Release Date: April 11, 2008
Starring: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter,
Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis,
Collins Pennie, Kelly Blatz,
James Ransone, Brianne Davis,
Kellan Lutz, Kessalyn Gilsig,
and Linden Ashby
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 88 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures
Director: Nelson McCormick
Executive Producer: Christopher Ball, J. S.
Cardone, Marc Forby, Glenn S.
Gainor, and William Tyrer
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Writer: J. S. Cardone
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Living with her aunt and uncle after the death of her family, Donna is still recovering after three years of torment and nightmares. However, it is the night of her senior prom, and she tries to put her fears behind her, looking forward to a great new life. Her boyfriend, Bobby (played by Scott Porter), is very supportive and caring, and does not press her. He encourages her to move on with her scholarship to Brown, and that if they are meant to be together, they will be together.
Three couples go together in a rented limosine, including Donna and Bobby, her best friends, Lisa (Dana Davis) and Ronnie (Collins Pennie), and Claire (Jessica Stroup) and Michael (Kelly Blatz). The group has gotten a suite at the Pacific Grand Hotel, the venue for the prom which has been paid for by wealthy class diva, Crissy Lynn (Brianne Davis). Obviously, the renting of the suite gives the impression of evil and the intent of their youthful lusts.
Predictably, the killer shows up at the hotel and begins killing off everyone with whom he comes in contact. He manages to get a master key to the rooms, and waits in the suite for his “idol,” Donna. Everyone but Donna comes to the room, however, and his killing spree continues. The action moves back and forth between the dance and the suite, and the eventual crowning of the king and queen of the prom. Eventually, the police get a fax about the killer’s escape and rush to the hotel, which leads to a suspenseful finish.
The story is very predictable. PROM NIGHT is a scary, unsettling movie that may generate fear, though perhaps not in horror fans who prefer more blood-soaked R-rated fare. It is a “slasher” movie, but it does not revel in gore. Perhaps because this killer was a seemingly normal character, a teacher, he is that much more frightening, rather than the typical masked “Michael” from HALLOWEEN, or “Jason” from FRIDAY the 13th. If anything, PROM NIGHT is scary teenage flick with typical teen testosterone behavior. Though the killer is clearly made to be evil, which could cut down on any copycat crimes, and the teenagers don’t consummate their sexual plans.
The terror plot in PROM NIGHT is predictable, but it works. Though PROM NIGHT is a teen “slasher” film, it is heavier on suspense than blood and gore. It also speaks against the loopholes in our legal system that too often allow leniency for psychopathic murderers. Even so, the movie contains strong violence, scary scenes and plenty of foul language. Also, the teenagers intend to drink alcohol and engage in sexual relations. Thus, it is more than excessive.