Sunday, January 29, 2017

HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II Movie Review

Thirty years after being killed during the prom, school slut/mean girl Mary Lou Maloney (Lisa Schrage) returns, possessing high school senior Vicki Carpenter (Wendy Lyon) and wreaking havoc on prom night. Though considered a part of the Prom Night series of films, this movie has little to do with the Jamie Lee Curtis classic--in fact, it was written as a stand alone film, and was only renamed to tie into Prom Night after being shot. Far from being just another slasher flick, this movie dives head first into the bizarre--there's a chalkboard whirlpool, haunted rocking horse, a ghost crawling out of a body, a computer killing a person...lets let some pictures do the talking for a moment...

Our Queen

Her victims, in all their 80s fashion glory

The Jester

The Royal steed

The acting is actually much better than you would expect in a movie such as this and from a bunch of  people who didn't do many films beyond this one. It will surprise no one that Michael Ironside turns in the best performance--more interesting is that he looks as much like Hunter S. Thompson as Jack Nicholson here.

"This is Mary Lou country"

Unfortunately, the weakest performances are from Schrage and Lyon, the actresses playing the two most important roles in the film. The dialogue leaves a lot to be desired, as does the reemergence of Vicki after Mary Lou's grand return. Still, these shortcomings are made up for by the aforementioned wonderfully wild scenes coupled with other hallucination-driven madness that unfolds--yes, one could make the argument they were largely inspired by A Nightmare On Elm Street, but hey, if you're going to borrow from a movie, that's a pretty good one to use, and these scenes certainly don't come off as a poor impersonation. I could also make the obvious comparison to Carrie, but one can assume people are going to make that connection themselves based on the title alone. Until today, I had not seen this movie in a very long time, and it is considerably better than I recall it being--it screams 1980s weirdness, which is always a plus in my book.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II Movie Trailer

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