Prom night can be traumatic enough without serial killers and a bucket of pig blood. So in honour of Friday’s release of Prom Night, a remake of the 80s slasher classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen, we offer these cinematic prom highlights.
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John Hughes defined the horrors of high school for a whole generation. Here, he plays with the stereotypes of the artsy outcast with a questionable fashion sense, an oddball sidekick and a rich pretty boy with a shallow pal (80s creep king James Spader). While Andie ends up with Blane, Duckie dances with Kristy Swanson, who would have her own prom interrupted by a vampiric Pee-wee Herman in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Michael J. Fox in a hirsute leisure suit gets down at the dance. At first laughed at, his feral moves are quickly emulated by all his classmates. See also Encino Man, Can’t Buy Me Love and It’s A Wonderful Life, in which Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed Charleston into the swimming pool and everyone dives in after them.
Set during a nostalgic night of dancing, cruising and boozing, this second feature by George Lucas is a coming-of-age dramedy awash in the innocence of the time (1962) in which it was set – unlike American Pie, whose whole premise was built around getting some by prom night.
Dance has often epitomized youthful rebellion – West Side Story or Dirty Dancing, for example. But it took Kevin Bacon and a town full of Bible-thumpers to teach us that while rock might be the devil’s music, if you dance to it like the whitest white boy, God doesn’t mind you listening to it.
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A little bit of Dangerous Liaisons, a little Taming Of The Shrew, and Heath Ledger in a rare teen role as the seducer of Julia Stiles. Likewise She’s All That, with Freddy Prinze Jr. betting he can turn Rachel Leigh Cook from sexy bookworm to sexy prom queen.