Prom Night (1980)

prom night 1980

It has been a long couple of days with many many bad movies, but now we are getting into the Halloween Home stretch and I think I back loaded the Movie Madness with some good flicks. Today’s movie was Prom Nigh, not the modern remake, but the classic 1980s version with Jamie Lee Curtis. It has been a few years since I last saw this and my former viewings were more passing then anything else, but I thought I would take a more critical look at it and while although the film has its flaws, its a pretty good film. Watching it you will be reminded that although Jamie Lee Curtis got her big breaks in Horror films, it was her talent that helped he crossover to more mainstream films.

The plot of the film is simple enough. Some kids are responsible for a little girls death and many years later they are stalked by a mysterious stranger who is seemingly seeking revenge. To say the film is formulaic though would be an oversimplification. Sure we have the stalking and killing that would define horror films starting in the late 1970s, but in this film, you cannot help but feel some sympathy for the killer. I will stop there about plot, because I do not want to give too much away.

The kills in the movie are creative and some are borderline humorous. The movie’s disco prom background dates the film a whole lot, but in a way I only find endearing and the supporting cast, which includes Leslie Nielsen, is wonderful. A great Halloween film for all to enjoy. So happy am I with this film that I am inducting Ms. Curtis as Kim Hammond into Series 1 of my “Retroist Legend’s of Horror” web trading cards. Collect them all and trade ’em with your friends.

Legends of Horror Kim Hammond


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