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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.

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 ... Kim
Casey Stevens Casey Stevens ... Nick
Anne-Marie Martin ... Wendy (as Eddie Benton)
Antoinette Bower ... Mrs. Hammond
Michael Tough ... Alex
Robert A. Silverman ... Sykes (as Robert Silverman)
Pita Oliver Pita Oliver ... Vicki
David Mucci ... Lou
Jeff Wincott ... Drew
Mary Beth Rubens ... Kelly (as Marybeth Rubens)
George Touliatos ... McBride
Melanie Morse MacQuarrie Melanie Morse MacQuarrie ... Henri-Anne
David Gardner David Gardner ... Dr. Fairchild
Joy Thompson Joy Thompson ... Jude
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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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Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror en la noche de graduación See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,796,236
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert A. Silverman had just been in a serious accident and was still undergoing speech therapy prior to acting in this film. Moreover, Silverman came up with the idea to put tape on his glasses. See more »

Goofs

As the killer respectively tears pictures of Jude, Nick, Wendy and Kelly from the Senior yearbook, it is obvious that the latter three are on consecutive pages, but not Jude's. The killer had to tear off the page with Jude's picture and the page behind it to make Nick and Wendy's pictures visible. See more »

Quotes

Kim: You seem a little anxious, Wendy. By the way, who are going with tonight?
Wendy: It's not who you go with, honey. It's who takes you home.
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Alternate Versions

NBC added additional footage during the initial broadcast. The additional footage included a scene with Leslie Nielsen chopping firewood with the same axe later used by the killer. See more »

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Spoofed in Wacko (1982) See more »

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Dirty Last Night
By Blue Bazar
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19 June 2005 | by boomcar61See all my reviews

'Prom Night' is a decent little slasher-mystery starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her third scream queen role. The movie also stars Leslie Nielsen as Jamie Lee's father and Hamilton High School principal. Everyone else in it are just bit players, but we must consider that this film stars one of the wickedest you-know-whats in slasher movie history. Her name is Wendy, and she is played by Anne-Marie Martin. Who this actress is, or was, I have no idea, but I know I hated her character with a passion. One of the biggest bonuses for horror fans in this movie will be the big chase scene with her and the killer quite near the end which was deliberately filmed super dark. You can hardly see what's going on and for me it is the best scene in the whole movie. Big points for Wendy's chase scene. It works since she plays the role well, and we've waited so long for this scene and it comes pretty much near the end, but it delivers.

Anyway, 'Prom Night' opens with a tragedy in which young Robin Hammond, who is Jamie Lee's character's little sister, accidentally falls to her death from a two-story window after being cornered by four brats(Wendy, Nick, Kelly, and Jude)who were trying to scare her. Freaked out that they may be in serious trouble, they all make a pact to take it to the grave, initiated by Wendy, the leader of the brats. Ultimately the blame gets pegged on some serial pedophile and no one ever suspects the four kids. But someone else knows and was there and saw the whole thing. We continue twelve years later. It's the day of the prom and all four of the kids receive raspy phone calls, asking them to "come out to play". It concerns most of them, but eventually their minds stray back to the prom. Some of them have dates, some don't. Jamie Lee ends up going with Nick who just dumped Wendy, so Wendy hooks up with Lou, who sort of serves as John Travolta's Billy Nolan from 'Carrie', and the two of them plan to play a prank on Jamie Lee and Nick since they were voted Prom King and Queen. Pause real quick. Remember, Nick is one of the kids who was involved with the death of Jamie Lee's little sister. Could you really keep a secret that big from someone you are "going steady" with? Also, the two other girls involved, Kelly and Jude, appear to be good friends with Jamie Lee's character. I don't think there is much logic in that, but hey, it's a horror movie. I have to overlook it.

In the end, prom dreams are sliced and diced as the vengeful killer begins knocking each of them off, eighties style. The movie is definitely pretty corny and cheaply made, but that's all part of it's charm. The suspense is there, the score is really creepy, and Jamie Lee does her thing. However, the best part is the mystery. Who is the killer? I'm sure we all know twenty-five years later, but it was fun finding out. Everyone is a suspect in 'Prom Night', as mentioned by Randy from the first 'Scream', and it will keep you guessing right up to the climax. Well, actually, when it gets to that point there are only a couple people left that it can be...but it was still a bit of a surprise.

Honestly, I think 'Prom Night' could use a remake. My VCR copy has such awful quality that it's really quite hard to see what's going on on the screen, and I hear that the DVD isn't any better, so I think we could all benefit from a remastered version, or even a remake at this point.

6/10 is my vote. A decent little slice and dice mystery from days long gone. How I miss them...


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