ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Entertainment and Media»
  • Movies & Movie Reviews

Movie Review: "Prom Night" (2008)

Updated on December 12, 2012
Source

DISCLAIMER: This review may contain spoilers.

Did the filmmakers of this "Prom Night" remake actually watch the original 1980 film? Based on what I've seen here, I'm going with probably not. Apparently, all they learned from it is that it has something to do with a high school prom and there's a killer stalking a group of kids.

The original "Prom Night", which starred scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, was set around an accidental murder which a group of kids were involved in. Fast forward years later when the kids are older and are now in high school, there's a big prom coming up and somebody is picking off each of these kids one by one.

Apparently, somebody was watching from a distance when the murder took place and now he wants to make these kids pay for what they did. We never knew who the killer was or his motivation behind doing this, not until the very end of the movie. And man, what a twist that was.

The 2008 remake does everything wrong from the very beginning. In the original, the killer was the brother of Jamie Lee Curtis' character, she's heartbroken to discover this in the film's climax. In the remake, it's some one dimensional crazy high school teacher (Mr. Fenton) who is sexually obsessed with Donna, one of his students and the film's dumb heroine.

Indecent Exposure

The movie begins with Donna coming home to discover that her family has been slaughtered by Fenton and he's waiting for her. Congratulations, "Prom Night" of 2008, you just made your first big mistake by showing us who the killer is within the film's first few minutes... BIG MISTAKE!

One of the great things about the original, as I said above, is that we never found out who this guy was until the end of the movie. There was a sense of mystery that ate away at everybody watching the film. That sense of mystery is nowhere to be found here, there is simply nothing to look forward to except for the closing credits.

Fenton 101

When there's so many things wrong about your film's villain, that's saying a lot about your movie's credibility. Forget incorporating some mystery element into the plot, this fool is a mystery in of himself.

I guess the biggest question is why is Fenton obsessed with Donna? We never find this out. He's just... obsessed... because that's what the script needs him to be.

Also, he seems to have some type of psychic powers because he somehow always knows when someone is going to be at a certain place at a certain time. For instance, there is a scene when Lisa (one of Donna's friends) and her boyfriend go to their hotel room to have intercourse.

How does he know that she was going to be there? Moments later, Lisa finds a clue that Fenton is somewhere in the hotel and comes running out of her lovemaking session to warn Donna. Fenton is waiting outside the hotel room to kill her next.

So was Fenton going to wait there all night? What if she never came out at all? What if she never found the clue? Is he just going to stand there all night and play Nostradamus?

Prom Night or Grammy Awards Night?

Are the filmmakers absolutely certain that this is indeed a high school prom that these kids are going to? It looks more like the Grammy Awards. Seriously, a high school prom being this extravagant? I don't buy this horse feces for one second.

The screenwriter of this "Prom Night" remake obviously has never been to or actually seen a high school prom ever in his life. I mean it's pretty much common sense how a high school prom is supposed to look and where it is supposed to take place. Otherwise, I have to ask... How on Earth did they cough up the money to fund such an expensive-looking prom? Did half of the teaching staff receive pink slips?

Another thing, pay close attention to the scene where the kids first arrive outside the hotel where the prom is taking place. There's at least fifty random people standing on the sidelines out there who are: 1) Not going to the prom; 2) Do not work for the hotel. So why are they there? Did they get all dressed up to watch the stupid kids walk through the front door before they die?

Random Things That Make No Sense

  • In an early scene, Donna opens the mirror cabinet in her bathroom, closes it, then her mom is suddenly waiting right behind her with a towel for... no reason whatsoever... when she could have easily waited by the bathroom door which is just to the LEFT of the mirror/sink which Donna was standing in front of. I don't get it, is this like something her mom does just for fun? You know, scare her every once in a while. Probably not, I didn't see either of them laughing afterwards. I guess the screenwriter needed a cheap excuse to scare the audience.
  • Detective Nash drives Donna and her boyfriend home, he greets her family and we are given a close up of Nash shaking Donna's father's hand -- ummmm why!?
  • The Prom Scene -- Wait a second, that's what the filmmakers consider as.... "dancing"!?
  • Lisa runs down a staircase, the killer is in pursuit, she breaks the heel on one of her shoes and falls down the stairs. Then Lisa gets up and runs from the killer while wearing the other shoe. Was this girl trying to find an excuse to slow herself down so the killer could catch up to her?
  • There's a fire alarm going off, everyone is ordered to evacuate and all that our female heroine can think about is: "I left my shawl upstairs, I've got to go get it"!?
  • The two idiot detectives soon decide it's time to evacuate the building. Great idea. Hey, how about locking everyone in the goddam prom room so that the bad guy doesn't sneak out with the crowd (which is what he eventually did).
  • So the detectives try to comfort Donna's family by saying there's no reason to believe that Fenton will come to their house to get Donna. Umm, why? Why wouldn't Fenton come there next? He's got a pretty big reason to come there... IDIOTS.

Remedies for "Prom Night"

  • Remedies? Could such a thing exist for a movie like "Prom Night"? While I wouldn't consider myself to be a full-blown expert on the topic of remedies (hence I didn't go to medical school), I'm pretty sure that if you crap out a turd, it will stink and nothing is going to change that. Again, not a full-blown expert on this subject, I just know that you can't polish a turd.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • priley84 profile image

      priley84 6 years ago from Warner Robins, Ga

      Spot on review. :D

    • SPomposello profile image
      Author

      SPomposello 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks :) It's so mind-boggling how these people could easily screw up such great classics when they try to convert them to this generation. I mean, really, is it that hard to do if you were paying attention to the original?

    • JohnGreasyGamer profile image

      John Roberts 6 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Nice review, much like Phelous' one. I'm no fan of remakes, nor these child friendly slashers of 2000 and up. Good work as always ^^

    • Raevyn14 profile image

      Raevyn14 6 years ago from Tecumseh, Oklahoma

      This movie was a blow, the original was better and the remake was terrible

    • Der Meister profile image

      Der Meister 6 years ago from Virgo Supercluster

      Right on. This is one of the worst of the recent remakes. It's an absolute turd. This hub is more entertaining.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)