With its extended disco dancing sequence and an uncomfortably serious role for Naked Gun star Leslie Nielsen, the 1980 slasher flick Prom Night hardly merits rediscovery. And yet somehow telly hack director Nelson McCormick and screenwriter JS Cardone have managed to desecrate that film’s worthless memory.
In the place of Jamie Lee Curtis, Brittany Snow steps up for the scream-queen crown as Donna, a teen recovering from the death of her family at the hands of an obsessive stalker Richard (Johnathon Schaech). On Donna’s prom night, tricky Dick escapes from a mental institution and her friends start disappearing one by one.
A slasher movie without slashing, Prom Night is a bloodless, bland affair which stretches the credulity of the gullible: a beardy/weirdy killer who dematerialises at will, a police presence from the Keystone Kops line of citizen-protection, and endless recycling of ancient clichés such as the predicable shocks when Donna closes the mirrored cabinet above her bathroom sink.
Not much more than an endless series of shots of girls looking in closets, Prom Night is aimed squarely at making the fastest possible buck from the teenage thrill-seekers.
General release from Fri 6 Jun.