31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween: Day #4, Prom Night (1980)

Welcome to the 31 Days of Halloween in Movies.

Hello Friends, and welcome to Day #4.  I hope you’re doing well, taking care of your body and your mind, enjoying the weather and some Fall fun.

It’s Day #4 in the 31 Days of Halloween in Movies. For an archive of the movie Madness, click here. For other Halloween goodies, check out the freebies page.

The movies featured in this series are in no particular order and range from 1950 – 2023…and so it goes.

Today’s Feature

MOVIE: Prom Night
Rated: R
Year: 1980
Director: Paul Lynch
IMBD Rating: 5.3
Runtime: 1h 32m
Tomato Meter:  🍅 48%
Genre: 80s Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Splatter/Gore Meter: 4/10 🩸🩸🩸🩸


This slasher movie follows a relentless killer who is out to avenge the death of a young girl who died after being bullied and teased by four of her classmates. Now high-school students, the guilt-ridden kids, have kept their involvement a secret, but when they start being murdered, one by one, it’s clear that someone knows the truth. Also coping with the past are members of the dead girl’s family, most notably her prom-queen sister, Kim Hammond.

MY RATING: (★★★★★)

Yes. My rating is biased because #1; I LOVE Jamie Lee Curtis, and #2, I love 80s slasher horror flicks. There is a lack of gore, as killers hadn’t become that creative at this point.  That’s saved for Micheal Myers, Fred Kreuger, and Jason Voorhees.  Everything is centered around the prom, and I sorta remember how those high-school activities were so important.

What’s better than good old-fashioned revenge as each kill is met with a breathy “pow” sound, and you never see the actual kill, but you do see the end result, which is mostly blood, and one head. Not the best storyline, nor is it the most original, but if you’re making your way through 80s slasher movies, this is a must-see on your list.

I will say to avoid Prom Night II and Prom Night III, which are equally ridiculous, and the newer version (2008) is just everything we’ve already seen in every slasher flick by this point, even though it reads as a reboot of the first movie.  The 2nd and the 3rd installments have absolutely nothing to do with the original.

With all that said …Happy Viewing!

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