Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Prom Night (1980) (DVD)

If you don't already know, I am a huge fan of horror films. I guess you could say that they're my favorite genre, and after seeing the remake of Prom Night, I though I should go back and watch all the originals of these classic horror franchises. Along the way I hit a speed bump every now and again. This would be one of them.

Originally, I didn't know that Jamie Lee Curtis, the Scream Queen, had starred in it and when I found out, I was like, "Alright! This is going to be good!" Boy, was I wrong. This movie is horrible.

Prom Night is originally about a grop of teenagers who accidently kill one of their friends as little children and vow never to tell anybody. Well, that doesn't exactly work out because on the night of their high school prom, a stalker calls each one of them, claims to have witnessed this murder, and threatens to claim revenge.

When I read this synopsis, I was like, "Sounds  a lot like I Know What You Did Last Summer." I wasn't too far off, so already I was feeling like I've been here and done this which made this movie even more boring than it is.

What makes this movie boring? I'm glad you asked . Well, for starters, it isn't even remotely scary. At no point was I on the edge of my seat, gripping the side of my chair intensley while I waited to see who was going to get axed next; it just kind of happens.

Next, the acting is terrible. With the exception of Leslie Nielsen, this movie is nothing but a bunch of uninspired one-liners delivered at the level of a junior high play. Even Jamie Lee seems kind of bored with the material.

Well this movie is called "Prom Night", I guess we should show some people dancing. Oh! And here's an idea: lets show nothing but people dancing for about fifteen straight minutes! Yes, fifteen straight minutes of the worst slam dancing I'd ever seen. I wanted to take out my DVD; however, I was too lazy to get up so I actually  considered tearing my eyes out.

While Hollywood is into remakes right now, the horror genre seems to be a huge target and honestly, I perfer the remake over this piece of garbage.

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