Prom Night was just another picture in a long line of slasher films that debuted in the early 80's. Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen star in this horror film. One of Canada's contribution to the slash and hack "teen" flicks that has maintained "cult" status due to a scene at the prom. This movie also has a couple of nice set pieces. Too bad because a couple of nice set pieces do not necessarily make a movie "great". The proof is in the pudding it's just another horror film living off of it's name recognition . Amazingly enough, this movie inspired three sequels that have little to do with the first film except the name of the high school "Hamilton High."
Even though the first Prom Night is an average horror film it's a classic compared to that dreadful PG-13 remake. That movie is just awful, at least with the original we have a few good kills. I would recommend this film any day or that one.
* out of **** "Prom Night" is derivative, boring, bland, ridiculous, stupid, and the worst "classic" slasher/horror film I've seen since "My Bloody Valentine". The film offers no surprises, no suspense, and no substance. It isn't scary, there's nothing worth anticipating, and all-in-all, it just plain sucks. Why it has garnered a semi-large cult following, I shall never know. I'll never quite understand what people see in such an unoriginal and unintentionally hilarious product … more
It's horrifying, all right - that this shoddy, wholly worthless slasher flick (starring numerous painfully overripe "teens") has a small cult fan base. Without Leslie Nielsen or Jamie Lee Curtis in its cast, this would have surely been lost and long forgotten by now.