Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)

Posted: November 13, 2011 in Movie Review
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Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)

Directed By: Bruce Pittman

Starring: Lisa Schrage, Michael Ironside, Wendy Lyon, Justin Louis, Richard Monette

Subgenre: Supernatural

Hello Mary Lou - Prom Night 2

Synopsis: The ghost of Mary Lou Maroney is resurrected 30 years after her unfortunate death, and seeks revenge on those responsible.

Thoughts: It’s not very often you see a sequel go in a completely different direction than that of the original, but that is exactly what Prom Night II does here.  Instead of a masked slasher doing his thing here, the producers opted for a more supernatural storyline, complete with naughty girl Mary Lou’s ghost coming back from the grave for revenge.  The change of direction can be jarring, especially if you are watching these in succession, but as a stand-alone, it works pretty well.

The acting is decent, but nothing great.  Lisa Schrage, who plays Mary Lou, did a great job in the flashback, but I wasn’t blown away by Wendy Lyon who plays the female protagonist that Mary Lou possesses.  The awesome Michael Ironside is here as well, although this isn’t a shining moment for him.  For whatever reason, he doesn’t command the scenes like he normally does.

Prom Night 2 plays out a lot like a made for cable movie, which probably has to do with the fact that Director Bruce Pittman has done mostly TV episodes and movies.    There are some decent death scenes, but there was a lot more that could have been done. 

Overall, Prom Night 2 is an average sequel that gets bonus points for not rehashing the original.  I thought the premise was solid, but the execution left a little on the table.  This is another one worth checking out, but not a must see.

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