PROM NIGHT III: THE LAST KISS (1990) Reviews and overview

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‘Alex thinks he’s dead and gone to heaven. He’s half right.’

Prom Night III: The Last Kiss is a 1990 Canadian comedy horror film directed by Ron Oliver (Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Goosebumps series) and Peter Simpson from a screenplay written by Oliver (who also scripted Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II). It was produced by Ilana Frank and former actor Ray Sager. The movie stars Tim Conlon, Cyndy Preston (Carrie, 2013), David Stratton and Courtney Taylor.

This third entry in the Prom Night franchise continues the storyline involving the murderous ghoul Mary Lou Maloney.

Trapped in Hell, murderous prom queen Mary Lou Maloney (Courtney Taylor), who burned to death in 1957, manages to escape her chains by severing them with a nail file.

Returning to her place of death, Hamilton High School, Mary Lou kills the school janitor and one of her many former boyfriends Jack Roswell (Terry Doyle) by electrocuting him with a jukebox to the point that his pacemaker bursts from his chest.

The day after, Principal Weatherall (Roger Dunn), officially opens Hamilton High’s recently reconstructed gymnasium, accidentally severing one of his own fingers while cutting the ribbon with a pair of scissors, an act which prompts an unseen force to wreak havoc through the gym with powerful winds…

“Without a care for its story or characters, the film’s detachment makes it tough to appreciate other than as a late-night time-waster. In the Prom Night pantheon, this is the weakest entry in the series. Although, if death by jukebox sounds appealing to you, then sit back and enjoy.” Canuxploitation!

” …an undistinguished rehash of clumsy clichés and stupefying stereotypes […] Since it’s all been done before, there’s not much pizzazz in Ron Oliver’s directing or writing.” John Stanley, Creature Features, Berkley Boulevard, 2000

“Favorite line, spoken when some newbies turn up in Hell, “It’s okay when you get used to the smell”. The film then mixes this approach up with one devoted to playing around with teen film gags. When it’s funny, Prom Night III is good but that’s not all time.” Digital Retribution

“The effects, particularly the animation surrounding Mary Lou’s appearances and disappearances, are not particularly convincing. Courtney Taylor lacks any conviction as Mary Lou – the bitchiness comes with a dreadful vapidity […] too cheerfully tongue-in-cheek a film to be considered bad but lacks anything to be much more than that.” Moria

“It’s a slasher that attempts to be funny and doesn’t always succeed, but it’s hard to say that it isn’t simply fun nonetheless; as the years go by, I’ve come to enjoy these types of slashers more and more. Even though the gore here is simply decent, the script devises some ridiculous methods of dispatch…” Oh, the Horror!

“The connection to previous Prom Night films is a little obscure, but at least Paul Zaza – the James Horner of tax shelter horror – returns with another of his comfortingly familiar scores […] Prom Night III is at best boringly competent and nonsensical, and at worst simply boring.” Caelum Vatnsdal, They Came from Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema, Arbiter Ring Publishing, 2014

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