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Prom Night

"Prom night is the night for farewells..."

A group of kids was playing in the remains of an abandoned school when suddenly one of the children, a young girl, gets thrown out a window and dies. The children promise to keep the secret. A decade passes but the events come back to haunt them during a graduation ceremony.

Kim, the sister of the deceased child, and all her childhood friends receive their diplomas that night. However, many of them do not show up because a murderer lurks in the shadows, murdering the teenagers with an axe, one after another.





The first scene that comes to mind when I hear the title is Leslie Nielsen trying to hide how bad a dancer he is by talking. Then, I remember there is more disco music that there are murders and because of the time of production, it is a current happening to see producers dilute action within dialogue.

Prom Night is easily compared to Halloween and Friday the 13th which started the slasher movement. However, it can be proud of having inspired a new style: the Scream series, the I Know What You Did Last Summer series, Urben Legends, etc.

The assassin uses an axe and wears a black hood. It is not very creative but because the sequels to this movie will have nothing to do with this one, I won’t complain too much.

The actors in this movie are now among the most popular (Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, John Travolta). However, we sort of get the feeling the director asked them to act badly in the movie.

The quality of the movie is good, the acting average. The scenario is simple but is pleasing for a horror movie made over twenty years ago.

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Memorables aspects
- A decapitated head rolling on the dance floor and finally ending the dance.

Memorables characters

Released in: 1980

Movie type: Horror - Slasher - Thriller

In the same series:
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
Prom Night III: The Last Kiss
Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil

Films in similar category:
My Bloody Valentine
Cherry Falls

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( 2001-12-02 )  

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