There's no need to wear a corsage to Prom Night. And leaving your higher brain functions at home might be a good idea, too.
Clark Collis - Entertainment Weekly
For a film about erotomania, Prom Night is a curiously flaccid affair.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
I liked the way in which the teens find ever-more elaborate pretexts to take themselves off, alone, into the darkness to investigate this or that.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
There's no suspense or perversity. You don't care who lives or who dies -- just please make it soon.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
A surprisingly effective teen-skewing thriller that soft-pedals graphic violence (in marked contrast to the R-rated 1980 original) while generating a fair degree of suspense.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Prom night is a night you're supposed to treasure, or at least remember 'forever.' This one is forgotten by the time you throw your empty popcorn bucket into the trash cans conveniently located near the exits on your way out.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
There's absolutely zippo to fear about this movie, unless you're the kind of person who jumps when formula bogeymen do exactly what you'd expect them to do.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A bland, timid and thoroughly un-thrilling teen thriller.
Jason Anderson - Globe and Mail
It's a bore, even taking into account unintentional moments of humor that resulted in audience members jeering. This is a case study for Filmmaking Ineptitude 101.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
About as spine-tingling as an algebra exam.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Thankfully, Prom Night's predictable ending doesn't suggest a remake of the original's 1987 sequel, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2. No kidding, that's what it was called.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Dave White - Movies.com
Though a remake in name only, Prom Night nevertheless improves considerably upon its eponymous predecessor...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Tenley Woodman - Boston Herald
This do-over isn't so much an improvement over the original as lousy in a whole new direction, a nearly bloodless slasher film with fewer surprises than a broken jack-in-the-box.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Reel.com
One of the most memorable nights in a teenager's young life is grist for a pretty unmemorable movie in this tame horror entry that follows conventions to the letter.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
PROM NIGHT is a must avoid and is the real reason why studios don't screen certain movies for critics.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Well-dressed, sure, with a few kicks for green teens, but hardly a wild night.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
Annoyingly, it's a rich premise that offers all sorts of possibilities...yet McCormick doesn't appear to be bothered.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
A caffeine-free horror that's just as dull, disappointing and dispiriting as attending a real high school prom.
Jim Hall - Film4
By far the worst 'slasher movie' remake to date, replaying all the cliches, but delivering none of the guilty pleasures.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
Corny, monotonous and very far from scary
Tony Horkins - Empire Magazine
Bog-standard, unimaginative and oddly bloodless.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Every cheap-scare trick in the genre is deployed, but so feebly that not one of them works.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
If early slasher films, as their critics claimed, punished teens for having sex, the new 'Prom Night' punishes teens for their conspicuous consumption (stretch limos, hotel suites, and so on).
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
While it's certainly not as atrocious as the likes of "One Missed Call," it's certainly one of the worst of 2008, so far...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Film Threat
It's tepid fare with a vacuous cast, particularly when compared with the previous version featuring Jamie Lee Curtis as the scream queen.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
This movie accomplishes the impossible: It makes you disappointed not to be disappointed by a disappointing twist ending.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Tedious slasher flick is both gory and boring.
James Rocchi - Common Sense Media
It's a PG-13 slasher picture. This means the results are vaguely on par with having sex through a blanket.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Director Nelson McCormick has assembled a fairly valuable compendium of almost every kind of false scare known to exist.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The 1980 Prom Night was by no means a masterpiece, yet it begs the question of the remake: If you're going to make a slasher movie and you take out all the actual slashing, what else is left?
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
There's nothing scary in there, but here's a shudder-inducing fact: McCormick and Cardone are currently collaborating on a remake of the witty and nearly perfect 1987 thriller, The Stepfather.
Chuck Wilson - L.A. Weekly
Snow makes an appealing lead but the movie is a routine slice em up thriller
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
This date is a dud.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Even for the low expectations of this genre, Prom Night is gob-smackingly stupid.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
We're one box office weekend away from a remake of Leprechaun.
Jason Morgan - Filmcritic.com
Calling it a great, or even a good, movie would be a mistake, but as genre programmers go, it mostly gets the job done.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Rates a solid C.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
Often, fanboys offended by an unsolicited remake of an adored film say "Why don't they remake a bad movie?" Well, they have remade a bad movie, and the result is a worse movie.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The teen-friendly rating may be good for business, but it saps the film of much of its power to shock. Take away the shock and there's not much left to work with.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
A stalk-and-slash horror movie with precious few slashes, the PG-13-rated Prom Night is a tame, by-the-numbers affair without surprises or a point of any kind.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
An absolutely awful remake of an eighties teen slasher flick that wasn't any good to begin with...resolutely dumb, dull and predictable.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
What do you call a slasher movie with no slashing? Dull, for starters.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
There's really nothing much to Prom Night: No twists, no atmosphere, no big Grand Guignol setpieces, not a single moment when it tries to do something novel with the event, the killings, the villain, or the victims.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
File Prom Night with those thrillers that make you root for the killer rather than the victims, so annoying and vacuous are the picture's stars
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
A dishwater-dull remake whose occasional scares will thrill the slumber-party crowd but barely wake up the true horror fan.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
For being such a raging cliche, I was surprised at the fact that I really didn't get that bored with it.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
The movie is bad in the usual ways and at approximately the usual level. I can't quite muster the energy to hate it.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
For the talent behind the 2008 remake to have created a movie that's completely different and yet even stupider than the original has to represent some kind of achievement.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Prom Night boils down to an obsessed maniac (Johnathon Schaech) on the loose with a knife and a disappointingly routine, matter-of-fact plot that just doesn't cut it.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
This may not be one of the worst films of all time -- that's a pretty tough list to crack. But it is definitely one of the stupidest.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
It's tough to be terrified by [Schaech's] absurdly methodical pursuit of Donna's friends, who he has no reason to kill besides maybe coveting their seats at the lunch table.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Look. Let's just toss some pig's blood on this baby and call it a day.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Outside of a brief clip from "Can't Hardly Wait," there is absolutely nothing in "Prom Night" that is even remotely scary.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Formulaic to the core.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
So soul-crushingly vapid it makes one hate high school all over again.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Amazingly bad. To call Prom Night a horror movie is to call chewing gum a cheeseburger.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
The new Prom Night is insistently lifeless, which I think is worse than simply being awful. At least awful has some personality to it...the defanged slasher movement once again lays a rotten egg.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A snappy teen movie that's short and as sharp as the blade bloodied by its distinctively featured psychopathic killer. It's formulaic and there's nothing new, mind you, but it's well done and it is our imaginations that are encouraged to create the horror
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