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Genre: Thriller
Starring: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis, Collins Pennie, Kelly Blatz, James Ransone, Brianne Davis, Johnathon Schaech, Idris Elba
Director: Nelson McCormick
Rating: NC-16 (Some Frightening Scenes & Brief Nudity)
Year Made: 2008




- Director & Cast Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
- Alternate Ending
- Gag Reel
- 4 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes



Languages: English/Spanish/Thai/
Subtitles: English/Spanish/Thai/
Portuguese /Chinese/Korean
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 29 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Three years ago, Donna (Brittany Snow of John Tucker Must Die) watched in horror as an obsessed predator (Johnathon Schaech of 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.


We have just relived the fond memories of prom night, thanks to High School Musical 3: Senior Year’s fabulous musical getups, and along comes this horror slash fest that takes us to the other end of the spectrum. And we read that this is a remake? Shouldn’t prom nights be everything bright, cheerful and romantic? Why would anyone want to remake such a movie? And for the record, remaking an already dull and dreary movie into an even duller and drearier one?

The 88 minutes of this unnecessary movie has our protagonist believing that prom night will be the best night of her life, where everything sweet and lovely will come together on one magical night. Her best friends should make her forget her horrific past. But as the night turns into a murder spree, the poor girl is reminded of what happened to her years ago, and must find a way to escape death.

Not a terribly exciting plot, we hear you say. But this formula has worked for ages, and people will continue paying money to enter theatres, hoping to scare themselves with unoriginal and terribly executed shocks. But who are we to gripe about this wasteful use of resources? That’s not exactly the point of this review, so we apologize for digressing.

Back to the movie, we have Brittany Snow (we thought she was a hoot in John Tucker Must Die and Hairspray) who tries her best to look petrified whenever the killer holds up a knife. We give her credit for her efforts, but the yawn fest of a movie really doesn’t get anywhere except the finale where the kids realize that they are at the mercy of a ruthless psycho, and being running around and screaming their heads off. Poor them.

The thriller also stars Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis and Johnathon Scaech. Who are these people again? Well, we have never heard of them ourselves, and this definitely doesn’t help the already lackluster and tedious thriller to be any more interesting. Oh, we think we saw Ming Na Wen (of The Joy Luck Club fame) appearing as a doctor, or something.

Director Nelson McCormick has no absolute reason to take this project, because there is no extreme violence or bloodshed, no exciting plot twist and no scary villain to surprise viewers. What audiences get instead are stiff performances from the forgettable cast, and a story so formulaic it becomes tiresome to watch.


We remain bewildered why the DVD producers would go the distance to include so many special features for a movie like this. Is there too much free space on the disc? Are they hoping that we would like the movie more with the bulk of information? Are they trying to make things a little more difficult for DVD reviewers? We have no idea, but we go through all of them because we love our job.

Commentary with director Nelson McCormick, Brittany Snow and Johnathan Schaech – The sparse feature commentary has the director and stars Snow and Scaech talking about the movie. They start off pretending that they are on the morning show, and proceed to talk about the songs used in the movie, how they think the actors are talented and memories of their own prom.

Deleted Scenes – There are five minutes worth of five deleted scenes which comes with optional director’s commentary. One has the resident bitch talking about how she will be prom queen, and another has a police officer explaining how a psychotic inmate may have escaped prison.

Alternate Ending – The 36 second alternate ending has Snow in the arms of the police officer while hearing the baddie’s voice. Snow says in the optional commentary that she is glad this wasn’t the chosen ending.

Gag Reel – The two minute clip shows the stars goofing up on set. We love seeing the cast break into laughter whenever they try to film an intimate scene.

Bridgeport High Vikings Video Yearbook – The six minute clip is rather redundant, showing the “students”’ past activities in school. Unless you are hoping to get some inspiration for your own prom, this is obviously a filler feature for the DVD.

A Night to Remember: The Making of Prom Night – This 13 minute featurette has the cast and crew talking about how the prom is a strong and powerful subject for a movie, and how the whole event is a coming of age and symbolic. Someone says that it’s a death of youth – nice analogy.

Profile of a Killer – The six minute featurette explains the psycho killer’s rationale for turning psychotic. These people look really serious about getting the viewers informed.

Gothic Spaces: Creating the Pacific Grand Hotel – Watch how the Park Plaza Hotel built in 1925 is transformed into a movie set. The looming music does make us feel spooked out by its majestic grandeur. The five minute clip has the cast and crew talking about how the building has a personality and becomes a character in the movie.

Prom Night Photo Album: Real Prom Stories from the Cast – Finally, some fun here. The cast talks about their memories, how guys would find it so difficult to ask girls out, and how girls made up lies to reject guys. The six minute clip is probably the most entertaining clip to watch.

Previews – Trailers of other Sony releases like Starship Troopers 3: marauder, Lakeview Terrace and Quarantine are included on the disc.


After slamming the movie, we don’t really have much to complain about the visual transfer, and there are English, Spanish Portuguese and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


. Prom Night (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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