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When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.

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In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother's emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong bloody violence and torture, sexuality, some language, teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Under the instructions of director Sean Byrne, Robin McLeavy prepared for the role of Lola by researching the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as watching Misery (1990), Natural Born Killers (1994) and the works of Quentin Tarantino. See more »

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In the scene where Mia and Jamie are in the car at the school dance and they are smoking pot, the cigarette in Mia's hand changes positions along with her hand in between shots. See more »

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As an spectator, you deserve much more!
12 April 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What can I say that hasn't been said already? I watched this movie, because I was with an acquaintance who suggested of us to see it together. He is nice but he is very 'basic' and most of the time has no much to talk about, and since I knew that, I was dubious. I remember I told him: 'I do enjoy good horror films, and although I do not love gore, I know it can be ,if not terrifying, at least interesting, specially if the script justifies it; but this doesn't look smart to me'

He listened and assured me that I was wrong and that it was a fantastic film. So I rented it. What can I say? The beginning looked promising (first five to ten minutes)....after that, it was just sooo bad! Oh dear!. I couldn't finish it, so I left. I remember he said that I wasn't 'getting the point' because it was 'psychological' and I was 'narrow minded' and that 'it was my 'loss'!. I was astonished! 'Getting the point', of what? It was so predictable! 'Psychological? sorry but I am a sociologist, and an anthropologist, doing my PhD (in Anthropology), so I know a fair bit of Cognitive Sciences for that is related to my field; Thus, I think I know very well when there is something 'psychological' in a movie; and 'narrow minded' just because I didn't share his point of view? who was narrow minded then? I have done performing arts too -and he knew it- so I think I am not one of those people who judges movies slightly. I was truly disappointed by his comment, but by all answer I smiled and told him that it was not 'my loss' because 'there was nothing to loose anyway'...

I may sound arrogant giving you my professional credentials, but I am not. Yet, I think mentioning them makes my argument stronger; and considering how many positive comments this movie gets I feel compelled to disclose my experience in those matters, for I believe it will add credibility to my statement. In case you are thinking that I am one of those unattractive nerds who always think little of others and is very judgemental, not at all! on the opposite, if you saw me, you would be greatly surprised. So I am not telling this out of bitterness or snobbery but because I really am trying to be useful.

Please, don't misunderstand me. I do not judge those who enjoyed this film, at the end it is all about personal taste; but saying this is smart horror? The Omen, The Birds, The Orphanage, The Devil's Backbone, Stir of Echoes are smart horror! I also enjoyed Dawn of the Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Indisidious, The Orphan, 30 days of night,28 Days Later, and many other movies that perhaps are not great, and have lots of gore but are engaging and give me that "rush". This movie however, had none of the ingredients that I need for a movie to keep me interested.

I won't tell you not to watch it, for to judge you need to watch it yourself, but I can only tell you to see beyond the blood, and the nonsense. No matter who you are, or what you do, your intellect,aesthetic sensibility, and your time deserve much more than this!


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