Friday, March 4, 2016

Movie review: Prom Night

Donna and her friends are finally at their anxiously awaited Senior Prom. Unfortunately on the same night a teacher previously obsessed with Donna, and serving time in prison, escapes. Determined to live out his obsession, he will make the prom a night to remember for everyone.

Brittany Snow (Donna), Scott Porter (Bobby), Jessica Stroup (Claire), Dana Davis (Lisa), Johnathon Schaech (Richard Fenton), Idris Elba (Detective Winn).

Sadly, the plot of this movie is a thin veil for a run of the mill slasher flick and is barely even needed.

Schaech and Elba were two of the most experienced actors in the film and it showed. Both of them delivered very good performances while the rest of the cast left something to be desired. I actually had a hard time feeling bad as people were killed and was almost cheering as the shrill screaming whiney teens were eliminated. This film truly came across as aimed at the PG-13 crowd and lacked the depth needed for an adult audience in many ways.

Camera work was okay although some of the flash shots were too quick and got repetitive. Special effects weren’t very interesting, nor was sound. Dialogue was Jr. High School at best and again, lacked any depth.

I would say teens and above should be fine with this one. I don’t recall any nudity although there was some language, violence and blood. Adults can skip this one, teens will probably enjoy it.

Released: 2008
Reviewed: 2.23.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Teen Screams, Slashers and Serial Killers, Mystery

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