Wendy: You can owe me.
Lou: Oh! Well, I'll have a couple burgers, a large fries, and, uh, what kinda beer you got?
Car Hop: Come on, man. This is a drive-thru, not a bar!
Lou: All right, all right, don't get nervous! Just a Coke or Pepsi is fine.
[Lou stares at waitress' butt while she walks away]
Wendy: Lou, no!
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Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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All Is Gone
By Blue Bazar
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clichéd, but still under valued slasher.
8 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of the Halloween follow-ups that would give Jamie Lee Curtis the title of "scream queen".

Children accidentally cause the death of a little girl, now years later they are in high school and getting ready for the prom. However, it seems someone else is planning on getting some murderous revenge on prom night.

Prom Night is a formula slasher film, with plenty of the slasher trappings, but there are some elements that raise this film above some of the others of it kind. The director gives this movie a truly dark and eerie atmosphere, with the help of Paul Zaza's spooky music score. The plot remains engaging throughout and the creep-factor is kept high. One difference from the slasher "norms" is the fact that we ultimately have sympathy and even sorrow for the film's killer.

While Prom Night is hardly a flawless movie, in fact there are a few scenes where the lighting is way too low and the disco prom dates the film, it does hold it's own. The cast gives good performances, especially Curtis, Eddie Benton, and the late Casey Stevens. There's also a few good rock numbers like "Prom Night" and the mellow "Fade to Black".

Worth a look for slasher fans.

*** out of ****


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