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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:

A prom queen's dreams turn to screams. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Composer Paul Zaza wrote all the disco songs in only five days. See more »

Goofs

When we first see Lt. McBride as he and Nick leave their apartment, and also in the final scene, McBride's hair is noticeably shorter and in a different style to the way it appears throughout the rest of the film. 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

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 Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Me Till I Die
By Paul Zaza and Carl Zitter
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User Reviews

 
Underrated
20 January 2019 | by Jeffronthi-950-543134See all my reviews

All of these characters look too old to be in high school, and it is a bit distracting. Jamie Lee Curtis looks too old for the part, even though she's just 21. She is rather ho-hum in Act I, but comes alive in Act III and especially the finale.

There's an effective, if rather by the book, setup to the movie, and that really is its saving grace, aside from a good score and willing cast. A little suspense, a decent mystery, and it is an alright slasher flick. Nothing overly special, but it is rather decent. I watch it maybe twice a year.

Decent enough, and if you are a slasher fan, it is a must own.

Semi-classic


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