So excited for prom! Yay!!
On this night 6 years ago there was a terrible accident. Kim's little sister Robin was found dead at the sight of an abandoned convent. But what looked like the grisly work of a murderer was actually the result of an innocent game gone wrong. Robin had been playing with her friends Nick, Wendy, Jude, and Kelly when they started relentlessly teasing her causing Robin to back away and fall to her death from the second story window! Instead of going to the police, the kids all swore that they would never tell anyone what had happened even though it was an accident. And for all those years Kelly (Mary Beth Rubens), Jude (Joy Thompson), Wendy (Eddie Benton), and Nick have kept their secret. And to wrap the entire case up with a neat little bow, the police found a convicted rapist that they could pin Robin's murder on. Case closed! But not really...
Someone doesn't want little Robin to be forgotten.
Even though all these years have gone by, Kim, her mother (Antoinette Bower), her father and high school principal (Leslie Nielsen), and little brother Alex (Michael Tough) all struggle when the fateful anniversary of Robin's untimely death comes around. But because it's prom night everyone wants to buck up and have a good time! But someone isn't too happy with this attitude. It all starts in the morning when Nick, Jude, Wendy, and Kelly all receive creepy phone calls from someone with a raspy voice right before school. Mirrors are shattered in the girls locker rooms, things go missing or get broken during prom rehearsal...but the true terror doesn't begin until the doors open for the dance. As soon as the disco ball drops and the funky fresh beats fill the gym, a masked killer starts going after all the teens that were involved in little Robin's murder! Who is this masked killer? And can they be stopped before prom night is ruined?
Watch out kids! He's gonna get ya!
This movie was so much fun! While it is a little slow paced at times, I can never say anything bad about an 80s slasher movie. The pacing of this movie actually reminded me a lot of Dario Argento's movie Deep Red - how we see little snippets of things that allude to the killer but not enough to give us clues. And while all the creepy murder stuff doesn't happen until the end, I think what kept me so engaged up until then was this ridiculous disco-themed prom and how excited the kids were for it! I mean, disco is fine and all but watching this hip teens doing these funky rehearsed dances and really getting into the beats with all the flashing lights and the blinking dance floor... it's almost too much! I'm sure this was a great and chilling horror movie for its time but it hasn't aged well - now it's a much better horror-comedy than just plain horror movie. However, I don't know if the same can be said for the 2008 remake. Maybe I'll be looking into that one in the near future too! Until then, Prom Night is fun for a laugh and some light-hearted scares. But don't be expecting anything daring.
It's not the best, but it's good for a laugh!