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  Prom Night

Starring: Brittany Snow, Johnathon Schaech, Brianne Davis, Kelly Blatz

Directed by: Nelson McCormick

Produced by: Neil H. Moritz, Toby Jaffe

Written by: J.S. Cardone
Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing, Screen Gems

     Prom Night is technically a remake of a 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis feature of the same name but, in truth, the only two traits that it bears in common with that film are its high school-prom setting and its membership-card to the slasher-horror genre. In fact, the movie is far more similar to another recent re-imagining of a Curtis picture: Rob Zombie’s Halloween. While director Nelson McCormick and writer J.S. Cardone don’t take body-count here to the offensive height that Zombie did in his film, Prom Night follows exactly the same structure as Zombie’s effort: 1) a teenage girl will be endangered if a certain bad man who wants to do bad things to her escapes from jail, 2) the bad man unexpectedly does escape from jail and, 3) the girl must do everything that her illogical, ditzy brain will allow to stay alive as the bad man chases after her. Oh, wait, did I just summarize the plot of nearly every teen-targeted horror picture released in recent years? Perhaps I was a little short-sighted in making the aforementioned Halloween comparison: Prom Night is just like every other recent entry into its genre. Sure, the movie is too benign and predictable in its delivery for the viewer to find it even the least bit objectionable. And sure, it has a few good qualities, Brittany Snow’s sympathetic lead performance being the best of them. But who really cares? We’ve all seen this movie before and we’ll surely see it again. Unless you’re a thirteen-year-old girl who will be scared by and involved in drivel of the utmost tepidity, there’s absolutely no reason for you to see Prom Night.


-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews

Review Published on: 4.11.2008

Screened on: 4.13.2007 at the Edwards San Marcos 18 in San Marcos, CA.


Prom Night is rated PG-13 and runs 88 minutes.

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