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on 21 November 2014
This is the horror classic that had it all. It paved the way for future horror films as well as horror parodies, particularly "Student Bodies." The film starts off with a childhood incident which later relates into killings. This film seems to have iit all: creepy janitor suspect; former killer/suspect on the loose; disco ball, creepy dial phone with no caller ID; an axe; a killer who is omnipresent; a drive-in, a shower scene, bad sound track, bad fonts, and Jamie Lee Curtis.

It is a campy horror by today's standards, but a classic in its time.

F-bomb, butt nudity, near sex.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 December 2013
Of course the big problem with the wave of slasher films that followed in the wake of John Carpenter's Halloween, is that the bar had already been set very high. Then there's the issue of just what do slasher fans want from their movie of choice? Wall to wall kills with blood shed everywhere and without due care and attention of story substance? Or some character and story development building to the terror? Prom Night is the latter, if you prefer the former and you have not seen this then you really are advised to stay away as you will be asleep after an hour.

Paul Lynch's movie works on its basic terms, where although it inevitably is a Halloween clone, the story build is of interest. The killer isn't hard to figure out, mind, so we are kind of in a situation where the last half hour holds few surprises, but back story is solid, red herrings nicely fried and there's a good quota of suspense as the stalk and slash arrives. Acting is of the usual standard for such fare, with Jamie Lee Curtis holding court, and Leslie Nielsen headlines but isn't in it much and does a cringe worthy dance scene that is horrifying in itself. 6/10
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on 2 June 2015
A 10 year old girl falls to her death following a prank and the three other kids she was with swear to keep silent, six years later at there high school prom they are being stalked and attacked by a masked killer.

Generic and slow but brilliantly fun stalk'n'slash horror. Released at the start of the so-called golden period of similar slasher type horror's, this stands out more simply because of its star power and excellent last third. The only real downside is apart from the opening "kids" scene nothing really "horrific" happens in the first hour, yes the characters are a bit more fleshed out in this part but for some it will be just a tad slow, but when the killings star the picture shifts into gear and really gets going. The whole prom sequence is very good, the fairly "generic" disco soundtrack is great, it really adds to the faster pace in this period of the film, the violence and gore scenes are also great and even though the killer is (very) obvious from early on, it doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the horror element. The performances are excellent for such a film, Jamie Lee Curtis is her usual scream queen best, although her role is a little bit strange, she is the lead "teen" but never really in the one being victimised, Leslie Nielson in one of his last non-comedic roles is another strong asset, but the best part of the film is the climax, the revelation is no surprise but the surprisingly emotional and expertly played last scene is brilliant and leaves a very satisfying conclusion to the film.

Definitely one of the best early 80s stalk'n'slash movies made, memorable for the right reasons and actually very well made. This is another Section 3 nasty title that defies belief, no more gory than a multitude of its contemporaries so it makes you think that the authorities may just have been picking horror titles at random.
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on 1 May 2012
The original prom night will always remain the best but still its certainly not one of the best slashers from the 80's! The plot is pretty basic and its quite predictable who the killer is right from the start! There is some cool gore moments but not enough to satisfy a gorehound! The cast is good and are in their prime back then but that does not save the film from being average! Worth checking out once but wont need repeat viewing.
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on 15 April 2002
This movie has to be one of the best cult horror films of our time. Yes the clothes are dated yes so is the music but Prom Night will get you jumping out of your seat and hiding behind your pillow. The story is of a girl & boy that lost their sister at a young age because of bully's. The children that bullied her get what's coming to them one by one in a what goes around comes around story line.
Great twist at the end, screams all the way through, this is one for any horror fiend! I have owned this movie for five years and in my opinion is almost as good as Halloween.
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This movie I would pin down is one of the great ultimate slasher movies that really did pave the path for slasher movies of the future.

Unlike Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or Halloween (which admittedly are the two prime examples of inspirational slasher movies of their time), this one actually has a plot, and while it does lose itself at certain points, it has a valid point somewhere under all the insanity.

An elementary school game (a little like tag but with more sinister play) ends up in the accidental death of young Robin Hammond . The kids all decide to never speak of it again, unknowing that someone else saw them and knows what they did.

Years later and the kids involved in Robin's death are all getting ready to attend their senior prom, including Robin's older sister. But as the mirrorballs start to twirl and the world's longest disco tracks begin to play, one by one, the ones responsible for Robin's untimely death all begin to perish at the hands of a masked killer hell bent on revenge.

This movie is a must have for the horror fanatic - it's the kind of movie that influenced modern horror like Scream and Valentine. It's horror that just plain makes sense.
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on 25 January 2015
Great romp from 1980, this film is horrific on two fronts. The extended disco sequence and the perms, mullets and fashions of the day are exceedigly gruesome as are some of the ways in which the killer in this outing dispatches victims.
There is no point being critical abour this film. Its a slasher and just ia what it is.
There is a great extended stalking sequence. the usual revenge plot dynamic, some brats out to spoil scream queen Jamie Lee Cutis's big day, the usual escappe from mental care, a masked killer who is NOT the creepy janitor and some gore.
In some ways this is like a Scooby Doo film for adults, but i greatly enjoyed it.
Just wallow in the atmosphere.....the 70s and 80S were the heyday of horror film making
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on 24 November 2015
Love the boxset, was expecting a much thicker boxset BT it only comes in a single DVD case with 4 discs, I guess it saves room! I loved them all except for the 4th was a bit boring.
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on 18 December 2000
Prom Night has a little more plot than Halloween but lacks the suspense and originality. I love this movie and choose not to see the unknown sequels because they sound so terrible. I love the main chase scene. And there is some humor in this movie. It's the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" of the 80's and I beleive it to be much better.
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on 16 December 2015
It is good to get the full set of Prom Night films. I have not seen them for some years, indeed they were only available as VHS tapes when I last saw them..
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