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Prom Night Reviews: Not Worth Getting Dressed Up

snowpromnight.JPGJamie Lee Curtis has to be feeling pretty smug these days; nothing improves the memory of a bad movie more than an even worse remake. The critics uniformly detested the new Prom Night, racing to snatch the tiara from Brittany Snow’s head, lest she become too attached to it:

“If comparisons to Halloween make Prom Night sound marginally watchable, I have erred. It’s a bore, even taking into account unintentional moments of humor that resulted in audience members jeering.” — James Berardinelli, Reelviews

“Given that the title event has to be one of the dullest prom nights
ever recorded on film, chances are good that some of (the killer)’s
presumed victims actually died of boredom.” — Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

“It makes the original look like Citizen Kane and it makes Scream look like Shakespeare. It’s watchable only though an act of will.” — Alex Markerson, E! Online

“The movie is too lazy to dole out even one half-decent subplot, it
has no idea how to make its killer come off as scary, it telegraphs
every one of its meager thrills, and it’s packed with characters so
generic they’d be better off wearing white sweaters emblazoned with
‘JOCK,’ ‘BITCH,’ ‘VIRGIN’ on the front.” — Scott Weinberg, Cinematical

“Ms. Curtis… would probably be insulted to learn from the press
notes of this new film that it has been reimagined for a ‘more
sophisticated audience.’ (Because that’s just what you hope for in a
slasher-movie audience: sophistication.)” — Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

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