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[[redirect:Film/PromNight]]Prom Night may refer to:

* ''Film/PromNight1980'', a 1980 SlasherMovie.
* ''Film/PromNight2008'', the loose remake of the 1980 film.
* The trope HighSchoolDance.
1st Oct '11 1:10:17 AM erforce
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The ''Prom Night'' films are a series of SlasherMovies ranging from the early 80's to the early 90's.

The first four films center around Hamilton High (which is [[CaliforniaDoubling possibly in Canada]]) and its attempts to hold the titular HighSchool celebration which tend to go awry.

Released in 1980, the first film opens with the unfortunate death of a child, when a group of kids playing a variation of hide-and-seek in an abandoned building teases a girl and she falls from a window. The kids never told anyone what happened and the little girl's death was blamed on Leonard Murch, a psychopathic child molester who is caught shortly after.

Several years later, students of Hamilton High are preparing for prom. But unbeknownst to them, a masked killer looking for revenge has invited himself to it.

Original film featured JamieLeeCurtis and LeslieNielsen in starring roles. Nowadays, the film is mostly remembered for its [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome rather sweet disco soundtrack]], which is sought out by collectors. It was also popular enough to receive three sequels.

''Hello Mary-Lou: Prom Night II'' (1987) and ''Prom Night III: The Last Kiss'' (1990) centered around the ghost of Mary-Lou Maloney, who was accidentally killed during her Prom Queen crowning in the 50's. The former film has her returning for revenge and latter has her dating a guy after she escapes from hell. ''Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil'' (1992) was about a psychopathic KnightTemplar Father Jonas, who killed anyone he deemed to be a sinner.

''Prom Night'' was also a PG-13 film in 2008 about an ex-teacher named Fenton who is murderously obsessed with one of his students. Managing to escape from the police, he's prepared to get to her at any costs during her senior prom. Despite having the same title, [[InNameOnly the film is loosely considered to be a remake]].
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!!The original series has examples of:

* AccidentalMurder: Mary-Lou's death in the second film's opening.
* ArcWords: "It's not who you come with, it's who takes you home."
* AutoErotica: Jude and Slick in the original film.
** Also featured in the opening of the fourth movie.
* AnAxeToGrind: Killer's weapon of choice towards the end of the original film.
* BerthaInTheAttic: Father Jonas in the fourth film, before he gets loose.
* BigOlUnibrow: Lou (Type I) in the original film.
* BlindWithoutEm: Slick in the original movie.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: Plot of the third film.
* ChildrenAreCruel: In the opening of the original.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Wendy in the original film.
* CrustyCaretaker: Mr. Sykes, the janitor of Hamilton High.
* DeadlyPrank: In the opening of the second film.
** As well as the original film.
* DemonicPossession: Mary-Lou's method of operation in the second film.
* DepravedBisexual: Mary-Lou.
* DirectToVideo: Third film.
* DramaticUnmask
* ElectricBoogaloo
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Slick's van in the original film, which explodes immediately when it rides off the bluffs.
* EveryoneIsASuspect: In the original film.
* EvilPhone: Killer in the original film makes threatening phone calls to his soon-to-be victims.
* FinalGirl: Kim in the original film, but [[spoiler:actually subverted as Kim wasn't a target at all]].
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday
* ImprovisedWeapon: The mirror shard which the killer in the original movie uses to kill Kelly.
* InfantImmortality: Averted in the original, as it opens with a death of a little girl.
* JerkJock: Andrew from ''The Last Kiss''.
* KavorkaMan: Slick in the original film.
* LoveTriangle: In the original film, Wendy loves Nick, but Nick loves Kim and Wendy isn't happy.
* MaleGaze: We get two gratuitous ass-shots in the original film.
* ManOnFire: Leonard Murch in one of the original film's flashbacks.
* [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane]]: Father Jonas, who is either murderously psychotic or actually possessed... or something. [[spoiler: Considering how nonchalantly he crushed a guy's head in his bare hands, probably the latter.]]
* MsFanservice: Mary-Lou Maloney, crossing over with EvilIsSexy.
* {{Mooning}}
* NumberedSequels
* OffScreenTeleportation: Fenton in the remake is prone to this.
* OffWithHisHead: Lou's fate in the original film.
* OnceIsNotEnough: In the original film.
* OralFixationFixation: Lou is constantly chewing gum in the original movie.
* OrIsIt
* TheOtherDarrin: Courtney Taylor replaced Lisa Schrage as Mary-Lou in the third film.
* PeekABooCorpse
* ReallyGetsAround: Mary-Lou when she was still alive, which ultimately led to her jealous boyfriend accidentally killing her.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Escaped psychopath Leonard Murch and Kim's father]] in the original film.
* SarcasticClapping: Wendy gives it to Kim in the original after witnessing her practicing her moves on the dance floor.
* ShowerScene: In the second movie.
* SinisterMinister: Father Jonas in the fourth film.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: ''The Last Kiss'' was comedy horror.
* StandardDiscoEquipment: The disco sequence in the original film.
* {{Stripperific}}: Mary-Lou seemed to enjoy conjuring up these outfits in ''The Last Kiss'', appearing as a [[NakedApron baker]], [[NightNurse nurse]] and [[FairCop cop]].
* TwentyMinutesWithJerks
* TheVamp: Mary-Lou was an evil bitch even before she died; killing her just gave her a [[ItGotWorse power boost.]]
* VillainBasedFranchise: First two sequels.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the original film, we are not told where [[spoiler:Kim's dad has disappeared to in the end of the movie]].
* WindowPain
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Alex in the original. Full stop.]]
* XMeetsY: ''Hello Mary-Lou: Prom Night II'' is "''{{Carrie}}'' meets ''ANightmareOnElmStreet''".
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!!The 2008 film has examples of:

* FinalGirl: Donna
* InfantImmortality: Averted. Along with her parents getting killed, Donna's little brother got knifed as well (they even show his body).
* JumpScare: There's a rather infamous example with a lamp.
* PaperThinDisguise: Fenton manages to avoid the police by ''shaving his beard''. And we're talking about a PermaStubble beard, not an all-concealing one.
* PoliceAreUseless: Being fooled by a disguise that consists of getting a shave? Yeah, they're not the brightest cops.
* StealthHiBye
* TwentyMinutesWithJerks
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The ''Prom Night'' films are a series of SlasherMovies ranging from the early 80's to the early 90's.

The first four films center around Hamilton High (which is [[CaliforniaDoubling possibly in Canada]]) and its attempts to hold the titular HighSchool celebration which tend to go awry.

Released in 1980, the first film opens with the unfortunate death of a child, when a group of kids playing a variation of hide-and-seek in an abandoned building teases a girl and she falls from a window. The kids never told anyone what happened and the little girl's death was blamed on Leonard Murch, a psychopathic child molester who is caught shortly after.

Several years later, students of Hamilton High are preparing for prom. But unbeknownst to them, a masked killer looking for revenge has invited himself to it.

Original film featured JamieLeeCurtis and LeslieNielsen in starring roles. Nowadays, the film is mostly remembered for its [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome rather sweet disco soundtrack]], which is sought out by collectors. It was also popular enough to receive three sequels.

''Hello Mary-Lou: Prom Night II'' (1987) and ''Prom Night III: The Last Kiss'' (1990) centered around the ghost of Mary-Lou Maloney, who was accidentally killed during her Prom Queen crowning in the 50's. The former film has her returning for revenge and latter has her dating a guy after she escapes from hell. ''Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil'' (1992) was about a psychopathic KnightTemplar Father Jonas, who killed anyone he deemed to be a sinner.

''Prom Night'' was also a PG-13 film in 2008 about an ex-teacher named Fenton who is murderously obsessed with one of his students. Managing to escape from the police, he's prepared to get to her at any costs during her senior prom. Despite having the same title, [[InNameOnly the film is loosely considered to be a remake]].
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!!The original series has examples of:

* AccidentalMurder: Mary-Lou's death in the second film's opening.
* ArcWords: "It's not who you come with, it's who takes you home."
* AutoErotica: Jude and Slick in the original film.
** Also featured in the opening of the fourth movie.
* AnAxeToGrind: Killer's weapon of choice towards the end of the original film.
* BerthaInTheAttic: Father Jonas in the fourth film, before he gets loose.
* BigOlUnibrow: Lou (Type I) in the original film.
* BlindWithoutEm: Slick in the original movie.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: Plot of the third film.
* ChildrenAreCruel: In the opening of the original.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Wendy in the original film.
* CrustyCaretaker: Mr. Sykes, the janitor of Hamilton High.
* DeadlyPrank: In the opening of the second film.
** As well as the original film.
* DemonicPossession: Mary-Lou's method of operation in the second film.
* DepravedBisexual: Mary-Lou.
* DirectToVideo: Third film.
* DramaticUnmask
* ElectricBoogaloo
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Slick's van in the original film, which explodes immediately when it rides off the bluffs.
* EveryoneIsASuspect: In the original film.
* EvilPhone: Killer in the original film makes threatening phone calls to his soon-to-be victims.
* FinalGirl: Kim in the original film, but [[spoiler:actually subverted as Kim wasn't a target at all]].
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday
* ImprovisedWeapon: The mirror shard which the killer in the original movie uses to kill Kelly.
* InfantImmortality: Averted in the original, as it opens with a death of a little girl.
* JerkJock: Andrew from ''The Last Kiss''.
* KavorkaMan: Slick in the original film.
* LoveTriangle: In the original film, Wendy loves Nick, but Nick loves Kim and Wendy isn't happy.
* MaleGaze: We get two gratuitous ass-shots in the original film.
* ManOnFire: Leonard Murch in one of the original film's flashbacks.
* [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane]]: Father Jonas, who is either murderously psychotic or actually possessed... or something. [[spoiler: Considering how nonchalantly he crushed a guy's head in his bare hands, probably the latter.]]
* MsFanservice: Mary-Lou Maloney, crossing over with EvilIsSexy.
* {{Mooning}}
* NumberedSequels
* OffScreenTeleportation: Fenton in the remake is prone to this.
* OffWithHisHead: Lou's fate in the original film.
* OnceIsNotEnough: In the original film.
* OralFixationFixation: Lou is constantly chewing gum in the original movie.
* OrIsIt
* TheOtherDarrin: Courtney Taylor replaced Lisa Schrage as Mary-Lou in the third film.
* PeekABooCorpse
* ReallyGetsAround: Mary-Lou when she was still alive, which ultimately led to her jealous boyfriend accidentally killing her.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Escaped psychopath Leonard Murch and Kim's father]] in the original film.
* SarcasticClapping: Wendy gives it to Kim in the original after witnessing her practicing her moves on the dance floor.
* ShowerScene: In the second movie.
* SinisterMinister: Father Jonas in the fourth film.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: ''The Last Kiss'' was comedy horror.
* StandardDiscoEquipment: The disco sequence in the original film.
* {{Stripperific}}: Mary-Lou seemed to enjoy conjuring up these outfits in ''The Last Kiss'', appearing as a [[NakedApron baker]], [[NightNurse nurse]] and [[FairCop cop]].
* TwentyMinutesWithJerks
* TheVamp: Mary-Lou was an evil bitch even before she died; killing her just gave her a [[ItGotWorse power boost.]]
* VillainBasedFranchise: First two sequels.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the original film, we are not told where [[spoiler:Kim's dad has disappeared to in the end of the movie]].
* WindowPain
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Alex in the original. Full stop.]]
* XMeetsY: ''Hello Mary-Lou: Prom Night II'' is "''{{Carrie}}'' meets ''ANightmareOnElmStreet''".
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!!The 2008 film has examples of:

* FinalGirl: Donna
* InfantImmortality: Averted. Along with her parents getting killed, Donna's little brother got knifed as well (they even show his body).
* JumpScare: There's a rather infamous example with a lamp.
* PaperThinDisguise: Fenton manages to avoid the police by ''shaving his beard''. And we're talking about a PermaStubble beard, not an all-concealing one.
* PoliceAreUseless: Being fooled by a disguise that consists of getting a shave? Yeah, they're not the brightest cops.
* StealthHiBye
* TwentyMinutesWithJerks
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3rd Sep '11 7:53:20 AM CaitsMeow
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The first four films center around Hamilton High (which is [[CaliforniaDoubling possibly in Canada]]) and its attempts to hold the titular HighSchool celebration which tend [[{{Understatement}} to go awry]].

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The first four films center around Hamilton High (which is [[CaliforniaDoubling possibly in Canada]]) and its attempts to hold the titular HighSchool celebration which tend [[{{Understatement}} to go awry]].
awry.
9th Aug '11 5:18:28 AM erforce
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* FollowTheLeader: Original came in the wake of ''{{Halloween}}'' and the second movie took it cues ''ANightmareOnElmStreet'' franchise.
29th Jul '11 4:04:42 PM Antwan
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''Prom Night'' was also a PG-13 film in 2008 about an ex-teacher named Fenton who is murderously obsessed with one of his students. Managing to escape from the police, he's prepared to get to her at any costs during her senior prom. Despite having the same title, [[InNameOnly the film is not a remake]].

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''Prom Night'' was also a PG-13 film in 2008 about an ex-teacher named Fenton who is murderously obsessed with one of his students. Managing to escape from the police, he's prepared to get to her at any costs during her senior prom. Despite having the same title, [[InNameOnly the film is not loosely considered to be a remake]].
29th Jul '11 3:57:04 PM Antwan
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The first four films center around Hamilton High (which is [[CaliforniaDoubling possibly in Canada]]) and its attempts to hold the titular HighSchool celebration which tend [[{{Understatement}} to go awry]]. TheRemake which came in 2008 removed itself from this continuity and was a [[strike:quick cash-in on the remake fad]] stand-alone piece.

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The first four films center around Hamilton High (which is [[CaliforniaDoubling possibly in Canada]]) and its attempts to hold the titular HighSchool celebration which tend [[{{Understatement}} to go awry]]. TheRemake which came in 2008 removed itself from this continuity and was a [[strike:quick cash-in on the remake fad]] stand-alone piece.
awry]].
29th Jul '11 3:47:27 PM Antwan
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The ''Prom Night'' films are a series of SlasherMovies ranging from the early 80's to the late 00's.

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The ''Prom Night'' films are a series of SlasherMovies ranging from the early 80's to the late 00's.
early 90's.



Original film featured JamieLeeCurtis and LeslieNielsen in starring roles. Nowadays, the film is mostly remembered for its [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome rather sweet disco soundtrack]], which is sought out by collectors.

''Hello Mary-Lou: Prom Night II'' (1987) and ''Prom Night III: The Last Kiss'' (1990) centered around the ghost of Mary-Lou Maloney, who was accidentally killed during her Prom Queen crowning in the 50's. The former film has her returning for revenge and latter has her dating a guy after she escapes from hell.

''Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil'' (1992) was about a psychopathic KnightTemplar Father Jonas, who killed anyone he deemed to be a sinner.

The remake was about a teacher who is murderously obsessed with one of his students. It was rated PG-13, which certainly wasn't in its favour.

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Original film featured JamieLeeCurtis and LeslieNielsen in starring roles. Nowadays, the film is mostly remembered for its [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome rather sweet disco soundtrack]], which is sought out by collectors.

collectors. It was also popular enough to receive three sequels.

''Hello Mary-Lou: Prom Night II'' (1987) and ''Prom Night III: The Last Kiss'' (1990) centered around the ghost of Mary-Lou Maloney, who was accidentally killed during her Prom Queen crowning in the 50's. The former film has her returning for revenge and latter has her dating a guy after she escapes from hell.

hell. ''Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil'' (1992) was about a psychopathic KnightTemplar Father Jonas, who killed anyone he deemed to be a sinner.

The remake ''Prom Night'' was also a PG-13 film in 2008 about a teacher an ex-teacher named Fenton who is murderously obsessed with one of his students. It was rated PG-13, which certainly wasn't in its favour.Managing to escape from the police, he's prepared to get to her at any costs during her senior prom. Despite having the same title, [[InNameOnly the film is not a remake]].



!!These films have the examples of:

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!!These films have the !!The original series has examples of:



* FinalGirl: Kim in the original film, Donna in the remake.
** [[spoiler:Actually subverted in the original, as Kim wasn't a target at all]].

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* FinalGirl: Kim in the original film, Donna in the remake.
** [[spoiler:Actually
but [[spoiler:actually subverted in the original, as Kim wasn't a target at all]].



** And the remake, surprisingly. Along with her parents getting killed, Donna's little brother got knifed as well (they even show his body).



* JumpScare: The remake has an infamous example with a lamp.



* PaperThinDisguise: In the remake, Fenton manages to avoid the police by ''shaving his beard''. And we're talking about a PermaStubble beard, not an all-concealing one.



* PoliceAreUseless: The murders in the remake could have been avoided if the cops had a few more brain cells.



* StealthHiBye: In the remake.



* WoobieDestroyerofWorlds: [[spoiler:Alex in the original. Full stop.]]
* XMeetsY: ''Hello Mary-Lou: Prom Night II'' is "''{{Carrie}}'' meets ''ANightmareOnElmStreet''".

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* WoobieDestroyerofWorlds: WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Alex in the original. Full stop.]]
* XMeetsY: ''Hello Mary-Lou: Prom Night II'' is "''{{Carrie}}'' meets ''ANightmareOnElmStreet''".''ANightmareOnElmStreet''".
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!!The 2008 film has examples of:

* FinalGirl: Donna
* InfantImmortality: Averted. Along with her parents getting killed, Donna's little brother got knifed as well (they even show his body).
* JumpScare: There's a rather infamous example with a lamp.
* PaperThinDisguise: Fenton manages to avoid the police by ''shaving his beard''. And we're talking about a PermaStubble beard, not an all-concealing one.
* PoliceAreUseless: Being fooled by a disguise that consists of getting a shave? Yeah, they're not the brightest cops.
* StealthHiBye
* TwentyMinutesWithJerks
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22nd Jul '11 1:46:56 PM Psyga315
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* PoliceAreUseless: The murders in the remake could have been avoided if the cops had a few more brain cells.



* SarcasticClapping: Wendy gives it to Kim in the original after witnessing her practicing her moves on the dancefloor.

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* SarcasticClapping: Wendy gives it to Kim in the original after witnessing her practicing her moves on the dancefloor.dance floor.
12th Jun '11 1:03:42 PM erforce
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* FollowTheLeader: Original came in the wake of {{Halloween}} and the second movie took it cues ''ANightmareOnElmStreet'' franchise.

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* FollowTheLeader: Original came in the wake of {{Halloween}} ''{{Halloween}}'' and the second movie took it cues ''ANightmareOnElmStreet'' franchise.



* ShoutOut: Many characters in the second film is named after horror movie directors: Craven, King, Carpenter, Henenlotter etc.
12th Jun '11 12:04:28 PM CCHooks
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* WoobieDestroyerofWorlds: [[spoiler:Alex in the original. Full stop.]]
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