Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Prom Night III: The Last Kiss (1989)

Directed by:
Ron Oliver
Peter R. Simpson

Ghostly Mary Lou Maloney (Courtney Taylor this time) returns from beyond the grave to use her supernatural powers to kill off both students and staff at Hamilton High. This time her target is high school senior Alex (Tim Conlon), whom Mary Lou has seduced and then fallen in love with. Sure Ms. Maloney comes in handy when you need help with your football skills and grades, but what good is that when she can't resist killing off all your teachers, friends and anyone else that rubs her the wrong way? This entry ignores the serious slasher mentality of the first PROM NIGHT to concentrate on the campy fun of the second (the ads even promise "a romantic comedy from hell"), but just emerges as a mixed bag of silly gore murders, unlikable characters and low-brow, juvenile teen comedy. Taylor, while certainly attractive, is inferior to both Lisa Schrage and Wendy Lyon from Part II when it comes to acting skills and trying to pull off a sexy and menacing performance.
The cast includes Cyndy Preston, an overlooked, attractive and very appealing actress who was excellent in PIN but pretty much wasted here, as Alex's girlfriend Sarah, David Stratton as best friend Shane, Jeremy Rathford (JUNIOR), former Canadian heavyweight boxing champion George Chuvalo, Lesley Kelly (from the GRAVEYARD SHIFT films) and Brock Simpson (who appears in all four of the original Prom Night titles).


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