[size=12pt]PROM NIGHT[/size] (2008)
A remake, but in name only, of the 1980‘s slasher flick of the same name starring Jamie Lee Curtis (discussed here last week). It’s set on the same night and again there’s a killer on the loose, but the story’s different. Years ago Donna Keppel has witnessed the slaughter of her family by the hand of a maniac called Richard Fenton, and now, a couple of years later, like all high school seniors, she’s looking forward to prom night. And then the news is spread that Fenton has escaped …
The film was almost unanimously panned by critics but it’s actually not that bad. Overall it’s a fairly standard horror production that has a few things right but also has a few things wrong. It’s well-crafted and has a good cast, but we know the identity of the killer from the start and the script doesn’t offer enough twists to keep us entertained. After a while it simply becomes a slasher movie in search of new victims. The slayings are remarkably restrained for a contemporary horror flick, but they’re also quite generic.
Brittany Snow is too old for the part but she’s most definitely cute and Johnathon Schaech isn’t a bad Charles Manson lookalike, but the movie works best when Idris Elba is brought more central to the action. Most people will know Elba as the drug kingpin Stringer Bell from The Wire or as DCI Luther, the titular character from the British detective series; his police detective is no more than a supporting character but his presence is so strong that he easily walks away with the movie. No wonder it has even been suggested that he could be a good (black) Bond.