Jamie Lee Curtis followed up 1979's The Fog with 2 slashers: Terror Train, and Prom Night. Sure, she's long in the tooth to be playing a high school senior, but she was a dependable horror heroine.
Prom Night is pretty typical slasher fare. Nothing fancy. Years ago a group of youngsters accidentally caused the death of young girl during a cruel game of hide-and-go-seek. They swear forever to keep it a secret.
Years later, while all the attractive fems are perky high school seniors, someone starts making the phone calls. I have to admit, the whole sequence is a bit funny. Scene after scene of just the killer's mouth and chin rasping into the phone and asking if the girls like to play games, etc. Then he scratches names off a pad. A bit funny. Maybe we've just seen it parodied too much.
Anyway, there's little real suspense. A creepy stalk scene in the girls bathroom. Big red blinking red herrings thrown in shamelessly. There is a good chase sequence through creepy, dark school hallways. It leads to a payoff kill. Speaking of bloody murder, this isn't top of the list for gore, either. We get stabbings, some throat cutting. But the best effect is a single murder, and that's the disco-floor decapitation of an unlikable knucklehead senior.
Speaking of disco, you'll either be thrilled or horrified by how much this film has dated. We're talking a serious disco ball prom night here. You've been warned.
Jamie Lee is perfectly fine here. Leslie Nielson, yes, Leslie Nielson, plays a serious role as the school principal here. He's not bad, but you just keep expecting him to say, "And don't call me Shirley."
You could do far worse than Prom Night on a boring evening. If you're a genre fan like me, you'll like it, and you'll have to see it. Not the best, but adequate.