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Director:
Writers:
William Gray (screenplay)
Robert Guza Jr. (story)
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Release Date:
18 July 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(63 articles)
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Sit this one out See more (176 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Paul Lynch 
 
Writing credits
William Gray (screenplay)

Robert Guza Jr. (story)

Produced by
Peter R. Simpson .... producer (as Peter Simpson)
Richard Simpson .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Zaza 
Carl Zittrer 
 
Cinematography by
Robert C. New (director of photography) (as Robert New)
 
Film Editing by
Brian Ravok 
 
Art Direction by
Reuben Freed 
 
Makeup Department
Jenny Arbour .... hairdresser
Kathleen Mifsud .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Deanne Judson .... executive in charge of production
Maggie McMeekin .... assistant production manager
Dan Nyberg .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martha Hendricks .... third assistant director
Lee Knippelberg .... second assistant director
Dan Nyberg .... second unit director
Steve Wright .... first assistant director
Steve Wright .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Marmie Charndoff .... key props
Jo-Ann Chorney .... key set dresser
Robin Collyer .... key set dresser
Linda McClelland .... assistant props
Mark Molin .... construction manager
Dave Ross .... storyboard artist
Alan Sharpe .... carpenter
Jeff Wilson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recordist (as Gary Bourgeois)
Tony Currie .... assistant sound editor
Bryan Day .... sound recordist (as Brian Day)
Robin Leigh .... sound editor
Tom Mather .... assistant sound recordist
Bruce Nyznik .... supervising sound editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist (uncredited)
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Allan Cotter .... special effects (as Al Cotter)
Warren Keillor .... prosthetics
Warren Keillor .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Randy Kamula .... stunts
Terry Martin .... stunt coordinator
Terry Martin .... stunts
Dwayne McLean .... stunts
Karen Pike .... stunts
Shelley Cook .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christophe Bonnière .... clapper loader (as Christophe Bonniere)
Carlo Campana .... key grip
Greg Farrow .... focus puller
Henri Fiks .... camera operator: second unit
Robert Fresco .... camera operator
Bob Gallant .... gaffer
Frieder Hocheim .... best boy (as Freider Hochheim)
Marvin Midwicki .... clapper loader
Barry Stone .... focus puller
Dennis Thompson .... assistant grip
David Zimmerman .... third grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Karen Hazzard .... casting: Toronto
Sheila Manning .... casting: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Constance Buck .... assistant wardrobe
Kat Moyer .... wardrobe (as Kathleen Moyer)
 
Editorial Department
Bill Carter .... assistant film editor
Joan Giammarco .... assistant film editor
Ian McBride .... assistant film editor
Brian Ravok .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Highstreet .... main source music
Frank Morrone .... music engineer
Paul Zaza .... original disco music
 
Transportation Department
Donato Baldassarra .... driver captain (as Don Baldassarra)
 
Other crew
Donato Baldassarra .... production assistant (as Don Baldassarra)
Elizabeth Blomme .... publicist
Stan David .... production accountant
Aine Furey .... location manager (as Aine 'Onya' Furey)
Sarah Grahame .... continuity
Jody Morden .... production secretary
Linda Moyle .... assistant to producer
 

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Runtime:
92 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2005) (DVD) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1983) (video) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1981) (theatrical release) | France:-12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Italy:T (VHS) | Netherlands:16 (1981) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) | Norway:18 (1980) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1983) | Sweden:(Banned) (original rating) (1981) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1987) | UK:X (original rating) (1980) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
David Mucci, who played troublemaker Lou, had a serious medical condition. He was forced to be immobilized underneath the stage for the scene in which Lou is decapitated. He was terrified that something would happen while he was trapped there so director Paul Lynch held his hand for the duration of the scene to assure him everything would be all right.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Jude:Who are you?
Slick:Seymour Crane! But, they uh, they call me Slick.
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Soundtrack:
Prom NightSee more »

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Can you guide me through Wendy's chase?
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22 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Sit this one out, 26 February 2001
Author: matt-282 from United States

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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