Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 11th, 2014
BluRay released: September 9th, 2014
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround English, DTS HD-MA Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $24.95
Though this film has all the trappings that have become synonymous with the Slasher film genre. To merely write this film off as yet another run of the mill Slasher film would be doing this film a great disservice. At the core of this film is a well laid out tale rooted in revenge where the killer actually has a clear motive behind their killing spree.
Prom Night was directed by Paul Lynch who would later go onto to direct the cult horror film Humungous. The first thing that draws you while watching this film is its strong visuals which are filled with tremendous amount of atmosphere. Also all of the deaths scenes are well executed and sufficiently gory.
After the initially scene that establishes the killers’ motive. There is a lull as things tend to drag until all the main players arrive at the prom and the killing finally begins. This film’s disco infused score was composed by Paul Zaza whose other notable scores include My Bloody Valentine, Curtains and Popcorn.
Though the entire cast are enjoyable in their respective roles, there is not one single performance that stands out more than any other. The cast does features a few recognizable faces like Leslie Nielson (Naked Gun) in the role of Mr. Hammond the father of the girl who dies at the beginning of the film and Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) in the role of Kim Hammond. Ultimately despite its shortcomings Prom Night can be a lot of fun if you just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Prom Night comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This is a title that always seemed to a get short changed on home video. That is until this release from Synapse Films who newly created transfer is easily the best this film has looked since its original theatrical release. Colors have never look more vibrant, black and contrast levels are strong throughout and there is an astounding amount of detail in every frame. Grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround mix in English and a DTS HD-MA Mono mix in English. Both audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced throughout. Rang wise the DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround does a superb job expanding the original source and this is most evident when the films score is playing. Also inncluded with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include a reversible cover art, a trailer, radio and T.V. advertisements for the film, an extensive image gallery with music from the film playing in the background, additional scenes shot for television broadcast (11 minutes 11 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen), outtakes (23 minutes 15 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen), an audio commentary with director Paul Lynch and screenwriter William Gray and a featurette titled ‘The Horrors of Hamilton High: The Making of Prom Night’ (41 minutes 4 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) with comments from Paul Lynch, actress Mary Beth Rubens, actors Michael Tough and Jeff Wincott, art director Rueben Freed, composer Paul Zaza, special effects Warren Keillor.
Topics discussed in the extras include how the project came about, the short story that served as the basis for this film’s plot, casting and how Jamie Lee Curtis had to persuade the producer of the film to cast her over another actress they were leaning towards, the look of the film, the score, the film’s ending and everyone discusses in detail their involvement in this film and their thoughts on the final product. Needless to say the extras are extensive and cover all the basis. The only thing missing from the extras is the lack of involvement from its leading lady Jamie Lee Curtis.
The following extras are exclusive to the Blu-Ray release, radio advertisements, image gallery and outtakes. Overall after years of getting subpar releases Prom Night finally gets its definitive release from Synapse Films, highly recommended.
Note: This film is also being released by Synapse Films on DVD.