An attractive cast of young performers lead by Brittany Snow (Hairspray
) is the main selling point for Prom Night
, a remake of the 1980 Canadian slasher film starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Snow makes for a capable lead as the sole survivor of her family's massacre at the hands of an obsessed teacher (Jonathan Schaech), who returns three years later to finish his campaign on the eve of her senior prom. While no one's idea of a classic horror film, the Paul Lynch-directed Prom Night
offered viewers a modest whodunit angle in between the killings; here, the villain's identity is known from the get-go, and what's left is a string of mechanical stalkings (which feature a surprisingly modest amount of blood) and reams of turgid teenspeak, which is handled as best as possible by Snow and her cast mates. The end result is a dull, suspense-free chiller that manages to make its mediocre source material seem inspired by comparison. Older moviegoers may note the presence of actors Idris Elba and James Ransone, both used so well on The Wire
, and so thoroughly wasted here. --Paul Gaita, Amazon.com
Loose remake of the 1980 horror film. Brittany Snow stars as Donna Keppel, a troubled girl who is preparing to celebrate her senior prom. A few years earlier Donna's parents were murdered by Richard Fenton, one of her old teachers who had developed a dangerous obsession with her. Donna survived and three years later she is willing to put her past behind her and look to the future with optimism. Unfortunately, the man she thought had gone forever has escaped from prison and is willing to kill anyone who attempts to stop him from reuniting with his one and only Donna.