Cast: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis, Collins Pennie, James Ransone, Johnathon Schaech.
Director: Nelson McCormick
Script: Neal Moritz (based on the 1980 thriller directed by Paul Lynch)Rated: Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, some sexual material, underage drinking, and language.
A frenzied knife-wielding psychopath is on the loose inside a hotel. He’s got a master key that unlocks the door to every room – courtesy of a cleaning lady he just stabbed and killed. Are you scared? You should be. Only Prom Night, (a remake of Paul Lynch’s 1980 horror film of the same name starring Jaime Lee Curtis) leaves a lot to be desired.
Prom Night tells the story of Donna Keppel (Brittany Snow) a high school student who struggles with persistent memories and nightmares of her mother’s murder at the hand of her former high school teacher, a man who has since become obsessed with her. “Having the dreams is your way of reliving the experience. Think of him as a phantom, he’s been put away and he can’t hurt you anymore,” her therapist assures her. But Donna – who can’t get the killer’s face out of her mind – thinks she sees him everywhere she goes, and she’s still very much afraid of him. On the night of her prom, he comes back to get her, killing more of her friends in the process and forcing her to face her fears head on.
As much as I hate to admit it, I nearly jumped out of my seat a few times while watching Prom Night. And Brittany Snow – whose film credits include starring roles in John Tucker Must Die and Hairspray – delivers a convincing performance as a terrified young girl who can’t escape her tragic past. But sub-par acting from the rest of the cast (with the exception of great acting from Friday Night Lights‘s Scott Porter, who plays Snow’s boyfriend) coupled with blasé chase scenes and the sheer implausibility of the story make Prom Night a forgettable and only slightly engaging movie experience.