Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil (1992)
Directed By: Clay Borris
Starring: James Carver, Brock Simpson, Nicole de Boer, JH Wyman, Joy Tanner, Alle Ghadban
Synopsis: Psychotic Preacher Father Jonas escapes to stalk and slash another group of teenagers.
Thoughts: The Prom Night franchise switches gears again, bringing us what is probably their most original entry yet. During the prologue, we are introduced to Father Jonas, a religious madman who is evil beyond compare. He is soon locked away by his fellow clergymen. Of course he escapes many years later to continue his murderous rampage.
The premise of Deliver Us from Evil had loads of potential, even the overall story was great, but the execution was lacking. The acting was barely passable, although James Carver as Father Jonas was delightfully over the top, delivering one of the most laughable lines ever, “Holy Father help me save the sluts and the whores.”
What really hurt Prom Night IV was the script. Parts of the movie were just too slow and boring, failing to ratchet up the tension or advance the story. Personally, I thought the number of victims should have been increased.
Prom Night IV was “this close” to being a pleasant surprise, but as it stands it is probably of interest only to those checking out the Prom Night franchise.