Prom Night (1980) Review
Written by: Rileyofthedead
Jamie Kennedy's character in the Scream trilogy, Randy Meeks states that Jamie Lee Curtis is The Scream Queen. Who am I to argue? I freaking love that woman. Famously known as Laurie Strode (a role that Taylor Scout Compton has failed at), JLC carved her name into Hollywood after playing a series of heroines in a few 80's slasher films. Halloween started it, Prom Night only furthered it.
Prom Night is about a group of teens preparing for the big night at their high school when a mysterious person begins to taunt them about the death of a little girl from many years before. The little girl's older sister, (JLC), is going to prom with one of the kids who happened to be apart of her accidental murder. Though the group who killed her is sworn to secrecy, someone does know who killed the little girl and is going to extract their revenge.
After watching several slasher movies, this plot really doesn't seem that original. Though I imagine in 1980, it was. Though I did overall like this movie, I found it to be incredibly boring. I mean, the beginning is pretty suspenseful, but the rest of the movie is quiet and slow paced. The characters are rather stock -you have the bitch, the best friend, the horny couple, the sensitive boyfriend, and Jamie Lee Curtis- but I do find it hilarious that the father of JLC is none other than Leslie Nielsen playing the role very serious and straight. I mean...the dude was in Airplane! Surely there's something wrong with that.
"There's nothing wrong with it, and stop calling me Shirley." (I'm sorry, could not resist).
Anyway, while I do find it quite nostalgic to see what prom was like in the 80's, other than that there's nothing much to say. The killer is actually quite obvious if you can put two and two together, the kills are pretty generic, and the music could not be more dated. One of the problems that really annoyed me was how dark everything is. All of the night scenes are really hard to make out because you can't see anything that's happening on screen. And I did watch this movie with the blinds shut and all the lights off. I did tilt my laptop so I could see it better, and still half the time I didn't know what was going on.
I do find the ending sad though. Without giving anything away, I didn't really feel satisfied with how things had to turn out. But it makes sense to the plot. For a fan of Jamie Lee Curtis, this is a film I've been waiting to see for a while. I'm glad I saw it, because her acting wasn't just good in Halloween, it was good in this one too. She is a fantastic actress. I adore her, she's beautiful and talented, and while the movie is a dud she does add appeal. This movie isn't worth watching otherwise, I'll put it at that.
Oh one final thing: Has anyone seen the knew DVD cover for this movie? It has Jamie Lee Curtis holding a bloody knife in front of the school. What?! That's giving away the wrong image. That would be like if you had Heather Langenkamp on the cover for A Nightmare on Elm Street holding Johnny Depp's head in one hand and Freddy's blades in the other. That. Does. Not. Compute!