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Prom Night (1980)

by  |  July 8th, 2011  |  Horror

In the early days of my interests in collecting movies, I came across a fun little horror movie called Prom Night…

What makes Prom Night a fun, truly awesome B movie, is the cast that they got to fill the roles! Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies) when she was still in her Scream Queen faze as well as Leslie Nielsen (The Naked gun franchise.)

Written by William Gray (Journey to the Center of the Earth) Directed by Paul Lynch (Poltergeist: The Legacy) and starring Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) Leslie Nielsen (Airplane) and Casey Stevens (The Littlest Hobo)

Prom Night tells the story of 4 kids who many years ago had taunted little Robin Hammond (Played by: Tammy Bourne) until she fell to her death.

Cut to a few years later and the children being very nearly full grown adults. They are getting ready for their prom.  A night where kids can cut loose.  Where fun and debauchery run rampant and on this particular night something a little more!  The night of every high school students life!

Kim (Curtis) and her friends.

Little do these highschoolers know, is that some one else has also decided to step out to the Prom, and this person knows their secret and wants them to know in the most violent of ways that he knows their secret!

There is a couple of other things that I thought that I would mention here that I thought was cool:

1. It turns out that Brock Simpson (who played, young Nick in this movie ) also went on to be the only actor to have appeared in all of the original Prom Night Films in the series.

2. Another thing that I found that was interesting is that, the director (Paul Lynch) was having trouble getting the financing for this movie, that was until Jamie Lee Curtis came on board, and then everything fell in to place from there… Financing, etc…

3. Another piece of interesting trivia, is that even though some of the music from Prom Night was used in horror films in other countries.  The actual sound track for this film was never released in the U.S.!

4. I also thought that I would mention here that this movie (which was filmed in Canada), was nominated for 2 awards at the 1981 Genie Awards of that year. The first one being “Best Achievement in Film Editing” which would have went to Brian Ravok, and “Best Performance by a Foreign Actress” which would have went to Jamie Lee Curtis, had they won.

5. The last thing that I thought that I would mention here is the fact that this movie has since had 3 sequels and 1 remake in 2008.

With that said, If your looking for a great campy fun film with a suprisingly fun cast and story then I highly recommend this one as it still holds up after over 30 years!

Nathan Strack


I am a huge Horror/B-Movie/Grindhouse movie fan! Rather it be Writing/Acting/Directing or just watching one I love it all!

Shock Waves (1977)
The Video Dead (1987)
Psycho (1998)

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