Relive the 50’s… forever!
The first Prom Night was down to earth and wasn't surreal the way Halloween was. It was a whodunit with a masked killer, but he was obviously human. Prom Night 2, as its name implies, takes place around prom night. This said, like 1976’s Carrie; another great prom night themed horror movie, this sequel contains a strong supernatural aspect crucial to the story.
Mary Lou Maloney is designed as a resilient and magical horror icon in the likes of Freddy Krueger, Pinhead or The Tall Man as a late attempt at generating a sustainable franchise. The new plot is unrelated to the original film’s and it hurts in no way. It is dark, gory, smart, sexy and kinky. It cleverly links the 80’s with the 50’s, two decades that aren't so different when it comes to cinema.
Different generations of actors come together and all offer convincing performances. Everyone is cast to perfection, too. The writing and directing are not only irreproachable, but much above average for a genre film so much of its time. Prom Night 2 stands out most because it creates trends rather than surfing on the expected cliches and tropes instigated by previous horror successes.