Prom Night (1980)
Director: Paul Lynch
Main Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens
Storyline: A masked killer haunts a high school prom
Review (Spoils): Some high school kids have been keeping the hidden secret of the death of a young Robin Hammond and their connection. But someone else also knows their secret and saw the whole thing and is now 6 years later planning revenge on the little ones death.
The storyline is pretty simple someone witnesses the death of the little girl and now wants the kids that were involved to pay….pat at the high school prom. The film has a person in black roams around breaking mirrors, ripping out yearbook pictures, stabbing with glass, a nasty axe, and a catwalk beheading. All in all the film can be slow and some of the killings scream’s 80s.
Rating: Not being a huge fan of Jamie Lee Curtis I was on the fence with this one before it started. The plot seemed pretty basic but descent but it was hard to picture Jamie Lee Curtis as a high school student in this. Plus it is hard to take Leslie Nielsen serious. Some believe this film to be a classic but for me it falls flat from the classic and it’s just a mediocre horror film.
Director: George A. Romero
Main Stars: Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Stephen King
Storyline: A number of stories of horror from a 1950’s comic book.
Review (Spoils): Five tales of horror from a 1950’s comic book come to life on the big screen. The first story is “Father’s Day” which tells the tale of a grumpy rich father who was murdered by being smashed in the head with a marble ashtray. He rises from the dead demanding for his Father’s Day cake. He gets his revenge even after death. This one has some gore.
The second story is the tale of “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill”. This brings Stephen King on the screen as a hillbilly lonesome man who comes across a fallen meteor. He gets some green glowing stuff on his hands and he slowly starts to become a plant like creature.
The third story is “Something to Tide you Over” which brings a man Leslie Nielsen tormenting a woman and another man with video of them one by one buried to their heads in sands and slowly drowning. This leads to some salt water zombies having their revenge on the Leslie Nielsen.
The forth story is “The Crate” which is a tale of murder and science. A scientist wants to murder his drunk and annoying wife (Adrienne Barbeau) so he lures her to a special crate which contains a ape like creature.
The final tale is “They’re Creeping up on You” which deals with a ruthless boss who has a phobia over bugs. This leads to a massive bug fest at his place and a gory finish.
Rating: This is a classic and there are not too many short story horror films that match this one. The cover is a classic that is very memorable to my childhood and the stories and mostly memorable. They tried hard to match it with sequels but the first one is still the best.
Day of the Animals (1977)
Director: William Girdler
Main Stars: Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George, Ruth Roman
Storyline: Hikers try to survive up against a horde of animals that live in a chemically imbalanced forest.
Review (Spoils): Some has gone wrong with the environment of planet. Any animals that live above the 5000 feet of altitude have gone mad. The ozone layer is being blamed and a group of hikers have been dropped off there before the big announcement of quarantine of the forest.
We have Leslie Nielsen trying to be serious and fail’s massively.We have a ton of mad animals, flying rats, bears, snakes, mountains lions, wolves, birds and even dogs. The animal scenes are actually cheesy and funny but nothing over the top gory.
Rating: This film reminds me of Grizzly and it about the same pace. If you’re in the mood for an animal attacks film it’s ok but the shirtless hunky Leslie Nielsen is laughable.