REVIEW: PROM NIGHT (2008)

CAST

Brittany Snow (Nip/Tuck)
Scott Porter (Speed Racer)
Jessica Stroup (Ted)
Dana Davis (Heroes)
Collins Pennie (In Time)
Kelly Blatz (Whore)
Johnathon Schaech (Legends of Tomorrow)
Idris Elba (Thor)
Brianne Davis (Jarhead)
Kellan Lutz (Twilight)
Ming-Na Wen (Stargate Universe)
Linden Ashby (Mortal Kombat)
Jessalyn Gilsig (Nip/Tuck)
Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project)
Lori Heuring (8mm 2)
David Kaufman (Superman: TAS)

In 2005, Bridgeport native Donna Keppel (Brittany Snow), a high school freshman, returns home from a movie date with her friend Lisa Hines (Dana Davis) to find her father and brother have been killed. In terror, Donna hides under the bed, where she sees her mother (Lori Heuring) struggling with Richard Fenton (Johnathon Schaech), a former teacher of hers who had become obsessed with Donna. As Donna locks eyes with her terrified mother, she witnesses Fenton murder her.In present day 2008, Donna, now a high school senior, is now living with her Aunt Karen (Jessalyn Gilsig) and Uncle Jack (Linden Ashby), and is about to graduate from high school. Although she has recovered from the incident she is still taking anti-depressants to cope with her depression and seeing her psychiatrist Dr. Elisha Crowe (Ming-Na Wen). Donna and her friends are getting ready to attend their senior prom that night. Donna, Lisa and Claire (Jessica Stroup) are getting ready at the hairdressers and Donna suddenly turns around to see Fenton, but realizes she was just seeing things. Hours later, Donna’s boyfriend, Bobby (Scott Porter), arrives at her house, along with her friends and their boyfriends, Ronnie (Collins Pennie) and Michael (Kelly Blatz). At the police station, Detective Winn (Idris Elba), who imprisoned Fenton three years ago, learns that Fenton has escaped from prison and warns Karen and Jack. Karen thinks Donna should come home in case Fenton finds her location, but Jack convinces her that she should stay at the prom. At the prom, Fenton arrives at the hotel disguised as a man named Howard K. Ramsey, and takes a room on Donna’s floor and kills the housekeeper (Jacqueline Herrera) to get the master key. On the dance floor, Claire has a fight with her boyfriend, Michael, and goes up to her room with Donna to calm down. After Donna leaves, Claire is alone and hears noises. She sees Fenton, who proceeds to lock Claire into a room, to stab and kill her. When Claire does not return, Michael goes upstairs to see her. Fenton hides in the room’s closet, but Michael sees him shut the closet door. Michael opens the closet and is thrown to the ground by Fenton, who murders him.Detective Winn arrives and warns the hotel staff to be on the alert. Fenton kills a hotel employee (Joshua Leonard) looking for the maid and takes his uniform. Lisa and Ronnie bump into Fenton in the elevator on their way to the room. While making out, Lisa realizes that it was Fenton and runs off to warn Donna which makes Ronnie sad as he was about to propose but, after taking the stairs, she is caught by Fenton. She is chased down to the basement of the hotel where construction is taking place and she hides from Fenton. Lisa hides and sees Ronnie looking for her. Lisa leaves her spot and makes a run for it, but when Ronnie calls her name, Lisa is caught and killed. Winn and Detective Nash (James Ransone) find the body of the real Howard Ramsey in his car trunk. Winn goes up to the room and finds the housekeeper’s body. Knowing for sure that Fenton is in the building under the name Ramsey, Winn sounds the emergency alarm and has the entire hotel evacuated. Donna goes back to the room to retrieve her mother’s shawl and runs into Fenton and is attacked by him.Realizing Donna is still inside, Winn races back up to the room. Donna escapes Fenton. SWAT and police search the hotel, but find no sign of Fenton. Winn discovers the body of the employee Fenton killed earlier, and realizes Fenton left the hotel in the employee’s uniform. Winn now races back to Donna’s house and finds Detective Nash dead in his squad car. Inside, Donna goes to the bathroom and returns to find Bobby’s throat has been slit. She sees a shadow out in the hall and she hides in her closet, thinking the shadow is Fenton’s. The person in the hall is revealed to be Detective Winn, and Fenton grabs Donna in the closet. Winn is about to open the closet but hears a scream from Donna’s aunt, from noticing the dead officer on the ground outside, so Winn runs to her bedroom. Donna is attacked by Fenton, and a violent struggle ensues. When Fenton is about to stab Donna, Winn runs in and shoots Fenton several times, killing him. Donna cries over Bobby’s dead body, and Winn tells her it is over.It wasn’t the best scary movie and since it was PG-13 they didn’t show the killings that well, so I wish it was more gory and such. Also, the dialog was sometimes stupid, but the plot was good. I wish it was a little longer and explained more things better. Also Brittany Snow didn’t seemed so sad when her friends and boyfriend died, her character should have cried more or have been more scared.

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