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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 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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Everyone in the senior class has a date for prom night. But someone has come to the prom alone. Someone who watches in the empty corridors. Someone who follows silent and unseen. Someone who waits until no one can help. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The official soundtrack CD for this film was released in June, 2019. See more »

Goofs

At one point in the movie, the killer tears pictures of Jude, Kelly, Nick and Wendy out of a high school yearbook. The pictures are then placed in each individual's locker. After Jude and Kelly discover their pictures, upon holding them up the paper on the back side of each picture is blank (as opposed to what would have appeared on the back of the page in the yearbook). See more »

Quotes

Young Nick: [after Robin falls out the window and dies] We've got to get somebody, quick.
Young Wendy: Are you crazy? They'll put us in jail. If we tell anybody they'll say it's our fault. Who would believe it was an accident?
Young Nick: But what if...
Young Wendy: Listen to me, we'll go home now and never ever tell anyone. No one but us will ever know. Jude, swear?
Young Jude: I swear.
Young Wendy: Kelly? Kelly!
Young Kelly: I don't want to go to jail!
Young Wendy: Swear?
Young Kelly: I swear.
Young Wendy: Nick? Nick!
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Alternate Versions

Finnish video release was cut by 14 min. 48 sec. in 1983 and still got K18 rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Prom Night
By Paul Zaza and Carl Zittrer
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clichéd, but still under valued slasher.
8 September 2005 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

One of the Halloween follow-ups that would give Jamie Lee Curtis the title of "scream queen".

Children accidentally cause the death of a little girl, now years later they are in high school and getting ready for the prom. However, it seems someone else is planning on getting some murderous revenge on prom night.

Prom Night is a formula slasher film, with plenty of the slasher trappings, but there are some elements that raise this film above some of the others of it kind. The director gives this movie a truly dark and eerie atmosphere, with the help of Paul Zaza's spooky music score. The plot remains engaging throughout and the creep-factor is kept high. One difference from the slasher "norms" is the fact that we ultimately have sympathy and even sorrow for the film's killer.

While Prom Night is hardly a flawless movie, in fact there are a few scenes where the lighting is way too low and the disco prom dates the film, it does hold it's own. The cast gives good performances, especially Curtis, Eddie Benton, and the late Casey Stevens. There's also a few good rock numbers like "Prom Night" and the mellow "Fade to Black".

Worth a look for slasher fans.

*** out of ****


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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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