“31 Days of Horror” Day 7: “Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II” (1987)
Prom Night II: Electric Boogaloo? (Badum tss!)
There is only one thing that needs to be said about “Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II”:
Damned if I couldn’t watch that man in pretty much any role. Ha!
Seriously though, while I genuinely considered making that my entire review, I won’t actually do you guys like that. The first thing that you actually have to know about “Prom Night II” is that it has absolutely no relation (so far as I can tell) to the original “Prom Night”. They share a title and a partial setting, and that’s pretty much it. While the original “Prom Night” was grounded in the more realistic scenario of a killer stalking prom-goers, the sequel is wildly supernatural, featuring a vengeful spirit taking over a student’s body in order to relive her prom queen glory days.
“I Loved Every Minute of It.” – Mary Lou, Apparent Slut of the Century
The opening scene of “Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II” shows us a bit of the backstory of said spirit. Mary Lou, it transpires, is a ridiculously promiscuous teen who is cheating on her boyfriend and cares more about being prom queen than possibly anything else. As the result of a retaliatory prank gone wrong, she ends up burning to death, screaming on stage in front of her classmates, before she can even receive her crown.
Thirty years later, Mary Lou’s spirit returns to the school to take revenge on those responsible, and she evidently decides that she may as well take out some of the students she doesn’t like while she’s at it.
In the key roles we have:
Vicki (Wendy Lyon) as the prom queen hopeful and all around sweet girl whom Mary Lou seeks to possess.
Bill (Michael Ironside) as the teacher who is also the father of Vicki’s boyfriend and also Mary Lou’s spurned boyfriend who caused the fatal accident.
Father Cooper (Richard Monette) as the local priest and also the boy Mary Lou was cheating with, who tried and failed to save her.
All three do a pretty decent job of their roles, as do the other supporting characters throughout the runtime, but for my money Ironside steals the show. I may be biased because I find him wonderfully, ridiculously intense in everything he does.
Turn off Brain: Enjoy Goofy Murder and Mayhem
Now, make no mistake: “Prom Night II” is not a good movie. It is, however, a fun movie. It is cheesy, occasionally-ridiculous, high-school-drama-mixed-with-murder goodness that is perfect for turning your brain off to. And while the production value may not be through the roof, there are a few scenes that were actually quite well-done, especially considering the age of the movie. The chalkboard scene is a little goofy, but is a really interesting, ambitious idea, and the locker-kill is one that will make you say, “Huh! That was actually pretty cool!” More than one scene will probably make you snort out loud, but all-in-all it’s the enjoyable kind of bad. It starts off a little slow, but goes from 0 to 60 near the middle, and if you’re the kind of person who enjoys B-Horror, this is definitely one to add to your list.
What are you watching for the spooky season? Have you seen “Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II“? Let me know your own thoughts and give your own suggestions for horror movie musts in the comments! And don’t forget to check out my other ‘31 Days of Horror‘ movie reviews!
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