Prom Night (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Nelson McCormick Starring: Brittany Snow

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boring and predictable

on 5/11/2012

I did not have high expectations for this movie, but it was even worse than I expected. There is a huge lack of suspense. You find out almost immediately who the killer is and realize early on that he basically is going to stab everyone he sees. There are no dramatic effects, no gore and no connection to the characters . The only character I did end up caring about was Donna, her friends had such dull storylines that you almost didn't miss them when they died. It was so predictable which characters were going to get slashed and the police stakeout was a joke. Read More

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Product Overview

Three years ago, Donna (Brittany Snow, John Tucker Must Die) watched in horror as an obsessed predator (Johnathon Schaech, That Thing You Do!) murdered her family. Tonight is her senior prom and although she's anxious about the past, she's excited to celebrate her future with her friends. What Donna doesn't know is that the deranged psychopath has escaped from the asylum. He's returned to hunt her down, intent on killing anyone who gets in his way. As the night races towards its heart-pounding conclusion, the question becomes not who will be prom queen, but who will survive the killer's rampage.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 208180131
UPC 043396191211
UPC 14 00043396191211
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/3/2010
Rating UR
Keywords
High School Experiences
High School Students
Stalkers
Teenagers
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note It's been three years since her family was murdered by a teacher obsessed with her, and Donna (Brittany Snow) is getting ready to go to the prom with her boyfriend, Bobby (Scott Porter). Now living with her aunt and uncle, Donna has just started having nightmares again about the tragedy, especially the part where she was hiding under the bed as she watched the teacher, Richard Fenton (Johnathon Schaech), kill her mother. On prom night, Detective Winn (Idris Elba), who handled the original case, is suddenly told that three days ago Fenton had broken out of the psychiatric hospital where he was imprisoned, and is now missing. With a strong suspicion that Fenton will be heading after Donna to fulfill what he believes is his destiny--to be with her--Winn and Detective Nash (James Ransone) go to the prom, which is being held in a lavish hotel, to keep their eyes on Donna and to watch out for Fenton. But Fenton is a crafty villain, already on another murderous rampage as he makes his way toward Donna, who he believes belongs to him and only him. Nelson McCormick's remake of the 1980 thriller PROM NIGHT, which starred scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, has been completely reimagined by screenwriter J. S. Cardone. Instead of focusing on the body count and grisly methods of murder, McCormick--who has directed episodes of such hit television shows as E.R., COLD CASE, and HOUSE--delves more into the mind of the characters, especially Donna, Fenton, and Winn. The creepy mood is enhanced by cinematographer Checco Varese's shadowy photography and Paul Haslinger's eerie score. Dana Davis gives an excellent supporting performance as Donna's friend Lisa, who is determined to be named prom queen over snobby rich girl Crissy Lynn (Brianne Davis).
Directors
Nelson McCormick
Actors
Brittany Snow
Cast & Crew
Johnathon Schaech - Star
James Ransone - Star
Dana Davis - Star
Brittany Snow - Star
Brianne Davis - Star
Jessica Stroup - Star
Collins Pennie - Star
Idris Elba - Star
Brad Davis - Star
Kelly Blatz - Star
Scott Porter - Star
J.S. Cardone - Screenwriter
Paul Haslinger - Composer
William Tyrer - Executive Producer
Glenn S. Gainor - Executive Producer
Neal H. Moritz - Producer
Toby Jaffe - Producer
Bruce Mellon - Executive Producer
J.S. Cardone - Executive Producer
Jason Ballantine - Editor
Chris Ball - Executive Producer
Marc Forby - Executive Producer
Checco Varese - Director of Photography
Jon Gary Steele - Production Designer
Nelson McCormick - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00043396191211
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 89 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review By its nature, the slasher film is not a terribly deep or complicated effort. To be successful, all such a movie needs is a sympathetic victim/protagonist, an implacable killer, a suspenseful buildup, and (most importantly) a cornucopia of blood and gore. The 2008 version of Prom Night misses on all four counts, making it virtually worthless by any measure of the genre. Despite having the same title and a similar premise to a 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis flick (kids getting slaughtered on prom night), this is not a remake. In fact, it really doesn't have much of a plot. It's basically The O.C. with a body count...It's a bore, even taking into account unintentional moments of humor that resulted in audience members jeering. This is a case study for Filmmaking Ineptitude 101. Director McCormack is so bad at his job that he can't even execute an effective "boo!" moment - one of those things that even the worst horror movies seem to get right. While the PG-13 rating will undoubtedly allow Prom Night to score some extra money at the box office, it has eliminated any possible guilty pleasures associated with the viewing experience. Why did slasher movies become so popular during the '80s? Blood, guts, and T&A. Those were the elements that kept Michael, Jason, and Freddy coming back repeatedly. Take them away and what are you left with? Prom Night.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Snow,Brittany
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Joe Leydon, Variety A surprisingly effective teen-skewing thriller...
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide ...this reworking of the fondly remembered high-school slasher picture works surprisingly well on its own terms.

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