They say that the prom is a rite of passage. I didn't go to my prom and I lived to tell about it, unlike those who have been attending Hamilton High.
When it comes to slasher movies, nothing is sacred and after Tommy Ross took Carrie White (Carrie) to the prom, prom has never been the same.
It all started in 1974, when the Hammond kids (Kim, Robin and Alex) were walking home from school and came across the abandoned building where Kelly, Jude, Nick and Wendy were playing "killer."
Kim realized that she had forgotten a book from school and went back, while Alex and Robin stayed behind. Robin went into the building and the other kids started to torment her. After a deadly accident, Robin lay outside the building and the kids grew up.
Six years later and Kim (Jamie Lee Curtis) is friends with Kelly, Jude and Wendy (Marybeth Rubens, Joy Thompson and Eddie Benton) and is dating Nick (Casey Stevens). The happy couple will be crowned King and Queen of the prom, but it's also a sad dat for the Hammond family since this day marks the sixth anniversary of Robin's death.
It also marks the beginning of the murders of the class of 1980's Hamilton High.
While not my favorite horror film (due to the sound fading out and a lot of action takes place in the dark) it could have been better than what I had hoped. I kind of refer to this as Saturday Night Fever takes Carrie to the prom and the title song will definitely haunt you from now until eternity.
Recently, I learned that Eve Plumb was the top choice for Kim and I wonder how that would have played out.
There must have been an audience for the prom, as a sequel came out in 1987, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, just in time for Halloween.
The sequel starts before the 1957 prom at Hamilton High after Mary Lou (Lisa Schrage) has gone to confession. Mary Lou is the whore of Hamilton High and at the prom, she dumps her date Billy (Steve Atkinson) for wild boy Buddy (Robert Lewis).
Just as Mary Lou hits the stage to get her crown, Billy (from above) tosses a stink bomb onto the stage and Mary Lou (in all the taffeta) goes up in flames, while the student body watches in horror.
Fast forward to 1987 and Vicki Carpenter (Wendy Lyon) is up for Prom Queen and she's dating the now older Bill's (Michael Ironside) son Craig (Justin Louis).
Vicki's mother won't let her get a new dress for the prom and she goes into the school's prop department to find a dress from the costumes and while she's down in the basement, she lets out the spirit of Mary Lou who posses her.
Since Vicki is going through a major attitude change (she now has become the school's whore) the older Bill and Buddy (Richard Monette) who's now a priest try to figure out how to get rid of Mary Lou.
The spirit wants that crown really bad and will do anything to get it.
I do admit to liking this a little bit and I guess it's probably the best in the series, whereas Prom Night III: The Last Kiss was just a cash cow.
School whore Mary Lou (Courtney Taylor) comes back to wreak havoc on Hamilton High just as the prom season is nearing. She takes up with Alex Grey (Tim Conlon) and uses him in order to get what she wants. That being her crown.
When things don't go right she starts killing people and when he refuses to help her, she starts to go after his friends and family.
The only good part about this movie is the ending, but Conlon is probably the best in the film since his comedic timing is spot on. There's really no chemistry between him and Taylor and as a "comedy" this really does fail miserably. This installment could be one that you could easily skip over and forget.
I'm not sure where Prom Night 4: Deliver Us from Evil wanted to go.
It takes us back to the Hamilton High prom of 1957 with no mention of Mary Lou Maloney (yet the set is decorated exactly like part two, so kuddos to the set decorators) and two horny kids head out to the car for some heavy petting and sex.
Only they don't know that deranged Father Jonas (James Carver) is in the parking lot looking for sinners. Of course for 1957, the best place to find sinners would be the school's parking lot. On prom night.
Fast forward to 1991 where Father Jonas has been possessed and is living under heavy sedation. When Father Colin (Brock Simpson who has appeared in all four movies) forgets to give him his medication, Father Jonas kills Father Colin and escapes.
It's prom night again and Meagan (Nikki de Boer) Mark (Alden Kane) Laura (Joy Tanner) and Jeff (Alle Ghadbar) skip the prom and head to Mark's family's summer home, about an hour outside of town.
They're going to spend the weekend there and no one knows except for Mark's little brother Jonathan (Fab Filippo) who follows them out there. Well, he meets Father Jonas while spying on the couples and that's another body to add to the count.
It's the usual scenario with the kids getting offed one at a time, but really, if Carver doesn't scare the crap out of you, well, then you're not a true horror fan.
Now that it's prom season, who knows what'll happen at your prom.