Saturday, April 12, 2008

Prom Night Review

PromnightThanks for checking out our Prom Night review!

The General Idea

Plot outline from IMDB: Donnas senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, one of magic, beauty, and love. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns from magic to murder there is only one man who could be responsible, the man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive their Prom Night.

The Good

The villain was very off-putting (you could hear people in the audience mentioning this to one another). He was usually stone faced, but was able to just creep you out with his stare; this is a good quality for a movie killer to have. With a better script and more true to type slasher film, Johnathon Schaech would make a great killer; here his ability was underutilized and his “creepiness” went to waste.

The Bad

The kill scenes in this film were far too convenient. The killer was able to destroy anyone he wanted to at will; and usually without a hitch. This killed suspense; you knew no one was getting away and that the killer would have no obstacles until the end of the film. The complete lack of surprise overall was a shame, everyone knew how this one was going to play out, and was sad it did just that.

You don’t see any of the slash action and there is next to no blood. I am not kidding - people are lying dead with slit throats and you see a few drops of blood. It was like the corpses were already drained of their juice by giant leeches (I wish that was the case). It appears that in order to lessen the rating of this film they deliberately closed the tap on the blood and gore. Slasher films need blood like comedies need jokes.

This film seemed very long at 88 minutes, I am guessing it was due to its repetitive nature. We would have a dance scene at the prom, a scene with the friends talking about their future and/or relationship problems, a shot of the cops in the hotel - and then the killer would stab somebody. Rinse and repeat until the end.

Overall

I don’t think PG 13 horror films are the greatest idea unless you have incredible vision and the talent to pull it off. This was a forgettable and lackluster movie. Watching my cat give birth (just 2 days ago) was a more macabre experience. I would suggest you skip this one and out of 10, I would give it a 3.

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