Prom Night (18)

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Review byMatthew Turner04/06/2008

Two out of Five stars
Running time: 88 mins

Bog-standard, unimaginative and oddly bloodless slasher remake that wastes a talented cast and delivers very little in the way of actual suspense.

What's it all about?
A remake of a 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis movie, Prom Night stars Brittany Snow (Hairspray) as traumatised teenager Donna Keppel, whose family was murdered by her obsessed high school teacher, Richard Fenton (Jonathon Schaech). Three years later, Donna lives with her aunt and uncle (Jessalyn Gilsig and Linden Ashby) and is trying to put her past behind her as she prepares to attend her high school prom with her boyfriend (Scott Porter) and best friends Lisa (Dana Davis, from Heroes) and Claire (Jessica Stroup, from Reaper).

However, on the night of the prom, Fenton escapes and comes looking for Donna, infiltrating the prom's swanky hotel venue and lying in wait. Can Detective Winn (Hackney's own Idris Elba, from The Wire) get to Donna before Fenton kills all her friends?

The Good
The only thing that Prom Night has going for it is its attractive and talented cast - even the killer is good looking. It's just a shame that the unimaginative script doesn't give them anything interesting to do. Snow and Elba in particular both deserve better than this.

The Bad
Prom Night is directed by Nelson McCormick, who you'd think would know something about suspense, having directed episodes of TV's Prison Break. Sadly, there's very little in the way of tension or thrills here and McCormick resorts to so many fake scares (friends appearing suddenly, lamps falling over, that sort of thing) that it eventually becomes rather annoying.

Similarly, though you can just about forgive the sequences set in the hotel, the house-based finale is packed full of characters behaving like they've never seen a horror movie before, despite everyone in the house knowing that the killer is coming to get Donna. Wouldn't everyone just sit huddled in the living room, with cops stationed both inside and outside?

Worth seeing?
In short, the 15 certificate should give you an idea of how scare-free Prom Night is. Rent the 1980 original instead.

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Prom Night (18)
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