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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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Wendy (as Eddie Benton)
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Michael Tough ...
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Sykes (as Robert Silverman)
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David Mucci ...
Lou
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Mary Beth Rubens ...
Kelly (as Marybeth Rubens)
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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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A prom queen's dreams turn to screams. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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18 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Morte Convida para Dançar  »

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Budget:

CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,796,236 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debuts of Jeff Wincott and Mary Beth Rubens. See more »

Goofs

After Alex and Lou are separated from fighting in the school cafeteria, they are escorted out by two members of the staff. In the next scene when Nick walks away from Wendy and she tries to talk to Lou instead, he tells her he has an appointment but his reflection in the glass behind her shows he's walking alone. However, Alex, Lou and one of the staff members arrive in Principal Hammond's office shortly thereafter. See more »

Quotes

Jude: Who are you?
Slick: Seymour Crane! But, they uh, they call me Slick.
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All Is Gone
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The Original Scream
4 June 2007 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I first saw Prom Night back when I was 10 years old, but didn't appreciate it as a film until re-watching it at 19. Watching it a second time was like discovering a priceless gem and I must say, as a screenwriter, I still look to this movie as motivation and inspiration. Unlike most Hollywood horror/slasher movies, it did what most of the latter cannot, which is provide a combination of good lucks and good acting, therefor ensuring we care about the characters.

Scream most definitely took a page from this movie as inspiration for its mystery theme. Though the budget was low and this movie was made in 1980 I feel that it still has enough of a story to keep us entertained and also enough of a punch to make us jump a bit. But what really makes Prom Night a success is its actors. Jamie Leigh was wonderful as always, but one character I felt that stole the show was the character of Wendy. As vile and wicked as they made her, the actress portraying her gave her depth. I felt as a viewer that she was more than just the typical bitch character. With killer lines, a beautiful face, and a chase scene that has been the foundation of future horror movie chase scenes, this girl makes the movie worth watching.

If you happen to see this movie on or notice it in a video store I would suggest giving it a look. I would love to see a remake, ONLY if they kept the plot the same, but intensified the horror, much like what was done in TTCM remake. And, of course, to have Edie Benton and Jamie Leigh make an cameo or guest appearance somewhere!


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