“Prom Night Remake” - Reviewed by Pinheadspenpal
One word: lame
That’s it really; I can end the review here with that more than adequate description of the film. But for those who think I am being hasty and want more detail then I will go on, but once watching the film you will agree that ‘lame’ is probably too polite a word to use.
Three years after finding her father and brother dead and hiding under the bed while her mother gets killed off, Donna Keppel, now living with her aunt, is about to graduate from high school. While out with her friends in preparation for prom, Donna thinks she sees the man who killed her family across the road but guess what magically happens when a car passes? I come along, push said killer into on going traffic thus saving you all from watching the rest of this dire film. That’s what should’ve happened but what does happen is the killer disappears (shocking). Later that day, Donna’s boyfriend Bobby and the rest of the typical slasher film teens arrive in a limousine and whisk Donna off for what should be one of the best days of her life.
Meanwhile, the detective who imprisoned the killer three years earlier discovers the killer has escaped prison (because it’s just that easy) and runs along to warn Donna’s aunt and uncle. Back to prom and the killer is offing anyone who gets in the way of his pursuit for Donna. People are killed, blah blah blah, Donna cries, end.
I haven’t seen the original so I can only assume it’s infinitely better than this remake (or maybe I’m wrong?) and, unfortunately, I can’t make any comparisons. But I can tell you that the film, in my opinion, is not scary and there is no gore, how they made the trailer look like something watchable beats me. I remember sitting in the cinema and seeing the trailer thinking I wanted to watch it. So glad I didn’t waste money to see this excuse for a horror. I would be extremely embarrassed to be associated with this film so shame on you Mr Director who I care so little about to actually find out who it was.
The film lacks suspense and any kind of twists (you know who the killer is so there’s no unmasking accompanied by the line “and I would’ve got away with it too if it wasn’t for those meddling kids”). There’s barely any fright, the film is missing blood something you expect to see in a death scene but guess the budget didn’t stretch that far; and you kind of just think ‘hurry up and kill everyone so I can go to bed’. The killer’s disguise is a hat so he is the most unthreatening murderer ever in film history (or so I think).
Reading back over this review I feel a tiny bit bad for all the negativity. It was made after all so there has to be something good about it right? Erm…I guess the hotel was nice they were staying in. So let’s go back to the beginning and amend my original description – two words: boringly lame.
Running time: 88 mins
Starring: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup