Prom Night (I) (2008)

PG-13   |    |  Horror, Mystery


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Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, though a sadistic killer from her past has different plans for her and her friends.

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Director:

Nelson McCormick

Writer:

J.S. Cardone

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12 April 2008 | nomad-48
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| Less scary than the kid toucher episode of Webster
Prom Night is shot with the artistic eye someone gives while finely crafting a Lifetime original film. You know the one. This October, Lifetime takes a break from the courageous tale of a woman surviving (insert disease name here) to tell the somewhat creepy tale of a woman pursued by a stalker ex-boyfriend. It's dramatic … it's sappy … it's immensely dull. It does nothing to further a genre, tell an original story, or strive for ANY sort of newness. Prom Night shares this plight. Watching the killer poke holes in his victims, we sit silently as they slump to the floor with not a drop of blood spilled. It occurred to me that this was the cleanest killer in movie history.

Our director is working with a fairly good-looking killer so he is forced to pour on the camera angles to make him appear creepier. Think about Matthew McConaughey coming at you with a knife. You'd probably go … "OH! Good lookin guy is going to kill me? Naaaa." Not scary even for a second, so the director throws Schaech into shadows and over the shoulder in the mirror. This mirror shot is repeated to the point of sickness as it practically becomes a fetish of the creator. You'll get 15 jump scares in this film, 2 of which made my date jump (I might mention she is afraid of EVERYTHING). I'd also mention she decided to take a nap halfway through the film and at one point threatened to leave me.

As if this film were not disjointed enough, it appears to be cut to shreds. I'm not saying it looks like key points were left on the cutting room floor as the crew scrambled to salvage some semblance of a horror film; I'm saying as the film moves from scene to scene, you often get a jarring jump. This is the kind of thing you'd expect when a film catches fire and a projectionist is forced to splice ends together, cross his fingers, and hope for the best. The editor should be shot.

With a plot you can pack into two sentences, one stray spray of blood, an emo killer, and the tension of a very special episode of "Silver Spoons", we're left with no reason to support horror this weekend … at least on the big screen. In fact, this is the sort of film that should be punished. Is it really that hard to make a scary movie? Was this crew even aware they were making a horror film??!! A complete waste of my time and yours. I bit the bullet to get you this review. Don't let my sacrifice be in vain. DON'T GO INTO THE MOVIE!!!

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Trivia

Both Jessica Stroup and Idris Elba starred in This Christmas (2007).


Quotes

Richard Fenton: Oh, I've missed you.
Donna: No!
Richard Fenton: There isn't a moment where I haven't thought about you, Donna.
Donna: Please don't do this. Please!


Goofs

When Donna is going back to her room after the alarm has sounded, the camera switches from behind to in front of her. When it does, you can see a man walking around in T-shirt and Jeans. The entire building had already been evacuated and no one should have been upstairs. That and besides the fact that everyone was in prom attire.


Alternate Versions

The following differences between the Theatrical and the Unrated versions: 1. The father's bloody hand is a little longer. 2. After Donna tries to reach the police car, you can see an extended shot of her horrified face. 3. The Housekeeper's death scene is more explicit. 4. Claire finding Fenton is slightly altered. In the Theatrical version, Fenton instantly grabs Claire. In the Unrated version, Fenton slowly walks to her and Claire realizes it's him before being grabbed. 5. Claire is shown being stabbed twice in the Theatrical version, while in the Unrated version she is stabbed multiple times. 6. Claire's dead body shows more bloody stab wounds. 7. Micheal's death scene is a little longer. 8. Howard Ramsey's corpse shows a bloody cut wound on his throat, while in the theatrical, it showed no wound at all. 9. Lisa's chase scene is a lot longer in the unrated version: After Lisa falls down the stairs, Fenton is shown pulling his knife out. After Lisa runs to the construction floor, there is one brief shot of Fenton holding a knife. Lisa runs through the corridors a little longer. Fenton is shown walking to the corridors while Lisa is trying to reach the elevator. After Lisa closes the door, Lisa is shown peeking through the doorknob hole and Fenton is seen walking closer. Lisa hiding under the Table is a little longer. 10. After Donna finds Claire's body under the bed, her eyes were shut in the theatrical, while the unrated, her eyes were open. 11. After Michael's body is found by falling down from the closet, there is one more shot of his body. 12. After the SWAT team finds Lisa's body, you can clearly see a massive cut wound on her throat in the unrated. The Theatrical version shows Detective Winn's disgusted and horrified face instead. 13. After Winn sees blood dripping from the vent and peeks up. The employee's corpse is a little different. Just like Claire, his eyes were shut in the theatrical and his eyes were open in the unrated. 13. Bobby's cut throat wound is more bloody. 14. Winn shooting Fenton is more bloody and longer. Bloody gunshot wounds are shown more detailed than the theatrical version. Winn also shot Fenton two more times before he falls down.


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We All Fall Down
Written by
Frankie Blue and Jim Latham (as James Latham)
Performed by Frankie Blue and Jim Latham (as James Latham)
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Television Inc.
Under license from Sony Pictures Music Group

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