PROM NIGHT revisited.

I noticed that Prom Night (1980) was streaming on Amazon Prime.  So, naturally, I gave it a re-watch.  It's been several years since my previous/initial viewing.  I have a few takeaways from this revisit.

The first thing that stuck out like a sore thumb was the hazy dream-like filter that's all over the entire movie.  It annoyed the hell out of me at first, but it eventually grew on me and gives the film a unique charm.  It's not overly distracting, but it does take a few minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to it.

All the early-morning scenes in the movie are visually stunning.  A few years ago this is isn't something I would've noticed or paid too much attention to.  But those awesome and eerie early mornings where there's a thick fog and a layer of dew on everything is perfectly captured in this film.

The film itself isn't great by any means, but like I stated, this film has a unique charm that can't be ignored 38 years later.  Friday the 13th pre-dates this movie by two months.  But F13 is known for ushering in the camp slasher craze (which I will be eternally grateful for), but Prom Night doesn't nearly get the credit it deserves for introducing us to the modern "whodunit" teen slasher, something F13 also did.  It's a subgenre that faded quickly and made a huge re-emergence in the late '90s and early 2000s (and now again in the late 2010s).

I will give the filmmaker's credit for keeping Jamie Lee Curtis' role somewhat limited.  I mean, you had a huge breakout star in Jamie Lee and you didn't exploit that (unfortunately, Terror Train did).  So a big hats-off to that.

My only real complaint with the film is the super anti-climactic ending.  Yeah, the killer is revealed and all, but there's no real final confrontation...and the killer's exit is quite dull...leaving a few unanswered questions and red herrings left out in the wind.

Horror seems to be back at full-force nowadays and so are the slashers.  But it never hurts to go back and see where this sub-genre's humble beginnings began to take root.

Why oh why couldn't Prom Night (2008) have been a shot-for-shot remake?  I think people might have actually enjoyed it.

But it's all good.  I enjoy the original Prom Night and hopefully you, too, find the time to revisit this classic slasher.

Comments

MOST POPULAR THIS YEAR

My Jamie Lee Curtis/HALLOWEEN (2018) theory.

My trip to fictional Lanford and the ROSEANNE filming locations!

WTF! is a slow-burn slasher that's tons of fun!