Prom Night (2008) - Unrated Version [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Drama / Horror / Thriller
Screen Gems || Unrated - 89 minutes - $38.96 || August 19, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-08-19


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Nelson McCromick
Writer(s): J.S. Cardone (written by)
Cast: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis, Collins Pennie, Kelly Blatz, James Ransone, Brianne Davis, Jonathan Schaech, Idris Elba


Theatrical Release Date: April 11, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director & Cast Commentary
  • PiP Storyboard Track (BD Live Exclusive)
  • Where is the Best Place to Hide a Body? (BD Exclusive)
  • BD-Live (BD Exclusive)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Gag Reel
  • Bridgeport High Vikings Video Yearbook
  • A Night to Remember: The Making of Prom Night
  • Profile of a Killer
  • Gothic Spaces: Creating the Pacific Grand Hotel
  • Prom Night Photo Album Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Thai (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

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Oh boy... I was not looking forward to this one. As a fan of the original 1980's Prom Night I feel ashamed they stole the name from that film and gave it to this lame one. So many things are wrong with Prom Night that I will flat out tell you the best thing about the Blu-ray release is the cool looking cover art. That's it.

3 Years ago Donna (Brittany Snow) arrives home to find her father and brother dead and her mother fighting for her life. Right in front of her the killer stabs her mother death and Donna narrowing escapes his grip. Flash forward three years and itís the eve of the prom, the highlight of any young teenage girl. As Donna prepares for Prom she starts having altered flashbacks of the night when the killer - who we now know was her Science teacher that became obsessed with her - murdered her family.

As Donna and her boring friends arrive at the prom, where are introduced to even more boring characters who serve no purpose to the film. Eventually, one by one, each of Donna's friends wanders away from the herd and eventually gets killed. Don't fear, Detective Winn (Idris Elba) is on the case and throughout the night watches over Donna to make sure the killer doesn't get her too.

I was so utterly bored with this movie I found myself wandering away from the screen hoping it would end. The film has a very short run time yet it felt like hours - something a film like this shouldn't be. What starts out as a decent setup (family being killed by an obsessive high school teacher) quickly turns into the typical PG-13 fodder that we have been accustom to over the past decade.

I'd like to say the acting here was decent... but it wasn't. Brittany Snow is the only one that seems to care about whatís going on, but even then itís not that great. Most of the actors give some of the worst, cheesiest deliveries possible. How many times are you going to say "Claire? Claire? Claire? Claire" until you give up? Why does every character feel the need to walk backwards when the killer is somewhere around them. Hopefully they know that he can still get you from behind - even if you are walking backwards. It does not magically allow you to see 360 degrees.

With a title like "Prom Night" and "Unrated" being thrown around I was hoping for at least some elaborate death scenes. Instead we get subjected to the killer either stabbing someone to death or slitting a throat (I counted 4 victims with their throats slashed). Why not be creative? Maybe strangle with a phone cord? Beat someone over the head with a lamp? Why not doing something original - oh wait, that's exactly what this film lacks, originality.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in SD.

Commentary Track With Director Nelson McCormick, Writer JS Cardone and Brittany Snow - A fairly boring track except when they bring up the original Prom Night... which has nothing to do with this film except the name.

PiP Storyboard Track (Profile 1.1/2.0 Players only) - This plays along with the movie and randomly pops up with a storyboard of the scene you are watching. Yawn. I'd much rather have a trivia track instead. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Where is the Best Place to Hide a Body? (Profile 2.0 Players only) - A poor, poor excuse to add BD-Live to the disc. Itís a poll! Does anyone really care about this? Will Sony send me the answers? ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

BD-Live - At the time of reviewing the service is not yet up. I can only assume it will be like every other BD-Live disc which lets users with Profile 2.0 players the ability to download trailers for upcoming Blu-ray and Theatrical releases. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

The Making of Prom Night (8 Minutes), Profile of a Killer (6 Minutes), Creating the Pacific Grand Hotel (6 Minutes), Real Life Prom Stories (7 Minutes):
Sadly the Making of... is probably the best feature on the disc which has a little bit of background information on the film. Everything else... very lame.

Alternate Ending (25 Seconds) - The case makes a big stink about including an alternate ending... and itís simply a still shot with the "killer" speaking over it. Very lame, Sony.

Deleted Scenes (8 Minutes) - A pitiful selection of scene that was cut for time. Nothing here is worth watching once so you might as well just skip it.

Finally they tossed in a Gag Reel (2 Minutes) which brings the laughs... much like the film.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Prom Night is presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB Disc. A decent looking transfer for a new film, but everything just seemed a bit too dark. I noticed some noise here and there in some scenes (towards the end in Donna's bathtub... looked like cockroaches moving around!), but overall it wasn't too bad. Some of the scenes at the Prom looked great with the multiple shots of different colors.

Sony has included an English and Thai (Really?) Dolby 5.1 TrueHD track as well as standard Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1 ones. I was very underwhelmed with the sound for this film - everything seemed a bit to quite, even when they should have been loud (Prom scenes). Considering the film is supposed to be in the horror genre, I was expecting a bit more, well, screaming.



.::OVERALL::.

Yet another stupid horror film that does nothing to improve upon the original. Do yourself a favor and skip this one and rent the original Prom Night with Jamie Lee Curtis if you are in the mood for a high school slasher film. Scratch that, rent the original Carrie instead.

Note: Images do not necessarily represent the quality of this Blu-ray disc.