In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother's emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment.Written by
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Carrie (1976), Misery (1990), and Audition (1999) all served as inspiration for the film. Lola's pink dress in particular is an homage to Carrie's pink prom dress. See more »
Australian Formals have a strict dress code for any students attending. Mia would not have been allowed inside with the outfit she was wearing, which was a very thin, short and skimpy one piece dress. See more »
You've got 10 seconds to go or Daddy's gonna nail it to the chair.
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The R-Rated cut is 83 min. long while the Unrated version is 84 min. long. See more »
What a ride! Just when I think it can't get worse for the victim, there's more pain just ahead. I'm on the edge of my seat the entire second half of the film looking for the redemption, the escape, the retribution. O M G, does it ever end? Forget zombies, this bitch does it live.
Daddy Dearest is another possible title. I was looking for the incest and the director does a deft job of keeping it 'just right there' without actually becoming... or does he? We see the setup; you can taste the realization. You almost have it in your grasp, but wait...
OK, so the first half is just denouement filler but it gets so much better. This film could have used some American (or maybe Japanese) cinematography and tons more budget yet it still pulls it off. Excellent film work closer to the end setting up the visual struggles that dialog can't.
Overall I would say this film is the little train that could. "I think I can, I think I can..." And then it does. Enjoy.
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