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Doesn't miss a single cliché...,
This review is from: Prom Night [DVD]  (DVD)
Well, this sure isn't a very good film - in fact, it's quite awful - but, for an awful film, it's still rather more enjoyable than it has any right to be. I think what you need before you start watching it is to write down absolutely everything you'd expect to find in this particular type of horror film, and then you can tick them off as they appear. And by the end you'll have an awful lot of ticks...oh, there won't be many blank spaces on your page at all! And don't even restrict yourself to thinking of just horror films, you're gonna get the blood-dripping bit from the western "Rio Bravo" too!! And for an extra big laugh, take a look at the name of one of the companies involved in co-producing it: "Original Film". Somebody sure has a fine sense of humour!!!
What you won't find are any twists, turns or surprises in its plot. How could there be in something so relentlessly devoted to formula? And you won't find very much blood either. It's all kept very clean and "safe" to ensure an American PG-13 rating. But it's all quite efficiently made, it's just that the spark of inspiration is nowhere to be seen. Scares are notable only by their absence, but its absurdity and predictability are oddly endearing and make it rather amusing, especially as it goes on. And thankfully it does not run long enough to outstay its welcome. Realistic it is not either: when our heroine is finally told "It's all over" and we happily fade out, are we really meant to believe that she's now going off to live happily ever after if she's been through all this stuff?? All right, this probably isn't the type of film to invite deep thinking, so I'll shut up...
There are a number of extras, but they don't amount to much. The handful of deleted scenes are worthless, but you might get some enjoyment out of the making of. Yes, it's the usual stuff of the cast and film-makers congratulating themselves for having been brilliant and talented enough to have produced such a wonderful piece of artistic delight. And I am sure they do more of the same on the commentary too. Sigh.........