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  • Summary: Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life. After surviving a horrible tragedy, she has finally moved on and is enjoying her last year of high school. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns deadly, there is only one person who could be responsible...a man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive a night "to die for." (Sony Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 9 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    A surprisingly effective teen-skewing thriller that soft-pedals graphic violence (in marked contrast to the R-rated 1980 original) while generating a fair degree of suspense.
  2. 50
    Formulaic to the core, this reworking of the fondly remembered high-school slasher picture works surprisingly well on its own terms.
  3. Without the gore, this old school slasher rehash is one anemic bore.
  4. The movie offers less gore than the average Band-Aid commercial and fewer scares than the elimination episodes of "Dancing With the Stars."
  5. 20
    McCormick and screenwriter J.S. Cardone don’t have one original thought between them, but they do appear to share an obsession with characters opening hotel-room closets in which the steel hangers gleam ominously.
  6. 16
    There's really nothing much to Prom Night: No twists, no atmosphere, no big Grand Guignol setpieces, not a single moment when it tries to do something novel with the event, the killings, the villain, or the victims. It's a little like going on a tour of the slaughterhouse, where death is meted out with mechanical regularity, but visitors are kept at a safe, PG-13 distance from all the butchering.
  7. 0
    A nearly bloodless slasher film with fewer surprises than a broken jack-in-the-box.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 43
  2. Negative: 26 out of 43
  1. Jun 3, 2012
    10
    This Is A Really Scary Movie!
    Good Writing, And Good Acting I'm Not Sure What's So Bad About This Movie??
  2. Mia
    Apr 25, 2008
    10
    I just saw this movie and I loved it, it's one of my favorites.
  3. Sherman
    Dec 5, 2008
    8
    this movie was a suspense full horror gore movie. it had some suspense but was very predictable. it gave me some chills but at parts i had to laugh. all and all it was ok kinda disturbing with all the stabing. a very weak and disturbing ending the acting could of been way better but its a rental not blockbuster. Expand
  4. DarrenA.
    Apr 12, 2008
    3
    [***SPOILERS***] There's nothing really to complain about...well there is but I'm only going to strike a few things on the head. This movie is SO predictable it made me sick!!! There's nothing to support the plot, there's hardly even plot at all...and the characters are just paper, two dimensional idiots that everone hates, except for the black guy who lost his girlfriend, you actually felt for him!!! But other than the black guy you just wanted everyone else to die so the movie would end quicker...all the small subplots thrown in, the girl going off to college and leaving her boyfriend, the black dude going to ask that girl to marry him...were all thrown away since each were introduced just five minutes before those that were involved were killed!!! I don't know about the preps and the little girls, but I thought this movie was just bad...I'm a guy, I'm a horror fan, and this is NOT horror...and just like James Berardinelli said..."it's basically 'the o.c.' with a body count"!!! A true waste of such a diversion from the original Prom Night...if only it would have been R rated!!! Expand
  5. JewstonS.
    Nov 18, 2008
    2
    If you can produce the biggest set of balls in the world, then this movie would have no problem sucking them.
  6. TK
    May 17, 2009
    1
    This was movie was more predictable then the sunrise. The movies story line at times just made absolutely no logical sense. The twists that are attempted to be made are made happen by unbelievable scenarios. You can hold off on seeing this one. Expand
  7. Ry
    Apr 13, 2008
    0
    I would ask for my money back, but dammit I did it to myself....You know Pulp Fiction....Now think of the exact opposite. Thats this movie.

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