Borrowing shamelessly from Carrie and any number of gruesome exploitationers pic [from a story by Robert Gunza Jr] manages to score a few horrific points amid a number of sagging moments.

Borrowing shamelessly from Carrie and any number of gruesome exploitationers pic [from a story by Robert Gunza Jr] manages to score a few horrific points amid a number of sagging moments.

It opens with the falling death of a 10-year-old girl brought on by unmerciful teasing on the part of four of her peers. It’s six years later and prom night for the surviving kiddies and each is slated to meet an unsavory fate due to past exploits – unbeknownst to anyone.

Once the masked killer gets going it becomes a guessing game of who is the ax-wielding avenger and which, if any, victims will escape.

Director Paul Lynch seems to capture the spirit of the genre here, but spends a little too much time setting up each murder, thus eliminating some suspense.

Prom Night

Production

Simcom. Director Paul Lynch; Producer Peter Simpson; Screenplay William Gray; Camera Robert New; Editor Brian Ravok; Music Carl Zittrer, Paul Zaza; Art Director Reuben Freed

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Leslie Nielsen Jamie Lee Curtis Casey Stevens Eddie Benton
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