The DNA of Prom Night
Given the much-awaited disco-bopping soundtrack to Prom Night was finally released on CD in the spring of 2019…
I thought it was time for another re-watch, this time paying more attention to the various… ‘homages’ the film is patched together from. Perfectly, I might add.
So, starting at the top – why didn’t Kim (or Alex) tell the cops that they saw Nick and the other kids playing at the school/convent/whatever minutes before Robin’s death? You’d think they would be questioned about it.
The Halloween Xeroxing is rife, you could easily mistake these streets that teenage girls get stalked along:
And then we have JLC and her gal-pals walking along together, carrying books, discussing girly things about upcoming dances n’ the like:
Jamie even forgot her text book in both films – geography in Prom Night, chemistry in Halloween! Why does this revelation make Alex think “darn!” and why do we get to hear it?
How could Kelly and Jude even be friends with Kim without major guilt? THEY KILLED HER SISTER and are asking her about her sex life!!! And Nick is GOING OUT WITH HER!? After going out with WENDY, his accomplice!???
Then we have the escaped mental patient who returned to town, and his shrink – although this time the police summon him rather than the other way around. Said shrink vanishes early on though.
The bitchy girl and the scuzzy dude plotting to humiliate the prom queen, right outta Carrie:
That dance routine nabbed from Saturday Night Fever, which featured John Travolta from Carrie! The Bee Gees versus the amusing composed-to-spec disco bops Paul Zaza and Carl Zitterer made for Prom Night is no contest though:
The interactions between Kim and her friends are good though, naturalistic teen girl banter:
In summary, Prom Night is a jigsaw of a production, built with puzzle pieces from other films, but undeniably a fab one.
A friend recently asked me if I were to remake it, what my approach would be…
- Well, not that vile 2008 remake
- More kids in the game at the start, with one killed earlier in the day (rather than the hour wait)
- Make more out of Principal Hammond and his wife as suspects – where do they go???
- Perhaps have Kelly turn out to be the killer?