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Prom Night (15)

PUBLISHED: 13:15 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:16 24 August 2010

Prom Night (15) www.sonypictures.com/movies/promnight The people behind the forgettable 1980 slasher flick Prom Night must be feeling a mixture of delight and bafflement that writer J.S Cardone has officially hailed this 2008

Prom Night (15)

www.sonypictures.com/movies/promnight

The people behind the forgettable 1980 slasher flick Prom Night must be feeling a mixture of delight and bafflement that writer J.S Cardone has officially hailed this 2008 version a re-make.

Sure, if you produce a new version of the Shawshank Redemption, then you should probably acknowledge the original, but a plot about a psycho going on a stabbing rampage at a high school prom is hardly an idea worth copyrighting.

Everyone involved in this movie seems very proud to have laid their hands on such a magical idea and take themselves very seriously indeed.

The background to the story is high school teacher Mr Fenton (Jonathon Schaech) developing a crush on one of his young students, Donna Keppel (Brittany Snow) and then slaughtering her entire family when she doesn't respond to his affections.

Donna survives the mass killing, but Fenton is sent to a maximum security asylum.

Fast forward a few years and Fenton escapes just in time to gate-crash the high school prom of the emotionally scarred Donna.

Cue 90 minutes of scenes in a hotel with kids sitting in the ballroom arguing about who will be prom queen, whilst a very intense looking Fenton in a baseball cap randomly stabs cleaning staff and students in the rooms upstairs.

Director Nelson McCormick's comments that he spent five years trying to perfect the tone of this movie will surely come back to haunt him.

It is the tone which makes it so embarrassing.

Why didn't he just relax a bit, tear up his much loved script and have fun with a genre that is not supposed to be serious in this post-Scream world?

And who decided to set a horror film in a posh hotel that has about as much creepiness as an average Travelodge?

About 2 minutes of genuine frights in a 90 minute slasher film does not provide value for money.

By Ben Martindale


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