Mary Lou Maloney (Lisa Schrage) is a popular student at Hamilton High School. At the school's 1957 prom, she is destined to become prom queen only to have it snatched away from her in an accident that leads to her death. 30 years later in the same school, Vicki Carpenter (Wendy Lyon) unknowingly releases Mary's soul from a chest in the school's basement. Mary Lou has returned to the world. -summary
The only thing Prom Night 2 (1987) has in common with the original Prom Night (1980) that starred Jamie Lee Curtis is the name, and quite frankly, that's just not a bad thing at least in my case. The original movie was a poorly paced, excuse of a slasher that wasn't only cheap with the slashes, but the end results really didn't deliver at all. Now this movie isn't THAT much of an improvement though, however, I can manage to remain focus and not worry about the Z-monster bombarding me with sleep-inducing hay-makers. Directed by Bruce Pittman, Prom Night 2 is somewhat entertaining despite how heavily it apes from other horror films in the same class.
For starters, this movie uses a supernatural theme as it borrows heavily from both A Nightmare on Elm Street and Carrie. It doesn't reach anywhere near the same level of greatness as either film mainly because it takes itself far less seriously; this isn't exactly a flaw to me, since it handles certain elements well enough. The plot follows Vicki whom finds herself suffering from some type of hallucinations with Mary Lou at the center of it all. Her everyday life flips to a darker version and she finds herself quite possibly falling deeper into insanity. During this time, Mary Lou is working her way towards a possession.
If I'll say anything was done well it was developing Vicki's character by making her out to be somewhat sympathetic. The world doing cartwheels in one's face is more than enough to drive anyone insane, but combine that with an overly religious and domineering mother, well, it creates a nice recipe for screwed up young person. I liked her character, especially as she breaks away from the innocent type and lashes out due to her mood swings. The movie works its creep factor decent enough through the hallucinations and other supernatural occurrences. Unfortunately, this is about all it does well.
The film has a low death count and I really don't have a problem with this as long as they deliver, or if the film does a great job handling its atmosphere. Prom Night 2 comes up short on both of those areas (more the former); with the exception of one cool death, the rest comes off quite lame with some very weak gore. Mary Lou isn't exactly a bad horror villain, if anything, she is by far the least believable. It's completely unclear what made her into such a powerful ghoul in the first place. I get what she came back for and why she was so angry, still though, there should have been an attempt to raise her story above the level of nonsensical. It feels too much like things are happening just because. I will also point out that the events leading to the ending were quite corny, and it felt like the creative team just started getting high when filming that portion.
I thought the acting was decent enough with Michael Ironside turning in a good enough performance, along with Judy Mahbey as Vicki's mother. She definitely effected my feelings towards her character and things like that will always be a plus for me. Another huge plus is definitely the female nudity, I mean shit, Wendy Lyon has one hot bod with the smoothest looking butt cheeks. She's practically a goddess to me. There was also some effort into the set pieces in regards to the dream segments. They were decent in providing that otherworldly feel.
In closing, Prom Night 2 isn't a movie that I totally dislike. I can watch it around Halloween time or if someone comes through and it grabs their interest. It's very far from a truly bad movie. I only recommend this as a rental only if you're looking for something you don't have to put much thought into.
Pros: -Watchable at the very least
Cons: -Issues with story elements, weak death scenes and gore for most part
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