Film: Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

An old flame returns.

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II is a 1987 sequel to Prom Night (1980).

The film centers around the ghost of one Mary Lou Maloney, a girl who was accidentally killed during her prom queen crowning in the 50s. Her spirit is accidentally released by a girl named Vicki when she finds her supposed prom queen regalia in the school's prop room. Mary Lou possesses her, and sets out to get revenge on those responsible for her death and become the prom queen once more.

The movie actually has nothing to do with the original Prom Night, other than the title, and the film's school having the same name (this is a coincidence). It was filmed as its own independent movie as "The Haunting of Hamiltom High", but the studio purposed it as a sequel to Prom Night in an attempt to make more money. The producer, Peter Simpson, blames this for the film's box office failure, and insists that it should be watched as it's own movie, not a sequel.

The film has developed a small cult following following its release on home video, and got a direct-to-video sequel of its own: Prom Night III: The Last Kiss.

This film has the examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Mary Lou's death is caused by Billy dropping a stink bomb on her as she is crowned, which ignites her dress, turning her into a Woman on Fire.
  • Alpha Bitch: Mary Lou when she was alive, and Kelly in the present, though Kelly is more of a deconstructed type. Snide as some of her remarks are, they’re reserved for her rivals, one of whom belittles her. On attempting to bribe Josh to rig the voting tally, she seems genuinely hurt by his price of fellatio.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Vicki loudly calls Kelly a bitch for mocking Jess after her death, and also proceeds to slap her.
  • Deadly Prank: Billy simply tried to embarrass Mary Lou as a revenge for cheating on him and rubbing it in his face, but instead caused her death.
  • Demonic Possession: Once Mary Lou's spirit is freed, she starts harassing Vicki until she manages to take over her body.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Mary Lou swings both ways, as evident on her attempt to seduce Monica.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jess chips off one of the rhinestones on the prom queen tiara, which causes Mary Lou's spirit to violently toy with her by dragging her around the art room by the cape from the trunk, making it look like that she is going to chop he head off with a paper trimmer before hanging her by the cape and then throwing her body out the window.
  • Downer Ending: Mary Lou is subdued by now older Billy by putting her prom crown on her head, which presumably satisfies the conditions of her revenge. He also decides to steal a kiss from her as a form of trying to make right what happened 30 years ago. Cue romantic flash back to the original prom. What is actually happening is that the prom queen is using the opportunity to Body Surf into the guy, who then goes on to (presumably) kill his children off-camera. So, essentially, The Bad Guy Wins.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Mary Lou's first scene has her going to a Confessional and listing various adulterous behaviour to the priest. But instead of asking for forgiveness, she instead tells him that she loved every minute of it and scribbles "For a good time call Mary Lou" on the confessional booth's wall with her lipstick.
  • Follow the Leader: Hello Mary Lou leans towards supernatural slasher genre á la Elm Street.
  • High Voltage Death: Mary Lou electrocutes Josh as he tries to rig the prom queen vote tally for Kelly's favour with his computer.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Smug Kelly ends up having to give a blow job to win the title of the prom queen, doesn't get it, and is killed completely by accident when she gets stabbed in the chest when one of the neon lights in the auditorium comes loose during Mary Lou's rampage.
  • Made of Plasticine: That neon light doesn't really look like its hitting Kelly that hard. It just kinda... falls against her. It seems like impalement would take more force.
  • Mind over Matter: Mary Lou kills Monica by crushing her inside the locker that she's using to hide from her.
  • My Beloved Smother: Vicki's mom comes across as a really watered down version of Margaret White, though thankfully her dad is still around and he is much more understanding.
  • Not My Driver: The film ends with our protagonists getting in a car that's being driven by Mary Lou. It is likely that they were killed by her.
  • Parental Incest: Late in the movie, Mary Lou (while controlling Vicki's body) seduces Vicki's father and later tries to seduce her mother when she walks in on them, before ultimately killing them both.
  • Percussive Prevention: In order to protect him, Principal Cooper knocks out his son Craig when he tries to go look for Vicki.
  • Really Gets Around: Mary Lou when she was still alive, which ultimately led to her cuckolded boyfriend Billy accidentally killing her.
  • Sequel: The Original Title: Done by combining Titled After the Song ("Hello Mary Lou" is a pop song from the sixties) and Numbered Sequels.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Plenty of characters share surnames with famous horror creators: Craven, King, Romero, Browning, Dante, Carpenter, Waters, Henenlotter....
  • Shower Scene: Gratuitous nudity is provided when Mary Lou, in the guise as Vicki, tries to seduce Monica while she is taking a shower.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Kelly, being the Alpha Bitch that she is, does this after Jess' death, (specifically the day after her funeral) straight to the faces of the latter's best friends, Vicki and Monica, no less! Vicki understandably doesn't take it well.
    Kelly: The competition seems to be dwindling. You two should take the hint from Jess.
    Vicki: You shut your fucking mouth, BITCH!
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: For her venomous attitude to her rivals (one of whom also belittles her) Kelly acts nicely to everyone else. On attempting to bribe Josh to rig the voting tally, her sad, defeated reaction to his price of fellatio hints at insecurity.
  • The Vamp: Mary Lou was an evil bitch even before she died; killing her just gave her a power boost.