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Hooptober Attempt Update #9

Prom Night 2: Hello Mary Lou

Synopsis: Thirty years after her accidental death at her 1957 senior prom, the tortured spirit of prom queen Mary Lou Maloney returns to seek revenge.

Take the title and setting of a successful early slasher,add great gobs of the first two A Nightmare on Elm Street movies and a splash of The Exorcist for flare and you get this fairly mediocre slasher that we would have watched to death at slumber parties in the 80's.

The plot to this one is a hot mess, especially considering the original helped solidify Jamie Lee Curtis as a Scream Queen and was early enough in the evolution of modern horror to still be a whodunit at heart. I listened to the review of it on How Did This Get Made more than a year ago and I swear I remembered them saying the cloak and crown narrated portions of it. That didn't happen, but it could only have improved the film.

Honestly and without spoilers, the ending was actually very satisfying. The expected final jump scare had a nice twist and the "test" of if the prom queen was back to herself or not wasn't something they'd foreshadowed or run into the ground earlier in the film. That was quite refreshing.

Available on Shudder, Hoopla and Pluto TV

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