Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Prom Night (2008)

Remake of "Prom Night" (1980)

Donna is going through a tough time dealing with the death of her parents.  A year earlier, an obsessed teacher, who wanted to be with Donna, came to her house looking for her.  When he could not find her, he killed her family.

It is now prom night and a year later.  Donna has been doing well trying to get over the terrible murder of her parents.  The killer was caught and is serving a life sentence in jail.  Donna and her friends go to the prom and have the most important night of their lives.  Little do they know that for some, it is the last night of their life.  The obsessed, murdering teacher has escaped from jail and he is killing off Donna's friends while trying to find the perfect time to approach Donna.  Can Donna survive the criminal acts of this madman? 

"Prom Night" was not a great movie.  It is good to see another teen slasher movie, but this one did not work.  I do not remember the original very much.  I only remember that I did not like it.  This version is rated PG-13 and that is a big problem with this movie.  A slasher movie like this is supposed to show a lot of violence, but with a PG-13 rating, they were very limited.  I have seen more violent things on television than what was in this movie.  It all looked very phony.

A very big problem with the movie was the continuity.  One thing that sticks out was a scene where the detective is trying to find Donna.  Donna's friends are stopped by the detective and they tell him that she went up to the 3rd floor to find her friend.  They then run to go to the 3rd floor, presumably.  But no!  They all run outside to get to the other detective.  That detective asks if Donna has been found and they say no.  Another friend says that she went up to the third floor.  They then run back inside to get her.  I don't really understand it.  It seems like such a dumb mistake that anyone would notice.

The acting in "Prom Night" is fine.  Nothing special.  Typical slasher type acting.  

Ultimately, "Prom Night" did not do much for me.  It kept me somewhat entertained, but it did not keep me on the edge of my seat.  It was not scary and I did not care much for the characters at all.


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