AS CHILDREN, THEY PLAYED A KILLER’S GAME. NOW, IT’S THE KILLER’S TURN TO PLAY WITH THEM.
On the sixth anniversary of a child’s accidental death, her sister (Jamie Lee Curtis) is preparing for a school prom… but a killer is on the loose. Another slasher film that borrows heavily from Halloween (1978), this time even its star, Curtis. She’s OK, but the story takes forever to build any tension after that eerie game in the opening scenes. The killing is uneven; some of the scenes are clumsy, others quite effective. Best part: the disco soundtrack, copying some of the era’s biggest hits.
1980-Canada. 91 min. Color. Directed by Paul Lynch. Music: Paul Zaza, Carl Zittrer. Cast: Leslie Nielsen (Mr. Hammond), Jamie Lee Curtis (Kim Hammond), Casey Stevens (Nick McBride), Antoinette Bower, Robert Silverman, Eddie Benton.
Trivia: The composers did such a good job copying disco hits that the producers were hit by a lawsuit. Followed by three sequels, starting with Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987); remade as Prom Night (2008).