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Prom Night (1980)

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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.

Director:

Paul Lynch

Writers:

William Gray (screenplay), Robert Guza Jr. (from a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Nielsen ... Mr. Hammond
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Kimberly Hammond
Casey Stevens ... Nick McBride
Anne-Marie Martin ... Wendy Richards (as Eddie Benton)
Antoinette Bower ... Mrs. Hammond
Michael Tough ... Alex Hammond
Robert A. Silverman ... Mr. Sykes (as Robert Silverman)
Pita Oliver Pita Oliver ... Vicki
David Mucci ... Lou Farmer
Jeff Wincott ... Drew Shinnick
Mary Beth Rubens ... Kelly Lynch (as Marybeth Rubens)
George Touliatos ... Lt. McBride
Melanie Morse MacQuarrie Melanie Morse MacQuarrie ... Henri-Anne
David Gardner David Gardner ... Dr. Fairchild
Joy Thompson Joy Thompson ... Jude Cunningham
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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 keep 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.

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Taglines:

The night someone came to the prom alone. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The main plot about four children committing a horrible sin and all swearing to secrecy only to be stalked years later by a vengeful killer would later be used as the plot for I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). See more »

Goofs

Kelly gets spooked and heads to the door to check to see if anyone is around. She proceeds to open the front door and the scene quickly cuts to an exterior shot of her looking out the door, and right above the door is a black boom microphone. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Cunningham: Now kiss her!
Alex: She's my sister.
Mrs. Cunningham: Alex... Now the king!
Alex: Ew, kiss the KING?
Nick: On the mouth!
Mrs. Cunningham: Just shake hands!
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Alternate Versions

Also in the television version, there was a scene with Jamie Lee Curtis and her friends passing a note in class. See more »

Connections

References Carrie (1976) See more »

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Love Me Till I Die
By Paul Zaza and Carl Zittrer
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Flashback to the Disco Age

I saw Prom Night when it was released back in 1980. So in honor of my 16 year old son's prom this past week, I decided to re-visit this clunky classic and see if I can re-capture my youth. And you know what? I think I enjoyed Prom Night better the second time around. There was actually a pretty good red-herring or two thrown in the mix to "confuse" the viewer into thinking who the killer really was. As a matter of fact since it's been so long, I forgot who the really turned out to be (I was after only 16 myself when I saw this movie 30 years ago!) and was actually surprised at the reveal.

Although there were and still are certain things that ruin the movie for me (like the fact that most of the actors look to be well in their 30s and that disco had already made a quick exit), it's kinda fun to see how campy the film really is. I recommend watching it at least once and enjoy it for what it really is: a time capsule to those lost years of the early slasher movies.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,796,236

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,796,236
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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