Prom Night (1980)

Paul Lynch directs Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens and Leslie Nielsen in this teen slasher where a childhood tragedy leads to a night of disco soundtracked who-dunnit shenanigans.

Not a high point for the sub-genre but the mystery plot (though utterly guessable), solid cast and banging soundtrack keep this very watchable. Like Carrie, not a lot happens until the last half hour and then EVERYTHING happens. Vans go tearing off of make out points, heads roll and a big axe is brought into play to hunt down the most deserving victim. The highlight though isn’t any of the kills but Jamie Lee Curtis’ amazingly choreographed dance number. Queen of the prom, queen of the genre and perhaps… if we kill the right sequence of toffs… she could be Queen of England! Am I right?!

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