91-minutes – Horror
Release date: July 18, 1980
Canadian distributor: Astral Films
US distributor: Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.
Fresh from the success of Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis cemented her early reputation as the “scream queen” with this slasher tale of revenge. Four witnesses to a young girl’s accidental death years ago are targets of a stalking killer on the night of the high school prom. While definitely inferior to Halloween and Carrie, the two films that provide the framework for this low-budget knock-off, Paul Lynch’s Prom Night survives as a cult favourite in the genre and is the subject of a trivia question in Wes Craven’s Scream. The film also provided a franchise of sorts for producer Peter Simpson, since three terrible sequels of diminishing returns were made over the next twelve years. – Synopsis courtesy of The Essential Guide to Canadian Film
The image above, one of 7 in a set of lobby cards, and the poster for Prom Night were scanned from originals in the Northernstars Collection.