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Prom Night | 2008 | PG-13 | - 3.8.4

After witnessing the brutal murders of her family by a former teacher, a high school senior (Brittany Snow) struggles to go on with her life and enjoy her prom night. All is going well until she learns that the psychopathic murderer escaped and is likely to be looking for her. Also with Johnathon Schaech, Brianne Davis, Kelly Blatz, Jana Kramer, Kellan Lutz, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jessica Stroup, Dana Davis, Scott Porter, Collins Pennie and Craig Susser. Directed by Nelson McCormick. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A teenage boy and a teenage girl kiss, they lie back on a bed, they continue to kiss and he kisses her neck and shoulder (the scene changes and no sex is implied).
 Teenage boys and teenage girls kiss in several scenes. Teenage boys and girls dance together in several scenes.
 Three teenage girls talk about having a hotel room with their boyfriends and it is implied that they plan to have sex. A teenage girl says that their female teacher is in love with another teenage girl. A teenage girl talks about her boyfriend preferring her out of her dress. Teenage girls talk about their prom dresses being sexy.
 Teenage girls wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs. A dead man is shown wearing boxers and a T-shirt.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man strikes a woman, who falls to the floor, he straddles her and stabs a knife into the floor next to her, and then stabs her in the abdomen repeatedly (we see the woman jerk and hear crunching and we see the terrified look on the face of her teenage daughter who is watching from under the bed).
 A man stabs a woman in the abdomen three times (we hear crunching and hear her scream then see her dead with bloody spots on her clothing).
 A man lunges out of a closet, tackles a teenage boy stabbing him in the abdomen, then stabs him two more times (we hear crunching and see the boy's face while he screams) and we see his bloody shirt as he is dragged away by his feet.
 A teenage girl runs down a flight of stairs, her heel breaks and she tumbles down, she gets up and runs when she sees a man with a knife approaching, he chases her, she hides among construction debris, tries to run, and the man gabs her and slits her throat (blood sprays on a clear sheet of plastic and we see the man washing the bloody knife later). A man slits another man's throat while he sleeps (blood spurts on a wall).
 A teenage girl backs into a closet, a man with a knife grabs her from behind, she bites his hand and screams, he holds the knife over her, and he is shot several times (blood sprays) and falls to the floor dead.
 A teenage girl finds her young brother dead (we see blood on his shirt and mouth). A man lies dead on the floor with blood on his head and hand. We see a dead man lying on the ground in a pool of blood and a woman screams. We see a dead man in the trunk of a car with a bit of blood on his chest and face. A dead teenage boy falls out of a cabinet (we see blood on his shirt). A dead teenage girl is found (we see glints of blood in the dark). Blood drips from a ceiling vent and a dead man falls out of the vent opening (we see blood on his head and chest). A dead man is found in a car with a bloody neck wound, and a dead teenage boy is found in a bed with a bloody neck wound.
 A man breaks a door down, a teenage girl inside the room hides under a bed, and she finds another teenage girl dead (with blood on her mouth); she then gets up and runs.
 A man grabs a teenage girl around the throat, pushes her into a bathroom, and closes the door (we hear screaming and see her dead later with blood on her abdomen). A teenage girl dreams that a man is slashing her with a knife (we hear the slash and she screams).
 A man pushes another man back onto a bed, places his hands around his throat, the man screams and the scene ends (it is implied that the man was murdered).
 A teenage girl dreams that a killer grabs her head and slams it into a mirror breaking the glass.
 A teenage girl walks through an empty hotel room, she hears noises and is afraid. We hear that a man was tried for murder and he was determined to be insane. Two teenage girls snipe at each other in several scenes.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (dumb), 2 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A teenage boy drinks from a glass then pours alcohol from a flask into it and continues drinking, teenage boys hoist a keg of beer into a hotel room through the window, and a teenage boy tries to smuggle a bottle of alcohol into a high school dance (he is caught). A teenage girl takes a prescription medication for anxiety and a teenage girl takes an OTC pain pill.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, death of parents and siblings, death of friends, high school graduation, prom, stages of life, life choices, honor, hate, respect of peers, love, psychopaths, insanity.

MESSAGE - Horrible events can never be forgotten.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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