#692 Prom Night (1980)

I’ve started watching Prom Night a few times before and always given up as the movie seemed far too generic and uninteresting to follow. Like many slashers of the time Prom Night doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, but just cut’n’pastes generic ideas from other movies to the mix: There’s a masked killer attacking out of nowhere, people fleeing and hiding – basically all the stuff you’ve seen elsewhere a thousand times before.

Interestingly Prom Night doesn’t just take cues from the numerous slashers of the time, but also incorporates sort of a half-assed Saturday Night Fever theme into the movie, including some campy choreographed disco dancing scenes. It is truly a strange thing to watch in a movie where most people except some tits and gore.

Being a Canadian movie Prom Night wouldn’t normally have made it to this site, but I decided to give it a chance as it stars Jamie Lee Curtis of the Halloween fame. Also, Leslie Nielsen who at the time was on the verge of his second coming as a comedy actor can be seen in a small part as the high school principle.

Neither actor bring anything to the table that’d make this movie worth your time.

80s-o-meter: 70%

Total: 12%