'Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II'
(Michael Evans, Vincent Gale, et al / DVD / R / (1987) 2008 / MGM)
Overview: When Hamilton High's Prom Queen of 1957, Mary Lou Maloney is killed by her jilted boyfriend, she comes back for revenge 30 years later. Bill Nordham is now the principle of Hamilton High and his son is about to attend the prom with Vicki Carpenter. However, she is possessed by Mary Lou Maloney after opening a trunk in the school's basement. Now Bill must face the horror he left behind in 1957.
DVD Verdict: I hadn't seen this in years and recently was given it by my Editor to review - tis time once again, but in the form of a great looking new DVD from MGM. The picture and sound were both crystal clear. No special features but that is to be expected these days for these older DVD titles. It seems the soundtrack is still in tact as well including Ricky Nelson's 'Hello Mary Lou.' Sometimes it is hard licensing music onto old films due to legal/money/rights issues (the replaced music for the 2004 DVD of Happy Birthday to Me comes to mind).
I'm assuming this is being re-released to coincide with the 2008 remake of Prom Night due out in theatres next week. I really enjoyed the first Prom Night with Jaime Lee Curtis. People should note that this film has nothing to do with the first one and that's not necessarily a bad thing although the same high school name is used.
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II is actually a very entertaining, fun horror flick with some comedic touches thrown in. It is sort of a cross between Carrie and The Exorcist. We open with the 1957 prom queen winner Mary Lou Maloney (Lisa Schrage) who goes up in a barrell of flames due to her jilted boyfriend being left behind for another guy. Fast forward 30 years later and Vickie Carpenter (Wendy Lyon) has been nominated prom queen. She is also dating the principal's son whose father just happens to be the guy responsible for Mary Lou's death. Suddenly, Mary Lou's unrested spirit is released and she is burning mad!
Vickie begins acting stranger by the day. She is saying things she doesn't normally say. She begins doing things she doesn't nomally do. She even comes to school dressed in clothes fit for 1957. What could be happening? If you are thinking Mary Lou is starting to possess Vickie's body to get revenge on those who wronged her or who stand in her way of becoming the 1987 prom queen, you would be right. There are many enjoyable moments to savor for those who don't mind taking a break from serious horror. There is also some very smart and witty dialogue, and the actors all did a nice job. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.