Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II
Directed by Bruce Pittman. US. 1987. R. 97 minutes. 35mm.
Fri., May 12, 2017
Have you ever heard of The Haunting of Hamilton High? No, but you have heard of 1980’s Prom Night. Renaming unrelated films to leverage franchise branding is nothing new, and that’s exactly what Alliance Films had in mind when they re-titled this superior slasher for distribution. And we do mean superior, as Prom Night II is in every aspect far more entertaining than its predecessor. Kicking off in the killer-diller sock-hop days of 1957, we’re introduced to inevitable prom queen and insufferable mean girl Mary Lou Maloney, who dupes her milquetoast fella in order to mess around backstage with a bad boy greaser. Set ablaze at her crowning moment of glory, Mary Lou returns for vengeance when a guileless teenie unearths her effects buried in a trunk. Well loved for building and succeeding upon its predecessor- and for a keen 80’s sensibility- Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II promises a night you’ll always remember, no matter who you go home with. (Chuck Francisco)