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Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil (1992)

Four students ditch their high school prom for a party at a summer home, unaware that a psychotic priest is on the loose, determined to punish sinners.

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Clay Borris

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Richard Beattie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole de Boer ... Meagan (as Nikki de Boer)
J.H. Wyman ... Mark (as Alden Kane)
Joy Tanner ... Laura
Alle Ghadban Alle Ghadban ... Jeff
Kenneth McGregor Kenneth McGregor ... Father Jaeger (as Ken McGregor)
James Carver James Carver ... Father Jonas
Brock Simpson ... Father Colin
Krista Bulmer Krista Bulmer ... Lisa
Phil Morrison Phil Morrison ... Brad
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ... Jonathan
Colin D. Simpson Colin D. Simpson ... Larry (as Colin Simpson)
Thea Andrews ... Louise
Bill Jay Bill Jay ... Cardinal
Deni DeLory ... Jennifer (as Deni Delroy)
Carolyn Tweedle Carolyn Tweedle ... Sister Jude (as Caroline Tweedle)
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Storyline

Carrying on the Prom Night tradition, this film begins back at Hamilton High School on Prom Night in 1957. As a young couple are enjoying a romantic moment together in the back seat of a car, they are interrupted by Father Jonas, a priest who slashes and immolates the lovers. Thirty years later, Jonas gets loose from the chapel basement where the church fathers had been secretly keeping him locked up and drugged. As luck would have it, it's prom night again, and group of four students have unfortunately chosen Jonas's hideout as their secluded getaway spot. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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They ditched the prom for a private party. Now it's their last dance.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche de graduación IV See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Norstar Entertainment See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

Brock Simpson is the only actor who appeared in all four Prom Night movies. See more »

Quotes

Father Jonas: [praying] I'm your strength... and I'll deliver their souls onto you.
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Referenced in Nightmare in Canada: Canadian Horror on Film (2004) See more »

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Pretty dang good, for a slasher.
21 April 2001 | by Wayne RossiSee all my reviews

This is a slasher that plays it by the rules, so if I'm spoiling anything for you, it's because you've never seen a slasher movie before.

Prom Night IV gives us the gift of slashing in a film that is lit with decent effectiveness, not shot notably poorly, with sub-par to decent acting and some moderately suspenseful scenes. The prom thing is more or less done in the intro, where we get to see a couple slashed in a prom in 1957. Our mad killer here is a Catholic priest gone horribly wrong--he kills with a cross where the long end has a blade.

Our victims, two teenaged couples, are headed down to a retreat that used to be an old monastery for a weekend of debauchery. Meanwhile, a young priest newly charged with watching over the insane priest (who's been kept underground by the Church) is developed for a bit, but manages to slip in his duties. (Prom Night IV is very good at giving "bonus slashes" before it gets around to killing the teenagers.)

The highlight of Prom Night IV is Nicole de Boer, who you might remember from The Cube or Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (she was Ezri Dax). Her acting, which is pretty good, manages to elevate the rest of the movie (since she is the film's heroine). The rest of the cast is pretty small-time, though, and doesn't live up to Nicole.

It does have the requisite T&A shots (and a really poor sex scene), to be certain, and it manages to fit 8 deaths into a film that only focuses on those 4 teens. All are pretty freaky and well done, too. Once the suspense starts, it's pretty good at not letting up, despite following the rules strongly. The extended scenes before the slasher starts on the teens build everything up quite well.

This is a slasher movie, and you will enjoy it only if you're in the mood for one. However, it does what it does well, and as such is worth picking up if you are.


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