I must say that I LIKED "I Know What You Did Last Summer." While a
lot of horror purists lambaste the "new" slasher movie trend, I’ve
been waiting for it to come back for years. Why? Maybe it has
something to do with my age at the time of the first slasher wave
(ah, "The Golden Age of Gore"). I was old enough to be
extremely interested, but not old enough to attend. "The Burning"
was my Holy Grail; "Halloween" was my Golden Fleece . . . And I
guess "Prom Night" is directly responsible for my leniency when it
came to "IKWYDLS" (well, that and Jennifer Love
Hewitt’s . . . acting).
While not the most famous of the 80s slasher flicks, "Prom Night"
has the distinction of being one of the first films to
directly capitalize on an apparent trend. "Friday the 13th"
and "Halloween" were flukish money makers, and teen kill movies
being low-budget concepts, tons of independent producers began to
fill the theaters with holiday-themed cut ‘em ups. Of which
"Prom Night" was one of the first.