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Prom Night (2008)

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Tedious slasher flick is both gory and boring.

Movie PG-13 2008 88 minutes
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Prom Night Review

This is a remake of a slasher flick that I personally did not like. But this remake is just okay. It is a almost goreless PG-13 slasher film. The acting is okay. I just wish it was at least R rated. So I say okay for ages 13 and up. It is just fine.
age 14+

Well even know its pg-13 its still gory 14+my suggested rating rated R for strong horror violence, grisly images, and terror, and underage drinking, 14+.

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Prom Night is a fairly plotless film, even by the low standards of horror moviemaking. From the outset, we're told who the killer is and what he wants, so there are no red herrings or misdirection, just a series of slashings and stabbings as various prom attendees and innocent bystanders are picked off one by one. Schaech's Fenton is a shabby, thinly-drawn bad guy, and Snow's Donna is a plucky, standard-issue horror film heroine. Even the superb Idris Elba (The Wire) is wasted as a cardboard caricature cop who's infuriatingly inept. Prom Night feels more generic than anything else -- like it was assembled from a box labeled "Horror Movie Scenes."

Deeply flawed, Prom Night is a by-the-numbers horror flick that confuses mere violence with real vitality and substitutes shock for suspense. Compared to better-done examples of the genre (see below), it manages to be both violent and deathly dull.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 11, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: August 18, 2008
  • Cast: Brittany Snow , Dana Davis , Johnathon Schaech
  • Director: Nelson McCormick
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 88 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence and terror, some sexual material, underage drinking, and language.
  • Last updated: October 20, 2023

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