Prom Night
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This low-budget, tongue-in-cheek horror film of the slasher genre -- which had recently been popularized by Halloween (1978) -- stars that film's lead, Jamie Lee Curtis, as Kim Hammond, a prom queen who becomes a scream queen. Six years ago, a little girl was taunted by four classmates and fell to her death from an abandoned schoolhouse. The quartet of kids promised to keep their complicity in the accident a secret. Now it's their prom night and they've got the jitters because they have recently been receiving phone calls and notes from an ominous, unknown individual claiming to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Paul Lynch seems to capture the spirit of the genre here, but spends a little too much time setting up each murder, thus eliminating some suspense."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Because it's quite easy to figure out the killer's identity by simply keeping track of who is off screen a lot, much of the movie is just vamping for time."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Unusually incompetent from start to finish..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"You'll just have to enjoy the scenes of Curtis disco-dancing and wonderful moments such as when the severed head of a victim rolls across the dance floor."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Now this is a horror classic!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"If you forget motivation, the visual trick-or-treat of slow revenge is entertaining enough."
‑ , Time Out
"A special movie. Not by any means a great one; only barely and inconsistently a good one."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"By the time the killer fully emerges from the shadows, clad head to toe in black, leaping around like some Filipino ripoff of Spider-Man 3, the game is pretty much lost."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"so so so boring"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Why do people go to these movies?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Pop Culture Rule No. 1: Wait long enough and even the stinkiest trash gets recycled into art."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"The prom setting does little except provide the opportunity for a ridiculous disco interlude, while the killings are nasty rather than scary or effective and the outcome eminently guessable."
‑ , Film4
"Great soundtrack."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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