HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II
THE HAUNTING OF HAMILTON HIGH
Prom Night took itself seriously and was dreary; Hello Mary Lou doesnt and is all the more enjoyable for it. It runs like a fast-paced parody of everything from Carrie (1976) to The Exorcist (1973) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). It slickly jumps from one not-entirely-serious shock effect to the next and is shot over with a dash of cynical humour and in doing so proves a far more enjoyable film than anything it is sold as might suggest. The effects work is accomplished particularly good is the blackboard that drags a person in and turns into a swimming pool. The entirety of the film comes tongue-in-cheek like the guy who kisses his girlfriend just after she has given the prom judge a blowjob as bribe: Got any more of those mints your breath smells great. Even the effects work comes tongue-in-cheek like the mummified hand with the perfect red nails that struggles its way up out of Wendy Lyons body or the image of Lyon draped across a rocking horse that rolls its eyes and obscenely slithers its tongue. Wendy Lyons performance is rather good with her virtuous baby-blonde innocence played against expectation in a series of increasingly straight-faced acts of wilful licentiousness.
The film was followed by a direct sequel Prom Night III: The Last Kiss (1990) also featuring Mary Lou. The subsequent Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil (1992) abandoned the tongue-in-cheek exploits of Mary Lou and concerned a psycho priest stalking teenagers. Prom Night (2008) was a loose remake of the original.
Canadian director Bruce Pittman had previously made the dreary twin psycho-thriller The Mark of Cain (1985) and went onto make the Kurt Vonnegut adaptation Harrison Bergeron (1995), Alien Tracker (2003) about alien prison escapees and the film set thriller The Last Movie (2012). He has almost exclusively worked in television subsequently.
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