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Blu-ray Review: Jamie Lee Curtis Is The Final Girl In 1980 Slasher Horror PROM NIGHT - Movies In Focus
The box office success of John Carpenter’s Halloween in 1978 led to a slew of slasher films throughout the 1980s. Paul Lynch’s Prom Night is probably one of the first to follow in the heels of Carpenter’s classic. Like Halloween, Prom Night stars Jamie Lee Curtis as a high school student stalked by a masked killer. The big difference is that this time it’s on…the night of her Prom. This Canadian horror film feels like it was made by a group of people who decided that they wanted to make a mash-up of Carpenter’s aforementioned horror, Brian DePalma’s Carrie and Saturday Night Fever. That’s a pretty strange combination of movies and Prom Night might just be the first (and only) disco-slasher. Aside from that, it doesn’t quite deliver on any level. Star Jamie Lee Curtis could do this type of movie in her sleep and she acquits herself well enough with the material she is given (it’s not Halloween, that’s for sure). The main curiosity on display is that Prom Night features one of Leslie Neilsen’s last non-comedic performances (Airplane! was released the same year and there was no turning back). Prom Night might have offered-up some entertaining thrills when it [...]