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    Posted: April 04 2008 at 5:05am

FOR ONCE, WE HAVE a REMAKE WITH a REAL SHOT at OUT-CLASSING the ORIGINAL VERSION (WHICH ISN'T SAYING MUCH, SINCE the 1980 PROM NIGHT WAS YOUR BASIC PANTY-RIPPING-SLASHER FLICK). 

BUT WHEN YOU CAN'T TELL from the ADS IF a FILM IS TRYING to BE LAUGHABLE OR NOT, YOU KINDA FIGURE the QUEEN of THIS YEAR's PROM NIGHT COULD ALSO BE CROWNED a RAZZIE® QUEEN NEXT FEBRUARY...

SO, FORUM MEMBERS --  START YOUR RENTED LIMO's ENGINES, and FEEL FREE to...RUN IT DOWN!

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Maybe I'm just being cynical, but could the impetus for this latest remake/rip-off of an old horror movie be the fact that the 1980 original (which starred a very young Jamie Lee Curits) spawned no less than THREE SEQUELS (IMDb LINK)?

You can kinda guess at the quality of those older sequels by noting that the first of 'em came along SEVEN YEARS after the 1980 "Prom Night"...and Scream Queen Curits had absolutely NOTHING to do with any of the follow-ups!!

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote moviewizguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 04 2008 at 7:36am

I'm VERY looking forward to this. One of those horror movies that looks really good. I know, it's not going to be a masterpiece. Cliched-filled or not, I will certainly enjoy this (or hope to)! I mean, look at the TV spots -- They look like they put some razzle dazzle into this picture! I don't know, but that's just me...

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote tomsmobr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 05 2008 at 5:03am

The three SEQUELS #1 Film Freak was referring to are:

Prom Night II: Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)
Prom Night III: The Last Kiss (1990)
Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil (1992)

Originally posted by #1-Film Freak!!

...the 1980 original spawned no less than THREE SEQUELS...

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote movieman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2008 at 1:18pm
I saw this with a friend, and there were only three other people in the
theater, and the movie was fricking hilarious! seriously, if the girl victims are
dumb enough to be making decisions as dumb as running down the stairs
with your high heels on, then you deserve to die! if this so-called
horror movie doesn't have you bursting into a round of laughter once,
I'll be amazed!
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I HATED this movie. Me and my parents were able to predict every death before they even happened! The only reason it's not the worst movie of the year is because of "In The Name Of The King". Worst Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actor (for Jonathan Scheach as the deranged teacher), Worst Screenplay, Worst Screen Couple (Snow and Scheach), and Worst Remake and Rip-Off. This is way worse than "Deal".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote movieman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 20 2008 at 1:40pm
I know what you mean! As soon as she hid in the closet at the climax, me
and my friend predicted that the shadow she saw would be the black
detective and that the killer would pop up in the closet with her. And that's
exactly what happened!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MiguelAntilsu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2008 at 3:05am
What was the point in creating this film?  The original was terrible enough and this only makes it worse.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote movieman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2008 at 9:06am

It's been said that they should only redo the movies they got wrong the first time, because it's inevitable that the remakes of good ones can't equal their predecessors.

Unfortunately for this one, it was even worse than
that forgettable slasher flick...   

Originally posted by MiguelAntilsu

What was the point in creating this film?  The
original was terrible enough and this only makes it worse.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote moviewizguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 28 2008 at 7:01am

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 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.

Forget about what you've heard about this movie. Forget about the
critics panning this film. Forget all of that. This movie isn't bad as
people said it was. When horror fans think "slasher" and "PG-13," they
assume it won't mix well, because the base formula for a slasher is
blood, guts, and gore. Unfortunately, since this movie is PG-13, it has
barely any of that.

Now here comes the catcher: This movie relies more on suspense, a
brooding, ominous atmosphere, and sound effects to scare the audience,
which, more or less works. The bad thing is that there are some
clichés. The good thing is it's different from everyday slashers. Like
I said, barely any blood is spilled in here.

If you don't like the sound of that, well, skip this movie. It isn't
for you. Yes, the clichés are still there, like some big "WTF" moments
pop out in the middle of some scenes because of some characters' stupid
moves. Other "WTF" moments, in my opinion, is the unusually high body
count, which is ten or more. I found some kills very unnecessary but I
guess it was to please the gore hounds out there, which obviously
didn't work. I was also disappointed in the end.

Apart from those flaws, the film stands up pretty well. I appreciate
that the film was trying to do something new. I love the use of sound
here, and if you know me, I usually don't praise horror movies for
their sound effects. The use of sound makes this movie more suspenseful
and gives it a more dark tone. I also love the way the kills were shot.
It was different and unique.

I also liked the fact the filmmakers decided to show the killer's face
within five minutes into the movie. Judging from the trailer, you would
think they'll show it in the end but you're wrong. The performances
were good. I also felt some sympathy for the characters, which is also
another high point in the movie.

Overall, the way this film was shot, the use of sound, and some other
magical elements in this film, like the young, unknown cast, gave the
film some life. The film is not perfect in any way but I liked that it
was trying to be different, and although it may have failed with many
viewers, whom weren't likely the target demographic in the first place,
I appreciated that. 6/10

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Post Options Post Options   Quote moviewizguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 28 2008 at 7:02am

Originally posted by movieman

I know what you mean! As soon as she hid in the closet at the climax, me
and my friend predicted that the shadow she saw would be the black
detective and that the killer would pop up in the closet with her. And that's
exactly what happened!

Really? When I saw that, I thought it was one of the better actual scares in the movie. I didn't expect that at all because rarely any horror movie does it so I was surprised but I guess it's different from other people.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote movieman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 28 2008 at 7:36am
I can see some of what you are saying, some of the the sound and ominous techniques might work if they were given some better direction and if the teens in peril were not complete idiots who have apparently never watched a horror movie before. And as you said, the movie is saturated in cliches and formula(you know that old cliche where the damsel in distress jumps from something she thought was the killer and it ends up being something completely harmless? That happens to Donna about 10 times).

And another thing, why would they show us the everything the killer does, there's never a moment of shock or surprise. You even see the killer check in to the hotel while another one of the teens get keys for the room. DON'T SHOW US THAT! Let us find out later and let us connect the dots you draw out. Another thing, why are you showing us a killer for so often and not tell us his motives? My best guess is that its for sexual desires, so he slaughters her family to get to her or some kind of crap like that.

Which brings me to another point, I find it hard to believe that Donna would be able to heal so quickly after her teacher/killer slaughtered her brother and dad and she watched him kill her mom while she hid under the bed. From the other psychological movies and Dr. Phil I've watched, my best guess would be she ends up dropping out of school and become a drug addict that works out on sixth street. But hey, I haven't had anyone kill my family, maybe I could move on and live my life like nothing happened too.

This movie might have been scary if you were to erase all the horror movies that have come in the past 30 years starting with the original Halloween, but after seeing as many horrors as I have, this is as the consensus says, "a dim and predictable remake of an already dull slasher flick".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wolfee37 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2009 at 12:20pm
Originally posted by moviewizguy

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 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.

Forget about what you've heard about this movie. Forget about the
critics panning this film. Forget all of that. This movie isn't bad as
people said it was. When horror fans think "slasher" and "PG-13," they
assume it won't mix well, because the base formula for a slasher is
blood, guts, and gore. Unfortunately, since this movie is PG-13, it has
barely any of that.

Now here comes the catcher: This movie relies more on suspense, a
brooding, ominous atmosphere, and sound effects to scare the audience,
which, more or less works. The bad thing is that there are some
clichés. The good thing is it's different from everyday slashers. Like
I said, barely any blood is spilled in here.

If you don't like the sound of that, well, skip this movie. It isn't
for you. Yes, the clichés are still there, like some big "WTF" moments
pop out in the middle of some scenes because of some characters' stupid
moves. Other "WTF" moments, in my opinion, is the unusually high body
count, which is ten or more. I found some kills very unnecessary but I
guess it was to please the gore hounds out there, which obviously
didn't work. I was also disappointed in the end.

Apart from those flaws, the film stands up pretty well. I appreciate
that the film was trying to do something new. I love the use of sound
here, and if you know me, I usually don't praise horror movies for
their sound effects. The use of sound makes this movie more suspenseful
and gives it a more dark tone. I also love the way the kills were shot.
It was different and unique.

I also liked the fact the filmmakers decided to show the killer's face
within five minutes into the movie. Judging from the trailer, you would
think they'll show it in the end but you're wrong. The performances
were good. I also felt some sympathy for the characters, which is also
another high point in the movie.

Overall, the way this film was shot, the use of sound, and some other
magical elements in this film, like the young, unknown cast, gave the
film some life. The film is not perfect in any way but I liked that it
was trying to be different, and although it may have failed with many
viewers, whom weren't likely the target demographic in the first place,
I appreciated that. 6/10

 

Totally agree with you in everything you said. Took the words out of my mouth. There is a quote floating on this board somewhere (I think its on The Women board) that remake should be left for flawed films, which I completely agree with. The original was complete sh*t. Which is why I was fine with this film, unlike some other unesscesary remakes (cough*Angel Heart*cough)....

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michaels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2009 at 1:49pm

Originally posted by moviewizguy

Overall, the way this film was shot, the use of sound, and some other
magical elements in this film, like the young, unknown cast, gave the
film some life. The film is not perfect in any way but I liked that it
was trying to be different, and although it may have failed with many
viewers, whom weren't likely the target demographic in the first place,
I appreciated that. 6/10

Again with the usual 6/10 rating. So with the exception of three or four movies listed in this forum, all of them are about "average" in your view.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote movieman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2009 at 2:06pm
By the way, moviewizguy, this is off-topic, but you used "whom" incorrectly. It should be "who", as far as I know. "whom" goes is used along the same usage with "him", "her", and "them". The word, "who" would be used in in the same parts of sentences as "he", "she", and "they". You wouldn't say, "them weren't likely the target", you would say, "they weren't likely the target", so the correct way to say it would be, "who weren't likely the target".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michaels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2009 at 2:31am

Well, moviewizguy would be happy to know this movie was only listed as Worst Remake on our first voting ballot, but managed to get away without anything else...

 

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