Sunday, March 1, 2009

Prom Night (2008, Nelson McCormick)

You may or may not have read my review of the original Prom Night starring Jamie Lee Curtis. That film could be considered by some as a classic but I myself thought it wasn't that great. When I found out there was a new Prom Night coming out amidst the current endless supply of horror film remakes, I had mixed feelings. I thought the original could definitely be improved upon but at the same time I wondered how much you could truly polish a turd? I was a little disappointed when I found out that this new Prom Night wasn't actually a remake but a completely different story with only the name in common. I was still interested enough to check it out.

High School student Donna Keppel (Brittany Snow) is haunted by the memory of her family being murdered by a former teacher who was obsessed with her. Flash forward three years where Donna is going to the prom with her boyfriend Bobby and four friends. After arriving, it is revealed that her psychotic teacher escaped from jail and is stalking her at the prom.

Unfortunately, this film is not any better than the original Prom Night. I did think Johnathon Schaech as the psycho teacher was effectively creepy but the rest of the film was predictable, anti-climactic and run of the mill. There was too little character development, especially with the killer which I think would have helped the story. The rest of the characters are basically just there to be pointlessly slaughtered.


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