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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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...Some will be crowned, others will lose their heads 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:

A Morte Convida para Dançar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,796,236
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As with Carrie this is a revenge movie focusing on the prom; and as with Carrie there is a prank at the beginning which ends up having disastrous consequences. Also like Carrie in that the prom queen is supposed to be victimized by a staged prank; and as with Carrie you have a fake prom king and queen standing in for the real king and queen. But whereas in Carrie the prom queen ends up being victimized at the prom (she is drenched in pig's blood), in Prom Night the prom king gets victimized (he is decapitated). See more »

Goofs

Kim is at the kitchen table with her brother Alex. Kim has a necklace on. Kim asks Alex about having a date for the prom and all that is around her neck is a gold chain. The shot then cuts to Alex and then back to Kim and now there is a gold star hanging from her necklace. See more »

Quotes

Kim: Women in love, coming through!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Prom (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Fade to Black
Sung by Gordene Simpson
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Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen turned Dancing Queen
20 November 2005 | by boyinflaresSee all my reviews

While other slasher flicks of the early eighties involved an identifiable villain slicing and dicing countless teens, "Prom Night"'s killer remained a mystery. But like all good horrors, there is a back story which sets up the reason for the killings, in this case, the motif is purely revenge.

Four childhood friends who would later grow up to be the school's nice boy, diva, meek girl and geek girl, were all involved in the death of another young girl. That girl is the sister of Jamie Lee Curtis' character, Kim. And, as Prom Night approaches, someone is hunting down those four former friends.

Jamie Lee Curtis is obviously the main reason to watch this film, but "Prom Night" is not without other good points. The idea of a murderer prowling around on Prom Night is great, the music is very cool, especially the song on the closing credits. Oh, and Jamie Lee Curtis sure can dance! The rest of the cast are pretty good. Leslie Nielson's involvement is minimal, though Antionette Bower is wasted. Pita Oliver, David Mucci, Casey Stevens and Anne-Marie Martin as the school diva are especially note worthy.


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