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Prom Night (2008)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery | 11 April 2008 (USA)
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Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, though a sadistic killer from her past has different plans for her and her friends.

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Nelson McCormick

Writer:

J.S. Cardone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brittany Snow ... Donna Keppel
Scott Porter ... Bobby
Jessica Stroup ... Claire
Dana Davis ... Lisa Hines
Collins Pennie ... Ronnie Heflin (as Collins Curtis Pennié Robinson)
Kelly Blatz ... Michael
James Ransone ... Detective Nash
Brianne Davis ... Crissy Lynn
Kellan Lutz ... Rick Leland
Mary Mara ... Ms. Waters
Ming-Na Wen ... Dr. Elisha Crowe (as Ming Wen)
Johnathon Schaech ... Richard Fenton
Idris Elba ... Detective Winn
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Aunt Karen Turner
Linden Ashby ... Uncle Jack Turner
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Storyline

Donnas senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, one of magic, beauty, and love. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her dark past. But when the night turns from magic to murder there is only one man who could be responsible, the man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive their Prom Night. Written by Davi Silva

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It was a memory she couldn't forget, but her nightmare has just begun. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, some sexual material, underage drinking, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche de graduación sangrienta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,804,941, 13 April 2008

Gross USA:

$43,869,350

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,197,876
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Holds the distinction of being the first slasher film in the history of horror films to receive a PG-13 rating (When a Stranger Calls (2006) doesn't necessarily count as the killer doesn't use knives), an aspect of the film that was critically reviled by fans and critics alike. See more »

Goofs

Richard Fenton's "disguise" is hardly foolproof enough for him to get around undetected. He merely trimmed his beard, leaving some stubble, and cut off his shoulder length hair to a buzz cut, and wears a baseball cap. That's it. The authorities would still be able to recognize that it's him based on his build, face shape, and overall physical appearance alone. Even stealing the clothes of a bellhop would not be enough of a disguise, as his face is still exposed even then. See more »

Quotes

Ms. Waters: Lisa! Wow! That is so...
Crissy Lynn: [off screen] Inappropriate.
Lisa: Crissy! Wow, your dress is so simple. It's so you.
Donna: [walking up the steps] Crissy, come one. This is prom, Let's just all be nice and forget the past.
Crissy Lynn: [walks down a few steps, to Lisa] As fellow prom queen nominee, I want to wish you luck tonight. You're gonna need all you can get.
Lisa: [intimidated] You think you got it all wrapped up, do you?
Crissy Lynn: [snearing] Well, they're certainly not propped up and on parade like yours are. That's for sure.
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Alternate Versions

The following differences between the Theatrical and the Unrated versions: 1. The father's bloody hand is a little longer. 2. After Donna tries to reach the police car, you can see an extended shot of her horrified face. 3. The Housekeeper's death scene is more explicit. 4. Claire finding Fenton is slightly altered. In the Theatrical version, Fenton instantly grabs Claire. In the Unrated version, Fenton slowly walks to her and Claire realizes it's him before being grabbed. 5. Claire is shown being stabbed twice in the Theatrical version, while in the Unrated version she is stabbed multiple times. 6. Claire's dead body shows more bloody stab wounds. 7. Micheal's death scene is a little longer. 8. Howard Ramsey's corpse shows a bloody cut wound on his throat, while in the theatrical, it showed no wound at all. 9. Lisa's chase scene is a lot longer in the unrated version: After Lisa falls down the stairs, Fenton is shown pulling his knife out. After Lisa runs to the construction floor, there is one brief shot of Fenton holding a knife. Lisa runs through the corridors a little longer. Fenton is shown walking to the corridors while Lisa is trying to reach the elevator. After Lisa closes the door, Lisa is shown peeking through the doorknob hole and Fenton is seen walking closer. Lisa hiding under the Table is a little longer. 10. After Donna finds Claire's body under the bed, her eyes were shut in the theatrical, while the unrated, her eyes were open. 11. After Michael's body is found by falling down from the closet, there is one more shot of his body. 12. After the SWAT team finds Lisa's body, you can clearly see a massive cut wound on her throat in the unrated. The Theatrical version shows Detective Winn's disgusted and horrified face instead. 13. After Winn sees blood dripping from the vent and peeks up. The employee's corpse is a little different. Just like Claire, his eyes were shut in the theatrical and his eyes were open in the unrated. 13. Bobby's cut throat wound is more bloody. 14. Winn shooting Fenton is more bloody and longer. Bloody gunshot wounds are shown more detailed than the theatrical version. Winn also shot Fenton two more times before he falls down. See more »

Connections

References Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I Still Remember
Written by Kele Okereke (as Kele Okerekel), Gordon Moakes, Russell Lissack and Matt Tong
Performed by Bloc Party
Courtesy of V2 Records International Limited/Vice Music, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Could be used in horror film school as a textbook example of what not to do...
22 August 2008 | by The_Dead_SeeSee all my reviews

Good grief I can't even begin to describe how poor this film is. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting much to begin with. Let's face it, a PG-13 slasher flick is pre-destined to be missing the ummm... slashing, so no one should be surprised by the lack of gore. But it was the level of incompetence and cliché on display in all the other aspects of this movie is what really blew me away.

We have a protagonist who is quite simply so completely useless that you find yourself rooting for the bad guy. And here's a turnup for the books... SHE NEVER CHANGES - hence breaking the cardinal rule of basic screen writing - character development. If you think by the end of this film the poor little girl is going to turn around and finally kick some arse then think again.

On top of this, we're handed possibly the least intriguing (and definitely the least scary) killer ever to grace the genre. I'm not joking when I say that Dora the Explorer has scarier villains than this movie.

Finally, because all the potential for tension or gratuity is removed by the inept (and apparently thirteen-year-old) director, what could possibly be left to fill up 2 hours of screen time?

Closets, that's what.

Lots and lots of closets: big closets, small closets, mirrored closets, closets to Narnia, so many damned closets you'll not want to dress yourself for another year. In fact this movie should have just been called "CLOSET", and had a picture of a big scary coathanger on the DVD case. On the back it could have had a photograph of the audience falling asleep and a quote by Roger and Ebert - something to the extent of: "what the f*@! did we just waste our time watching!"


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