"It's not who you go with, honey. It's who takes you home." -Wendy
Prom Night is another one of those 80's slasher flicks that we horror buffs all love. Prom Night opens with some kids playing in an abandoned school. They're playing a hide and seek type game, and the person seeking is "the killer". Doesn't this game seem a little bit violent for small children?
They accidentely (which didn't seem like an accident to me) pushed a girl they didn't want to play with out the window, killing her. They each promise never to talk about it again. There's one problem. Somebody saw what happened, and knows who killed her. And they aren't too happy about it.
Anyways, we fast forward to six years later. On the anniversary of the murder, the person who saw what happened decides to take bloody revenge on the kids on their prom night. And they're all here.
I seriously had no idea who the killer really was, and I was shocked at the end when it was revealed. It was pretty surprising.
There are some neat killings in the movie, especially the beheading towards the end. The mask the killer wears is similar to the mask the killer used in the Toolbox Murder movies, but it works. I loved the shot where Wendy dies in the locker room. The killer comes up behind her, grabs her and covers her mouth, and we see the expression on her face as she's getting her throat cut with a shard of glass. It was cool how it didn't show the gore, but you knew what was going on by her expression. Then the killer drops her to the ground and a close up of her face fades into a bowl of punch. One of my favorite moments. There's just enough gore for all you gore hounds to enjoy too. The only downfall is that the movie wasn't lit too well, some scenes you can barely make out, but I don't care, I still like it. It's a fun little 80's slasher. I'd be kind of pleased if they did a remake of it, I think it could be good.
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen
Theatrical Release: July 18, 1980 Directed By: Paul Lynch