YMMV / Prom Night (1980)

  • Angst? What Angst?: None of the four kids show any angst at all about having participated in the Accidental Murder of a child. Nick is the only one who even references it when he's older.
  • Better by a Different Name: Some people view I Know What You Did Last Summer as a film that took this one's ideas and pulled them off much better. Namely the protagonists are actually affected by what they did.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film was savaged by critics and got low reviews. However it was popular with audiences and became a Cult Classic. Put it this way - it earned $14 million on a $1.5 million budget, and a further $6 million through video rentals.
  • Ear Worm: "Prom Night, everything is alright!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Wendy for being such a brilliant bitch and getting the most elaborate chase scene. The sexy red dress she wears to the prom helps too.
    • Slick who lives up to his name.
    • There's also Vickie, Kim's friend who moons Mr Sykes the janitor.
  • Follow the Leader: Came in the wake of Halloween (1978), also starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
  • Narm: The killer doesn't wear any normal black ski mask, it has glitter all over it.
  • Narm Charm: The dancing between Nick and Kim when Wendy arrives at the prom. Dancing Is Serious Business lends itself to Narm, coupled with the total 80s-ness of it. But that's why it's awesome - especially when Jamie Lee Curtis does a flawless back walkover.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Alex attacking Lou in the cafeteria seems like My Sister Is Off-Limits! played for excessiveness. However it's Foreshadowing that Alex is not as runty as he seems, and that he has a violent side...
    • Alex throws a dirty look when Lou and Wendy enter the prom. On the first watch we think he's glaring at Lou, for their fight earlier. But on the second, it's clear he's actually glaring at Wendy because he plans on killing her.
  • Spoiled by the Format: A potential suspect for the killer is Kim, since two of the culprits are her friend and boyfriend. But Scream told us that Jamie Lee Curtis is always the Final Girl in horror movies.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Robin's death. Just a poor innocent little girl who wanted to be included. And she accidentally dies when she falls out of the window. The poor girl was completely terrified too.
    • The ending where it's revealed that Alex saw Robin's death and he's the killer. He shows no pleasure from the murders and his dying moments have him wailing about his sister.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Kim never finds out about the fact that one of her best friends and boyfriend killed her younger sister. It's implied that she does find out at the end but any story potential that got be gotten from this is lost.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The three 'sympathetic' culprits - Nick, Jude and Kelly. Despite having taken part in Robin's death (albeit accidentally) they don't show any angst about it at all six years later. Nick looks as if he might, but he's got no problem dating the sister of the girl he killed. Likewise Kelly appears to be one of Kim's best friends.
  • The Woobie: The dorky, yet kind of cool Slick who dies merely because he's at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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