Prom Night (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Prom Night (2008)
  • Rate: 3.7/10 total 17,627 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 11 April 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 88 min | 89 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Biltmore Hotel – 506 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $57,197,876(Worldwide)
  • Director: Nelson McCormick
  • Stars: Brittany Snow, Scott Porter and Jessica Stroup
  • Original Music By: Paul Haslinger   
  • Soundtrack: Making a Memory
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Friend | Prom | Hotel | Murder | Killer

Writing Credits By:

  • J.S. Cardone (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Body count: 13, including the flashback. 1. Father (flashback) 2. Brother (flashback) 3. Mother (flashback) 4. Maid 5. Claire 6. Michael 7. Bellhop 8. Lisa 9. Guy in Trunk 10. Nash 11. Bobby 12. Cop outside house 13. Killer

Goofs: Factual errors: When Donna looks at her bottle of pills, the label says "Klonapin." The correct spelling is "Klonopin."

Plot: Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, though a sadistic killer from her past has different plans for her and her friends. Full summary »  »

Story: Donnas senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, one of magic, beauty, and love. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns from magic to murder there is only one man who could be responsible, the man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive their Prom Night.Written by Davi Silva  


Synopsis: The movie begins with Donna (Snow) coming home with her friend Lisa (Davis) and Lisa’s mom from the movies. Once they pull up in front of Donna’s house they say their goodbyes and Lisa and Donna have a short discussion about cheerleading tryouts, but Donna isn’t going to try out this year (note: this is Donna’s sophomore year).Donna walks inside of her house and hangs up her jacket. The t.v. in the family room is on when Donna walks in the house and she calls out to tell her family that she is home, but she get’s no response.When she puts her jacket in the closet she thinks she hears a noise and turns around and there is nothing behind her.She walks past the couch to go up stairs and then the camera turns to her dead father at the bottom of the couch where he had been murdered by a cut to the throat.She walks upstairs and trips over her brother’s baseball bat and makes a small shout. She takes the bat to her brother’s room and when she opens the door she see’s him laying on the bed and tells him that she slipped over the bat.Then she tells him to turn the television volume down and pokes him in the side revealing the slit to his throat and the blood under his chest. She lets out another small scream and hears running from her parents bedroom and a man yelling "Where is she?", then Donna hides under the bed.While she is under the bed, she see’s her mother run in and the killer, Mr. Fenton (Scheach) right behind her. He pushes the mother down and asks her where is Donna. The mother says she doesn’t know and then he hits her and she falls to the floor. He asks her one more time and then the mother turns her head to the direction of the bed where Donna is hiding under and then the killer stabs the mother five times in the stomach.Donna witnesses her mother being killed and holds in her scream. Once she realizes that the killer has left the house she runs downstairs and tries to flag down a police car. Then Donna hears a voice in her ear that says "I did it for us". It was the killer. Donna turns around and screams when she see’s him and then the screen blacks out.Donna is now in her school psychiatrist room and she just finished telling her about the nightmares Donna has been getting about the night the killer killed her family."And then what happens" the psychiatrist asks, "and then I wake up, just like I used to" Donna says. And then the psychiatrist tells Donna that the killer is locked up and far away and can only hurt her in her dreams. And then the psychiatrist asks Donna what color is her prom dress.Now Donna and her friends Lisa and Claire (Stroup) are in a beauty salon getting their hair done for prom and Donna is explaining her dress, then Clair and Lisa make a joke about Lisa’s dress and her boyfriend Ronnie (Penny).Donna’s hair dresser gives Donna a mirror and tells Donna to look at her hair and in the background of Donna’s reflection she thinks she see’s the killer standing by a bus stop and then she gasps and looks behind her to see that there is no man.About an hour or two later Donna is getting ready for her prom in her house and she walks into her bathroom to freshen up. She opens her medicine cabinet to put on some make up and she think’s she hears a noise, then when she realize’s it nothing she closes the cabinet and screams because she thought her aunt Karen’s (Gilsig) reflection was the killer.After they have calmed down Donna’s aunt asks Donna if she has been taking her anxiety pills, and Donna replies no and tells her aunt that she wants to remember what happens tonight and not feel numb.And then Donna’s date and longtime boyfriend Bobby (Porter) rings the doorbell and Donna goes downstairs and gives hima hug and kiss and the give eachother their corsages that they got for eachother and take a picture.Now Donna, Bobby, Lisa, Ronnie, Clair, and Claires date Michael (Blatz) are in their limo going to their prom and they are taking pictures and having a good time.The next scene takes you to the police department where Detective Winn (Elba) is at his desk going over files when Detective Nash (Rinsone) comes in with a fax. Detective Nash gives the fax to Winn and Winn curses and then calls a number to confirm if the fax is true about the killer that has escaped from prison.When Detective Winn gets off the phone Detective Nash asks what’s going on. Detective Winn explains the story about one of Donna’s teacher’s that got obsessed with her and how her parents got freaked out and got the teacher fired and he still was in communication with Donna so the parents got a restraining order and the teacher flipped out and killed Donna’s father and brother and how Donna had to watch her mother die. The he explains how Donna started getting notes from him a few weeks ago.Now Donna and her friends have arrived at their prom which is at a fancy hotel and they see one of the school girls that hates them named Crissy (Davis). They compliment her work on the dance and she doesn’t care what they say. While in the hotel they see their P.E. teacher and have small chit chat.After they have been in the dance hall for a few minutes where the prom is being held Ronnie tells them that he is going to get the keys for their room.When Ronnie reaches the desk there is a man giving his information so he can get a room. He tells the room keeper that his last name is Ramsley. And then Ronnie comes up and tells the room keeper that he needs three keys to room 312 which the room that they are all staying in for the night. The Mr."Ramsly" recognizes Ronnie from Donna’s group and tells the room keeper that he would like a room on the third floor.After Ronnie gives them the keys the girls want to go up to their room to freshen up. Mr."Ramsly" (A.K.A the killer) see’s Donna and her friends go into their room, and when he is at the door of the room he was assigned he takes out his card key and his pocket knife and cuts the magnetic strip of the card. He calls the housekeeper in the hallways and tells her his room key is broken. And she tells him that the card was cut. So she uses her master key to open the door and then he tells her that he would like more bath towels.As the house keeper is in the bathroom putting in towels it is dead silent and she turns around and the killer takes out his pocket knife and stabs her in the stomach and covers her mouth so she cannot be heard.He stashes her body some where and waits for Donna and her friends to come of out of their room. He watches them leave the room.A few minutes later in the ballroom Clair and her date Michael are arguing about leaving for college and then Clair tell’s Donna about their situation and Claire goes up to the room to freshen up.While Claire is in the bathroom she hears the sound of the door opening and she calls to see if it is Donna. When she gets no answer she walks out to see if anyone else is in the room and then she turns around and the killer is behind her and stabs her in her stomach 3 times.When Claire doesn’t come back downstairs, Michael goes upstairs to see Claire. He thinks he hears her in the bathroom and tells her to come out and when she doesn’t he sits down on the couch and waits for her, when he hears the door creak he thinks she is coming out, but the killer was in the bathroom. So Michael is looking around the room for Claire, and then when Michael turns around the killer pops out and stabs Michael and kills him.Then in the hotel lobby the person at the front desk tells one of the other house keepers that he can’t get a response from Gloria, which is the house keeper that got killed. The other house keeper tells the man at the front desk he will check for her when he is up at the floor she was last seen on. When he arrives up there he see’s the killer coming out of Donna’s room and he walks to his room. As the killer is about to go into his own room the male house keeper asks if he has seen the female house keeper, the killer replies "she is in my room turning down the bed" and when the male house keeper walks in the killer closes the door and kills the male house keeperLater on they are discussing about how it is taking Micheal and Clair so long to come downstairs. Then the P.E. teacher announces that they are about to announce king and queen, when Ronnie decides to go upstairs with Lisa so they can have some alone time.On their way up there Lisa bumps into the killer, he ducks his head quickly and Lisa stares at him for a few minutes trying to remember where she has seen him before. Once they are in their room they lay on the bed and start making out and and then Lisa opens her eye’s and says something signifying that she is surprised and scared then she tells Ronnie that she has to go tell Donna something. Ronnie says "of all times" and pulls out an engagement ring.When Lisa runs out of the room she slams the elevator button waiting for the elevator to open then she see’s the door open that leads to the stairs and the killer comes out and she runs to the other stairs. While she is running she trips down the stairs and gets back up. She runs to the base or contruction level hiding from him. Ronnie starts to look for Lisa; and the elevator he takes ends up leading him to the contruction level. He calls out for Lisa but doesn’t leave the elevator he is in, then the elevator closes. When Lisa thinks the coast is clear she gets up and runs only to be startled by a bunch of pigeons. Then she starts running again and bumps into paint buckets and makes a whole bunch of noise. Thinking that the killer is behind her she starts running and is looking behind her not looking forward she bumps right into the killer and he slits her throat.A few minutes later, Detective Nash gets Detective Winn to follow him and a police officer to the parking lot. The police officer takes them to a car and he opens the trunk; there is a dead body in the trunk. The officer tells the story of a person that ended up missing the day the killer escaped from jail and how the dead body is mssing their clothes and their wallet, then the officer tells the detectives that the dead body is James Ramsly, the name of the person the killer checked into the hotel as.Back at the dance they are about to announce kind and queen when Detective Winn sounds off the evacuation alarm right before they announce them. As everyone is leaving Donna tells Rick, Crissy’s date(Lutz) that if Bobby is looking for her, she went up to her room to get her mothers shawl that her aunt gave her.While she is up in her room she goes to her closet to get her purse and drops something, when she bends over the killer is right behind her. Then she turns around and there is nothing behind her, then she closes the closet door and see’s his reflection in the mirror, and he says "Donna, I’ve missed you" and she screams and runs around the room into another part of the room and looks the doors.The killer grabs the fire extinguisher in the halls and breaks down the door, then Donna runs under the bed to hide again. Once the killer is in the room he is looking for Donna and and while Donna is under the bed she scoots further away from the edge and bumps into something and when she turns her head that something is Claire’s dead body. As Donna tries to hold in her scream she lets out a small whimper and the killer turns around and looks at the beds and goes to the opposite one Donna is under.When he looks under Donna runs from under the bed and escapes out of the room bumping into the Detectives. In a frantic tone she tells them that the killer is in there. They escort her downstairs but don’t see the killer in the room. Once Donna is outside, Bobby see’s her and hugs her and they get into a police car and before they leave Donna tell’s Ronnie that Claire is dead.They bring a S.W.A.T team in the hotel and look every where for the killer and the once they receive word that the killer hasn’t been found blood starts to drip from the air conditioning vent in Donna’s room where the Detectives are and when they open it the body of the male house keeper falls out, but he doesn’t have his uniform on. And then Detective Winn starts thinking and comes to realize that the killer walked right past him when the employees were exiting the building during the S.W.A.T search and the killer was wearing the house keepers uniform.Detective Winn calls Nash and tells him that the killer escaped from the hotel and is on his way to Donna’s house, so they have the house completely gaurded. About 20 minutes later the phone line’s to the house got cut unexpectadly but no one knows when it happens, and Donna and her boyfriend are sleep in Donna’s room and Donna wakes up and looks at the television and then looks out her window where she see’s Nash wiping his eyes and then she goes into her bathroom to take her anxiety pills and when she closes the medicine cabinet the killer is behind her and she slams her head into the mirror. Then she wakes up, it was only a dream. When she wakes up and looks at the television the same show that was on in her dream is on, when she looks out her window Nash is wiping his eye and then when she goes in her bathroom and takes her pills she hesitates to close the cabinet but there is nothing behind her, but her window is open in her bathroom, she closes it and gets back in her bed.When she tries to hug Bobby he doesnt move, so she pushes him a little revealing the slit on his throat. Donna covers her mouth and lets out a small shriek. Before she see’s the dead boyfriend Winn pulls up to Nashes car and see’s that Nash has also been killed. Then Winn goes inside; Donna see’s a shadow and starts to walk in her closet and closes the door. When she see’s that it is Winn’s shadow she starts to step out when the killer grabs her and covers her mouth. Winn calls for Donna but she can’t say anything, then the killer asks if she is ready to come with him and she says yes. Then Donna’s aunt and uncle scream and Winn runs to them and they see that one of the security gaurds was killed. As Donna and the killer open the closet door and are about to leave Donna bites his hand and starts to run but she trips and he slips to pick her up and then she kicks him in the face and Winn hears Donna scream and he runs to the room where the killer is on top of Donna about to stab her then the killer gets shot once in the chest, but he is still alive so he get shot six other times by Detective Winn. And Winn tells Donna that it’s over. And the movie ends.

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Produced By:

  • Christopher Ball known as executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
  • J.S. Cardone known as executive producer
  • Marc Forby known as executive producer
  • Glenn S. Gainor known as executive producer
  • Toby Jaffe known as producer
  • Bruce Mellon known as executive producer
  • Neal H. Moritz known as producer
  • William Tyrer known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Brittany Snow known as Donna Keppel
  • Scott Porter known as Bobby
  • Jessica Stroup known as Claire
  • Dana Davis known as Lisa Hines
  • Collins Pennie known as Ronnie Heflin
  • Kelly Blatz known as Michael
  • James Ransone known as Detective Nash
  • Brianne Davis known as Crissy Lynn
  • Kellan Lutz known as Rick Leland
  • Mary Mara known as Ms. Waters
  • Ming-Na known as Dr. Elisha Crowe (as Ming Wen)
  • Johnathon Schaech known as Richard Fenton
  • Idris Elba known as Detective Winn
  • Jessalyn Gilsig known as Aunt Karen Turner
  • Linden Ashby known as Uncle Jack Turner
  • Jana Kramer known as April
  • Rachel Specter known as Taylor
  • Valeri Ross known as Mrs. Hines
  • Lori Heuring known as Mrs. Keppel
  • Jennie Vaughn known as Donna's Stylist (as Jennie Lee Vaughn-Campbell)
  • Jay Phillips known as DJ Tyler
  • Kevin Gould known as Prom Photographer
  • Tom Tarantini known as Inmate
  • Charles Hirsch known as Clerk (as Charlie Hirsch)
  • Brian Oblak known as Businessman
  • David Kaufman known as Businessman
  • Ross Partridge known as Businessman
  • Jacqueline Herrera known as Maid
  • Hugh Scott known as New Clerk
  • Nicholas James known as Denny Harper (as Nick James)
  • Joshua Leonard known as Bellhop
  • Andrew Fiscella known as Officer
  • David Lowe known as Officer
  • Shawn Driscoll known as Officer Will
  • Marcuis Harris known as Reporter
  • Troy Blendell known as Reporter
  • Gina St. John known as Reporter
  • Craig Susser known as Officer Hicks
  • Nick DeMoura known as Dancer
  • Morgan Nagatani known as Dancer
  • Zena Foster known as Dancer
  • Alex 'Shorty' Welch known as Dancer (as Alex Welch)
  • Katie Orr known as Dancer
  • Anthony Clark known as Dancer
  • Allison Kyler known as Dancer
  • Johnny Erasme known as Dancer
  • Anthony Rue II known as Dancer (as Anthony Rue)
  • Jennifer Talarico known as Dancer (as Jen Talarico)
  • Kellen DeRuy known as Viking (uncredited)
  • Ken Hurst known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Tommy Kijas known as Motorcycle Prom Kid (uncredited)
  • Kayla Laws known as Dancer (uncredited)
  • Daphne Pe'a known as Tiara Promgirl (uncredited)
  • Cory Rasmussen known as Prom Attendee (uncredited)
  • Marciano Ricky known as Cop (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Bernadette Beauvais known as makeup artist
  • Jennifer Greenberg known as makeup artist
  • Robert Hall known as special makeup designer: Almost Human Inc.
  • Zoe Hay known as makeup artist
  • Eryn Krueger Mekash known as makeup department head (as Eryn Krueger)
  • Mike Mekash known as makeup artist (as Michael Mekash)
  • Debbie Mezera known as office manager: Almost Human
  • Erik Porn known as special makeup effects artist: Almost Human Inc.
  • K.G. Ramsey known as hair stylist
  • Thomas Real known as department head hair stylist
  • Mark Sanchez known as makeup artist
  • Larry Waggoner known as hair department head
  • Jay Wejebe known as key makeup artist
  • Bret Mayo known as hair stylist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Claudia Bonfe known as set dressing buyer
  • James W. Boyce known as set dresser
  • Max E. Brehme known as property master
  • Paul Cunningham known as set dressing gang boss
  • David Eckert known as assistant art director
  • David Elliott known as construction coordinator
  • Michael A. Heath known as prop paperwork
  • Brock Helfer known as set dresser
  • Vinson Jae known as stand-by painter
  • Mark Kelly known as daily props assistant
  • Eric Koo known as sculptor
  • Holiday Landa known as art coordinator
  • Scott W. Leslie known as assistant property master
  • Vincent Lucido known as storyboard artist
  • Brett McKenzie known as art department assistant
  • John Naehrlich known as leadman
  • Christopher Schultz known as assistant property master
  • Trey Shaffer known as graphic designer
  • Kevan Weber known as set dresser
  • Christopher L. Williamson known as set dresser


Production Companies:

  • Alliance Films
  • Newmarket Films
  • Original Film

Other Companies:

  • All Balloons All The Time  balloon decor
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Keslow Cameras  camera equipment provided by
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cellular fax rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • ShowBiz Enterprises  draperies


  • Columbia Pictures of Philippines (2008) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Screen Gems (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • LK-TEL (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • RTL Entertainment (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2008) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (unrated)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Argentina) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Almost Human (special prosthetic makeup)
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates (opticals)
  • Zoic Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Casey Allen known as senior flame artist
  • Johnathan R. Banta known as digital artist
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios
  • Manda Cheung known as roto artist
  • Trent Claus known as flame artist
  • Sean Coonce known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios
  • An H. Dang known as technical consultant
  • Marissa L. Fraering known as visual effects coordinator: Lola Visual Effects
  • Diana Hinek known as digital compositor
  • William Hyler known as flame artist
  • Chris Ingersoll known as compositor: Flame artist
  • Benjamin Kutsko known as flame artist
  • Thomas Nittmann known as visual effects producer
  • Brian Nugent known as flame artist
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor
  • Bethany Pederson Onstad known as compositor (as Bethany Pederson)
  • R. Matt Smith known as compositing supervisor
  • Sean Tompkins known as visual effects coordinator
  • Sean Wallitsch known as Flame artist: Lola Visual Effects
  • Laura Elizabeth Wilcox known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Edson Williams known as visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
  • Ryan Zuttermeister known as associate visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects

Release Date:

  • Australia 10 April 2008
  • USA 11 April 2008
  • Iceland 14 May 2008
  • Spain 16 May 2008
  • Egypt 21 May 2008
  • Kuwait 29 May 2008
  • Estonia 30 May 2008
  • Germany 5 June 2008
  • Greece 5 June 2008
  • Ireland 6 June 2008
  • Panama 6 June 2008
  • UK 6 June 2008
  • Romania 12 June 2008
  • Poland 20 June 2008
  • Belgium 25 June 2008
  • Italy 11 July 2008
  • Philippines 23 July 2008
  • Singapore 24 July 2008
  • India 25 July 2008
  • France 30 July 2008
  • Mexico 8 August 2008
  • Venezuela 8 August 2008
  • Denmark 15 August 2008
  • Argentina 2 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Peru 18 September 2008
  • Hungary 7 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 28 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 19 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 14 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 22 January 2011 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, some sexual material, underage drinking, and language


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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