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...let me count the ways.
1. A title-only 'remake' that pulls out every cliché in the slasher handbook.
2. A plot so predictable that it becomes quite pathetic.
3. A completely weak execution of all attempts at suspense or thrills.
4. A PG-13 rating that insures no gore, violence, or sex.
5. A villain that is not frightening or even mysterious.
6. A cast of characters that are so thinly written and stereotyped that we couldn't possibly care about them.
7. A lack of any effectively creepy atmosphere (much unlike the original Prom Night).
8. A script of dialog that's beyond poor - it's mind numbing.
9. A series of cardboard performances (not sure whether to blame the actors or the lousy aforementioned script for that).
10. A completely inept teen-targeted slasher remake that's not brave enough to attempt to have an imagination - or even to show a puddle of blood.
It's a no-brainer horror fans, save your money.
BOMB out of ****
Prom Night is shot with the artistic eye someone gives while finely
crafting a Lifetime original film. You know the one. This October,
Lifetime takes a break from the courageous tale of a woman surviving
(insert disease name here) to tell the somewhat creepy tale of a woman
pursued by a stalker ex-boyfriend. It's dramatic
immensely dull. It does nothing to further a genre, tell an original
story, or strive for ANY sort of newness. Prom Night shares this
plight. Watching the killer poke holes in his victims, we sit silently
as they slump to the floor with not a drop of blood spilled. It
occurred to me that this was the cleanest killer in movie history.
Our director is working with a fairly good-looking killer so he is forced to pour on the camera angles to make him appear creepier. Think about Matthew McConaughey coming at you with a knife. You'd probably go "OH! Good lookin guy is going to kill me? Naaaa." Not scary even for a second, so the director throws Schaech into shadows and over the shoulder in the mirror. This mirror shot is repeated to the point of sickness as it practically becomes a fetish of the creator. You'll get 15 jump scares in this film, 2 of which made my date jump (I might mention she is afraid of EVERYTHING). I'd also mention she decided to take a nap halfway through the film and at one point threatened to leave me.
As if this film were not disjointed enough, it appears to be cut to shreds. I'm not saying it looks like key points were left on the cutting room floor as the crew scrambled to salvage some semblance of a horror film; I'm saying as the film moves from scene to scene, you often get a jarring jump. This is the kind of thing you'd expect when a film catches fire and a projectionist is forced to splice ends together, cross his fingers, and hope for the best. The editor should be shot.
With a plot you can pack into two sentences, one stray spray of blood, an emo killer, and the tension of a very special episode of "Silver Spoons", we're left with no reason to support horror this weekend at least on the big screen. In fact, this is the sort of film that should be punished. Is it really that hard to make a scary movie? Was this crew even aware they were making a horror film??!! A complete waste of my time and yours. I bit the bullet to get you this review. Don't let my sacrifice be in vain. DON'T GO INTO THE MOVIE!!!
Poor acting, no script, no plot, no convincing killer, no suspense, no
original setups, it uses the same closet/under the
bed/person-behind-you-in-the-mirror tactics over and over again making
it repetitive and boring, and NOT in a foreshadowing way either, and
the fact that NOBODY ever "really" gets killed (at least not on screen)
, which in turn zaps any suspense it may invoke right out of it and
makes everyone feel eve MORE cheated for spending money on their
admission ticket....its a horror film w/o any horror LMAO. The MOST you
see is what looks like someone having taken a ketchup bottle and
spraying it across a plastic sheet.
You have to be a teen who was sitting there screaming in the theater and scaring yourself to have enjoyed this, or you were high/drunk at the time.
Honestly, I have a life and don't bother writing reviews that often unless I really really hated something, or enjoyed it tremendously.
But this film is AWFUL and I feel I have a duty of sorts to warn you NOT to give your money to Hollywood and encourage this kind of filmaking ever again!
It is one thing to rent a "bad" movie at blockbuster from the Weinsteins, its another when you have to sit through it in a theater.
Also, in case you want some remake nostalgia, forget it! This is NOT a remake, nor is it a re-imagining. It is not scary, nor engaging, nor is it satisfying enough to be "funny" like others on IMDb have claimed...it is just stale and booooring.
Here is what you will take away from this film: remembering the scar on Brittany Snow's head that stands out more than the plot, the fact that Jonathan Schaech MUST be having some sexual affair with J.S. Cardone of "The Forsaken" to have gotten another role as a killer(because he is as frightening as my poodle, and too cute to kill just about anyone) and that for some reason (duh) everyone who goes back to the hotel suite never comes back. What kind of person would NOT get worried at the prom when they decide to announce the candidates for prom king and queen and the fiercely competitive girl just somehow doesn't show up? This is my warning to you. DO NOT waste you're money like I did. The "original" sucks too but is more of a guilty pleasure for Jamie Lee Curtis fans, though no way near as bad as this piece of crap (sorry to sound vulgar or rude, but once you see this, you will understand why I say what I say).
Prom Night is about a girl named Donna (Brittany Snow) who is being
chased by a psycho killer trying to kill her at her prom night. And by
doing so killing her family, friends, and her enemies.
Now before I begin let me say have you been tired of PG-13 horror movies that haven't been scary lately. Are you tired of stupid girl dialog 'Oh my god' and talking about girlish things. And are you really tired of girls in relationships and then crying. And the last thing are you tired of the US remaking Asian, Japanese, and Chinese films. That pretty much sums up Prom night but I'm still not done with the review.
The only reason to see 'Prom night' is to crack a laugh at the kills. If not, don't see Prom night. You never see the kills an only hear screaming and you see some blood on the wall. And by the way the deaths are repeating like 24/7. So not only aren't they scary but it's obnoxious. By the time I met the cast I think I was ready to hurl. Too much girl talk, too much guy talk, and lots of 'Oh my gosh. It's our prom'. I understand it's fun but seriously is it too much to ask not to concentrate.
If I were to put Prom Night on the list of worst films of 2008 without seeing the other films I'd be the first one too. I'm not going to be surprised if it gets released on DVD for cheap and quick. Seriously don't spend your money or the time for dull acting, cheap scares, and a 'Night to die for' when watching the film.
1 star out of 10. (P.S. If I could give the film zero stars I would).
I am the guy who usually keeps opinions to himself, but I just got back from this movie, and felt I had to express my opinions. Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE horror fan. But what makes a horror movie? I sure like to see even a tiny bit of a good script and character development. I know they often lack in horror movies, but Prom Night looked like it didn't even put forth ANY effort in that department. Next, we all love suspense. That on the edge of your seat suspense with unpredictable surprises. Yeah, Prom Night had none of that! Of course, we like a terrifying killer. Prom Night have that? Nope, it has a pretty boy with a cute lil' knife. And when all else fails...at least horror has its guilty pleasure to make it enjoyable like gore gore gore, and the occasional nude scene! Yeah, well when you have a horror movie rated PG-13 like Prom Night, they leave that stuff out too. So with all of these elements missing, I ask....does this still count as a horror movie? Nope. I'd call it more of a comedy. People in my theater were laughing more at this then they were when I saw "Semi-Pro" that was supposed to actually be a comedy (which also sucked, but thats another story!). I think I am just going to have to give up on new horror. All the good horror movies of the good ol' days have been remade into garbage so movie studios can make money. The people I went to see it with didn't even know this was a remake! Which made me mad! I wonder what will happen when there's no more movies to remake??? Where will horror go next???
So, Prom Night was supposed to be a horror and thriller movie. I'm a
big wuss and was scared to see this movie at the beginning, but upon
seeing it, it is neither horror or thriller.
I was basically making fun of the movie in my seat because it was so predictable. You could predict what was going to happen next. The young actors were alright at playing their characters, but I'd have to say the killer was definitely at the top of the game - acting wise.
Yes, I'll give props for the plot because it was good, but it's not thrilling or scary. There were almost zero "jump-in-your-seat" scenes. So, don't waste ten dollars seeing it in theatres, wait 'til it comes to DVD.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
When I first saw the trailer for Prom Night, I have to admit, the
trailer looked good and like this would be a fun horror movie. So my
friend and I saw Prom Night last night and I have to say I must be
growing up because this was such a ridicules film, not to mention I am
so sick and tired of the typical horror slasher movies with the loud
noises as an excuse to scare people. There was no tension, the
characters, how was I supposed to care about them? They had no
development what-so-ever, the killer?! Oh, my God, this was very
possibly the most stupid serial killer that has ever existed, I know
it's a film, but why would a man who never(or at least we know of)
killed any one before, kill a girl's family and friends that he's just
obsessed over? I mean, was he going to kidnap her or was he going to
kill her? I have no idea, because this film made no sense and is too
predictable and insulting to true fans of horror.
Donna's family was just brutally murdered by her teacher, who has become very obsessed over her, he was captured and put in jail. It's been 3 years and she's just now getting some peace in her life, she's even going to her senior prom. But the killer has escaped and still has Donna on his mind, he follows her to her prom which means bad news for her friends, and the hotel maid, and the bell boy, because it is such a good idea to kill the maid and bell boy so no one become suspicious enough to check to see where these employee's are. Donna is in big trouble because also this killer who is clearly human can apparently get into houses un-noticed and can kill people so silently, just, wow.
I'm sorry, I really did want to love this movie, we haven't had a good slasher flick in a long time, but this was just a stupid movie that I was not impressed with. Just the situations were unbelievable and the actors were obnoxious. I know that this was a PG-13 movie, but I just love how someone was brutally stabbed to death and they only have just a little blood on their clothes? Not to mention no stab holes? I wouldn't recommend this movie for anyone unless you're a teen, this movie was made for the teenagers, not adults, and not for those who know a real horror movie, no offense to those who did enjoy this film, but I don't understand how anyone could.
I'm not particularly fond of remakes, or to steal the modern jargon "retellings", but this film truly peeved me off. The original Prom Night, while not in my humble estimation a masterpiece, still realized what it was... horror. There are some simple things to remember when making a horror film. Suspense is crucial to maintaining the interest of the audience. Sorry folks, but a white knuckle film this was not! The scares were cheap, and foreshadowed terribly. (A good example of scare which has been done to clichéd excess now, is the cat jumping out of the closet, followed soon there after but a now unexpected appearance by the villain of the film) This film couldn't successfully pull that off, so how could I expect it to fulfill any of the other conventions of horror film. There needs to be a likable hero or heroine. This film doesn't have one. The person I most identified with was the head detective. His calm demeanor, but level headed approach to the escape of a killer was what more films of this ilk should have. Common sense approach to events that occur. (If you're running from an Axe wielding psycho, you turn and sprint in the opposite direction. Not jog, whilst looking back ever three seconds, gaging the killer's progress, only to trip over every branch and inanimate object in your path.) If you friend disappears, you don't go looking for them alone. And if you suspect foul play you tell someone, not investigate yourself. These clichés are tired and well overplayed. In the horror genre in general, and in this film in particular.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In Bridgeport, the deranged high school teacher Richard Fenton
(Johnathon Schaech) is obsessed by the teenager student Donna Keppel
(Brittany Snow); she witnesses him murder her family to stay with her,
but Richard is arrested and sent to prison for life. Three years later,
the traumatized Donna is feeling better but is still under
psychological treatment and taking pills. On her prom night, she goes
with her boyfriend Bobby (Scott Porter) and two couples of friends to
the Pacific Grad Hotel for the party. But the psychopath Richard has
escaped from prison and is lodged in the same floor in the hotel
chasing Donna, stabbing her friends and staff of the hotel that cross
The forgettable slash "Prom Night" is a collection of clichés with a total lack of originality. The stupid story is shallow and silly, with a bad acting of Johnathon Schaech in the role of an insane killer. The predictable screenplay is amazing since it is possible to foresee what is going to happen in the next scenes. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): "A Morte Convida Para Dançar" ("The Death Invites to Dance")
Good grief I can't even begin to describe how poor this film is. Don't
get me wrong, I wasn't expecting much to begin with. Let's face it, a
PG-13 slasher flick is pre-destined to be missing the ummm... slashing,
so no one should be surprised by the lack of gore. But it was the level
of incompetence and cliché on display in all the other aspects of this
movie is what really blew me away.
We have a protagonist who is quite simply so completely useless that you find yourself rooting for the bad guy. And here's a turnup for the books... SHE NEVER CHANGES - hence breaking the cardinal rule of basic screen writing - character development. If you think by the end of this film the poor little girl is going to turn around and finally kick some arse then think again.
On top of this, we're handed possibly the least intriguing (and definitely the least scary) killer ever to grace the genre. I'm not joking when I say that Dora the Explorer has scarier villains than this movie.
Finally, because all the potential for tension or gratuity is removed by the inept (and apparently thirteen-year-old) director, what could possibly be left to fill up 2 hours of screen time?
Closets, that's what.
Lots and lots of closets: big closets, small closets, mirrored closets, closets to Narnia, so many damned closets you'll not want to dress yourself for another year. In fact this movie should have just been called "CLOSET", and had a picture of a big scary coathanger on the DVD case. On the back it could have had a photograph of the audience falling asleep and a quote by Roger and Ebert - something to the extent of: "what the f*@! did we just waste our time watching!"
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