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Prom Night 

Hockey masks, glove knives and fisherman uniforms have been slasher get-ups already. There seemed like nowhere left to go, until some genius decided the killer in Prom Night could wear a black ball-cap. This is a name-only remake of the 1980 Canuck slasher, but that's not to imply there's any fresh life in this. There aren't even fresh deaths. Hairspray's Brittany Snow is Donna Keppel, a high-school senior haunted by visions of the ex-teacher who was so obsessed with her, he killed her brother and parents. During the night of Donna's prom, the killer escapes to find his love. Nobody told him the best way to a girl's heart isn't to kill her family. Prom Night's black and white leads embrace the multi-ethnicity prominent slasher film introduced to teenagers 10 years ago in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. But it's skin colour tokenism---director Nelson McCormick accepts no cultural differences in his characters. Everyone falls under the insulting movie-light of "undefined popular kids." They're like this so they can be slaughtered with no objections. Donna is too well-adjusted, too in-step with her peers, considering her past. The prom-night pathos in Carrie not only cut deeper; it was more entertaining. By not taking teens seriously, Prom Night only views them from the firing line.

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