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Prom Night

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nelson McCormick
Produced by Neal H. Moritz
Written by J.S. Cardone
Starring Brittany Snow
Scott Porter
Johnathon Schaech
Jessica Stroup
Idris Elba
Dana Davis
Colin Pennies
Music by Paul Haslinger
Distributed by Screen Gems
Alliance Films
Sony Pictures
Release date(s) April 11, 2008 (2008-04-11)
Running time 88 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Gross revenue $57,197,876 [1]

Prom Night is a 2008 horror film from Screen Gems directed by Nelson McCormick and starring Brittany Snow. The film was released on April 10, 2008 in Australia, and on April 11, 2008 in Canada and the United States, followed by a worldwide release in May. It is a re-imagining[2][3] of a 1980 Canadian horror film of the same name.



In 2005, Donna Keppel (Brittany Snow) returns home to find her brother and father dead. She hides under the bed as Richard Fenton (Johnathon Schaech), her former teacher, killed her mother in front of her. Three years later, she has been in therapy and she tells her therapist (Ming Wen) about the recurring dream of that night.

Donna is now living with her aunt (Jessalyn Gilsig) and uncle (Linden Ashby), and is about to graduate from high school. She and her friends are getting ready to attend their senior prom that night. Donna's boyfriend, Bobby (Scott Porter), arrives at her house, along with her friends Lisa (Dana Davis), Claire (Jessica Stroup), and their boyfriends, Ronnie (Collins Pennie) and Michael (Kelly Blatz). They take a limousine to the prom.

At the town's police station, Detective Winn (Idris Elba), who imprisoned Fenton three years ago, learns that Fenton has escaped from prison and warns Donna's aunt and uncle. At the prom, Fenton arrives at the hotel disguised as Mr. Ramsey, and takes a room on Donna's floor and kills the maid 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 then sees Fenton, who proceeds to take Claire into a room, stabs her and kills her. When Claire doesn't return, Michael goes upstairs to see her. While in the room, Fenton hides, then kills Michael. Detective Winn arrives and warns the hotel staff to be on the alert. Fenton kills a hotel employee looking for the maid and takes his uniform.

Lisa and Ronnie head up to the room, Lisa bumps into Fenton in the elevator. While making out Lisa realizes that it was Fenton and runs off to warn Donna, but after taking the stairs she's caught by Fenton. She is chased down to the basement of the hotel where construction is taking place and she hides herself from Fenton, but after her boyfriend calls her name from the elevator, Fenton finds her and kills her.

Winn and his assistant Nash (James Ransone) find the body of a man named Mr. Ramsey in a car in the hotel parking lot. Winn goes up to the room and finds the maid's body. Knowing for sure that Fenton is in the building, 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. Realizing Donna is still inside Winn races back up to the room. Donna escapes Fenton, and Winn discovers the body of the employee Fenton killed earlier. Winn 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 returns from the bathroom 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 Det Winn and Fenton grabs Donna in the closet. Winn is about to open the closet but then hears a scream from Donna's aunt, from noticing the dead officer on the ground outside so Winn runs to her bedroom. Donna bites him on the hand and tries to escape out of the closet but trips on the floor. Fenton tries to hold her down but Donna continues to struggle and kick him. Winn runs in and shoots Fenton, killing him. Donna cries over Bobby's dead body and Winn tells her it's over.



The budget for the film is $20 million.[4] It was produced by Original Film and Newmarket Films in association with Alliance Films, which holds the rights to the original franchise, along with sequel rights. It was released in the United States by Screen Gems, in Canada by Alliance Films, and in Australia by Sony Pictures. The film was shot in South Pasadena, California.

Critical reception

Prom Night was not screened in advance, and received mostly negative critical reviews. The main criticism is that it lacks any suspense or gore. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 9% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 58 reviews.[5] On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 17 out of 100, based on 12 reviews.[6] The film received little positive reviews.


DVD release

The DVD was released on August 19, 2008 in theatrical (88 min.) and unrated (89 min.) versions. It was released in Australia on Blu-ray and 2 Disc DVD Edition on August 27, 2008. In FYE stores in the US, the unrated edition came with a bonus disc called "Body Count: Investigating the Murders of Prom Night", which is a 22-minute documentary about the murders of various characters about the film, as well as various techniques the director used to make the murders scarier. Includes interviews with Nelson McCormick (director) and other members of the cast of the film.

Box office performance

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $20,804,941 in 2,700 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #1 at the box office and averaging $7,705 per theater. In Australia, Prom Night opened at the #3 position making $854,514, just behind Superhero Movie and The Spiderwick Chronicles. In the United Kingdom, Prom Night opened at the #4 position making £507,985, just behind Sex and the City, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Superhero Movie. The film has a domestic gross of $43,869,350 and a foreign gross of $12,728,210 for a worldwide total of $56,597,560. It is currently ranked 14th on's Horror Remake list.


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From Wikiquote

Prom Night is 2008 film about a high school teenage enjoying one of the most cherished pastimes in high school: Senior Prom. It is supposed to be the best night of her life, one of magic, beauty, and love. Together with her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. The night soon turns from magic to murder when an obsessed killer causes one terrifying nightmare after another.

Directed by Nelson B. McCormick and starring Brittany Snow.

A Party To Die For taglines


Crissy Lynn

  • {abotu her date) If he were any dumber, I'd have to water him.

Richard Fenton

  • (during his interrogation, about Donna) Nothing can keep us apart... She has no family. All she has is me... You know we love one another... Ask Donna... We'll be together forever... together forever, that's my promise... I'll see you soon, Donna.


  • This is prom, Let's just all be nice and forget the past.


(during procession into the ballroom)

Ms. Waters: Lisa! Wow! That dress is so...

Crissy Lynn: (off screen) Inappropriate.

Lisa: Crissy! Wow, your dress is so simple. It's so you.

Donna: (walking up the steps) Crissy, come one. This is prom, Let's just all be nice and forget the past.

Crissy Lynn: (walks down a few steps, to Lisa) As fellow prom queen nominee, I want to wish you luck tonight. You're gonna need all you can get.

Lisa: (intimidated) You think you got it all wrapped up, do you?

Crissy Lynn: (snearing) Well, they're certainly not propped up and on display like yours. That's for sure.

Ronnie Heflin: I want to make a toast. To my little queen... No matter what happens. Cheer?

Bobby: Cheers. (as they all toast)

Lisa: (turns to look at Crissy and then back) If that bitch wins... I'll hurl!

Donna: Ok, I'm sorry. Would you just explain to me, why do you care? What do you get? A bouquet of roses and a tacky tiara you can only wear to proms?

Lisa: It's not about what you get. It's like, it's about the honor, you know. It's about the respect of my peers.

Bobby: (laughing with everyone) Are you serious?

Donna: That's the geekiest thing you've ever said.

Lisa: (beat) Ok, 'guess it was a little geeky. But seriously. I just want Crissy to know that she can't buy everything and think about the reunions to come. I win, it'll eat away at her until the day she dies.

Detective Nash: (walking up to the desk) Hey Winn.

Detective Winn: That's Detective Winn to you, kid.

Detective Nash: (hands over the fax) This just came for you... What? (as Winn grabs the phone)

Fuller: (on the phone) Fuller here.

Detective Winn: This is Detective Winn with the Bridge Port PD. I'm calling about a fax concerning the escape of Richard Fenton. What the hell is going on?

Fuller: Yes, sir! Detective, we just received word from the hospital of Fenton's escape on Wednesday evening.

Detective Winn: (outraged) Why did it take three God damn days to notify us?

Fuller: Sorry, sir. I needed to notify the board. (phone disconnects)

Detective Winn: Damn! I don't believe this!

Detective Nash: What is it?

Detective Winn: (walking around, gathering files) This is a case I had three years ago. High school teacher, he got crazy obsessed with a female student. They fired him, that didn't stop him. And then when the family got a restraining order against him, he went psycho. We arrested that son of bitch at his house. We found journals of this guy having fantasies about this girl. He had pictures of her everywhere.



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