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					                      PROM NIGHT
                             Release Date: 10 April 2008

                                      Rated: M

                                Running Time: 88 mins

        The night every high school girl dreams of turns from magic to mayhem for
Donna Keppel (Brittany Snow) when the obsessed psychopath who killed her entire
family escapes from prison and comes to claim her. What should have been the night of
a lifetime turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, as Donna and her friends are
stalked by a deranged predator who will let nothing stand between him and his intended
       An enthralling thriller that combines a gorgeous young cast with a glamorous
setting, hip soundtrack and nail-biting suspense, Prom Night features Brittany Snow
(Hairspray, John Tucker Must Die), Scott Porter (“Friday Night Lights”), Jessica Stroup
(The Hills Have Eyes 2), Dana Davis (“Heroes”), Collins Pennie (Half Nelson), Kelly
Blatz (The Oakley Seven), James Ransone (“The Wire”), Brianne Davis (Jarhead),
Johnathon Schaech (Hush, That Thing You Do!), Idris Elba (This Christmas, “The Wire”)
and Ming Wen (“ER”, The Joy Luck Club). Inspired by the classic 1980 horror film of the
same name, Prom Night is directed by Nelson McCormick (“CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation,” “Prison Break”) from a screenplay by JS Cardone (The Covenant).
        Original Films‟ Neal H Moritz (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Click) and
Toby Jaffe (The Quick and the Dead, Thomas Crown Affair 2) are the producers. Glenn
S Gainor (Vacancy, Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo), Marc Forby (29 Palms, Hostile
Intent), Bruce Mellon (Cruel Intentions), William Tyrer (The Prestige) and Chris J Ball
serve as executive producers. The creative team includes director of photography
Checco Varese AMC (La Misma Luna), production designer Jon Gary Steele (Vacancy),
editor Jason Ballantine (Wolf Creek), music by Paul Haslinger and music supervisors
Greg Danylyshyn and Gerry Cueller.
       Senior Prom is a night no one ever forgets - especially Donna Keppel. As she
prepares for the definitive high school experience, Donna is unaware that the
knife-wielding psychopath who murdered her family has escaped from prison and is on
his way back to her to finish what he started.
        Three years earlier, Donna was the only survivor of a murderous rampage by
Richard Fenton, a teacher obsessed with her innocent beauty. After her parents took
out a restraining order to protect her, Fenton broke into her home and slaughtered
them, along with Donna‟s younger brother. Donna survived the attack by hiding from the
killer and her testimony put Fenton in a maximum security asylum for the criminally
      With the support of her aunt and uncle, Donna has finally begun to recover from
the unspeakable horror of that night. Now a senior in high school, she is starting to put
the past behind her and blossom into a lovely young woman with unlimited
        On the night of her Senior Prom, Donna and her friends Lisa (Dana Davis) and
Claire (Jessica Stroup) are just three beautiful young girls marking their glorious
transition to womanhood. Along with their dates, they have rented a suite in the swanky
hotel where the prom is being held and plan to spend the night celebrating their futures.
Their biggest concern is whether it will be Lisa or the girls‟ catty archenemy, Crissy, who
is crowned Prom Queen.
       But as Donna and her classmates party, Fenton stealthily prowls the hotel,
meticulously setting in motion his plan to claim the woman he sees as his true love -
and killing anyone who gets in his way. Meanwhile, a dedicated detective (Idris Elba)
struggles to sort through a tangled web of clues and stop Fenton before Donna‟s
enchanted evening becomes a blood-spattered nightmare.

       The making of Prom Night
   The memories of that night will fade with time, but you‟ll never forget it. Just like you‟ll never forget
                            tomorrow night. - Dr Elisa Crowe, Prom Night
         When Marc Forby and Neal H Moritz acquired the rights to remake the 1980
thriller Prom Night, their intent was to completely re-imagine the picture for a new, more
sophisticated audience. The original film, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis at the height of
her “scream queen” notoriety, is one of the classic slasher films of that era, but Forby
and Moritz envisioned a script in which the emphasis would be on suspense, with the
gore toned down significantly.
       “In the post-Saw world, we've gone as far as we can with onscreen violence,”
says Forby, who, along with Glenn S Gainor, is executive producer of Prom Night. “We
went back to the classic, old-school thriller where the scares are really coming more out
of, „Where is the villain right now? Is he right there? Is he behind her?‟”
       Forby and Moritz, the producer of the blockbuster I Know What You Did
franchise, as well as the recent box office smash, I Am Legend, spent almost five years
developing a script for Prom Night before finding just the right tone for their film.
        “Neal and I went through four sets of writers and every take imaginable on the
story,” says Forby. “There were differing opinions on how to structure it - do you start
the killings in Act One of the film or do you save it for later? We even had a version
where the children being killed were reincarnated souls of people who had done very
bad things and karma was coming to get them. At the end of the day, we decided to do
Prom Night as a classic, straightforward psychological thriller. Rooting it more in reality
was a much more compelling way to go.”
       When writer JS Cardone came on board, he found a vision that everyone was
happy with. The result is a script that producer Toby Jaffe, who worked on The
Amityville Horror remake as a production executive at MGM, describes as “very
Hitchcockian. In a lot of classic Hitchcock movies, you kind of know where the threat is
coming from. The fun for the audience is in seeing how the protagonist deals with it.
We're with them, trying to figure out how they're going to get themselves out of this
       Anticipation, notes Forby, is more frightening than overt violence. “One's
imagination is far greater than anything any filmmaker can show you,” he says.
“Anticipation accounts for ninety-nine percent of the thrills in a classic horror film. And
anticipation is heightened when the audience has a piece of information the character
doesn't. The longer you can hold back the knowledge from the characters, the more
anxiety the viewer is going to experience watching, because they know where the killer
is and they want to reach out and help.”
        To bring Cardone‟s screenplay to the screen, the producers brought in veteran
TV director Nelson McCormick, whose resume includes dozens of hours of acclaimed
television dramas from “Nip/Tuck” and “The West Wing” to “ER” and “NYPD Blue.”
        “Growing up, I was heavily influenced by popcorn horror films like Halloween and
Friday the 13th,” says the director. “But what really scares me more are films that feel
real. In movies like Deliverance and Dead Calm, the terror goes a little deeper because
the situations are so real, and that‟s where I wanted this film to be rooted.”
        After years of working successfully within television‟s tight production schedules,
McCormick knows the value of detailed preparation. “Neal and I first spoke to Nelson
about directing the film a couple years ago, and he was just remarkably well prepared,”
says Forby. “He even came with storyboards. He'd mapped it all out. It was purely
because of that passion we hired him. We knew he was really going to get behind it,
and he did. He watched every horror film out there. I mean, he became a real expert
within two months. You want that kind of passion.”
       Producer Toby Jaffe agrees that McCormick took his research as far as it could
go. “He was meticulous about everything, even down to the prom clothes and prom
music. In addition to excelling at the genre of thriller filmmaking, he tried to really
recreate what a prom feels like today.”
       McCormick discovered a documentary called The World‟s Best Prom about a
high school celebration in Racine, Wisconsin and what it meant to the community at
large, as well as the students in attendance. “This documentary explores the levels of
how invested this one town was in the prom,” he says. “It follows the seniors and what
they are going through leading up to the prom, and continues during and after their
prom night.”
       McCormick even had the cast watch the documentary before filming started. “I
gave it to the actors because I wanted to refresh their memories of the prom,” he
continues. “It‟s a rite of passage - a coming of age and a very big deal for most kids. I
wanted to bring them back to that time.”
       The director was equally diligent in researching the techniques master thriller and
horror filmmakers of the past have used to create heart-pounding suspense and
jump-inducing scares. “He really did his homework,” says executive producer Gainor.
“He really studied to see what works - for example, a slow, creeping camera is very
scary. You don't want to rush through a scare. You want to have a moment to breathe.
What makes the difference between a horror film and a thriller is that a horror film is
quick to just jump in there and get you to the blood, and a thriller like this is going to
take its time.”
      “A lot of spectacular detail went into the production design and the camera
movements and building in the scares,” adds Gainor. “And there are subtle references
to some of the best thrillers of the 20th century. There is a moment where there's blood
going down a drain. There are moments that remind me of Jaws, when something just
passes across the screen and is gone. Just like a fin, but in our case, it's the killer.”
      “One of the greatest things about this script,” says the director, “is the crossover
of genres - it‟s a cop movie interwoven with a teen terror film. You have a detective
who‟s getting a second chance to bring a killer to justice. The killer is an obsessed man
who is driven to insanity by a student he simply must have, to the point that he will kill
anyone who stands between him and her. And in the middle of these two men is this
young woman, who‟s experiencing the most magical night of her life, the night of her
prom, an event which is synonymous with the end of youth - the death of youth,
        Adding to Prom Night’s palpable tension is the fact that while their storylines are
inextricably intertwined, those three characters - Donna, Detective Winn and Fenton -
don‟t come together onscreen until the final, cathartic climax.
        “Our threat is a man who suffers from the same disorder that John Hinckley, Jr.
did with Jodie Foster,” McCormick explains. “It‟s called „erotomania.‟ Our killer imagines
a relationship that doesn‟t exist. He imagines that this woman is meant to be with him
for the rest of his life and he will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
       “There‟s something very human about it,” says the director. “Maybe not to that
extreme, but we‟ve all wanted something badly in our lives and have been driven to
obsession over it - a job, a car, a spot on a team - so we can relate to this guy on some
small level. He‟s not just a killing machine out to rack up a body count.”
         Executive producer Mark Forby adds, “It‟s about an obsession, not the act of
killing. Fenton is fixated on a goal and has to kill people that get in his way. It makes him
a more interesting villain because it adds dimension. There's a little part of you that can
have some empathy.”
       Hinckley, Jr., Mark David Chapman and Ted Bundy all served as models for
Prom Night’s villain, according to McCormick. “We felt there was a cerebral superiority
to these guys,” he says. “They‟re quite brilliant and we wanted that mindset to be
captured in the Richard Fenton character.”
        “I kept thinking about Seven and The Silence of the Lambs,” the director
continues. “You had these brilliant minds who are the villains who are always a step or
two - or twelve - ahead. You get the sense that they‟re going to win unless our hero
catches a break. The audience is behind him right to the end and it‟s neck and neck to
the finish. If this were Jaws, Richard Fenton would be my shark; if this were Alien, he
would be my creature.”
       Nothing is going to keep us apart. She needs me now more than ever... All she
has is me. - Richard Fenton, Prom Night
        McCormick had a very specific visual aesthetic in mind, one that would reinforce
the audience‟s visceral response to the action. “The shots had to create
claustrophobia,” he says. “They had to create a psychological state. What you can‟t see
in a frame is often more scary than what you can. If you really study the classic horror
films and thrillers, you set it up with us experiencing what our protagonist is
experiencing from their point of view, and then shock us with the stalker point of view or
the shot of somebody coming in behind them.”
      Delivering the look McCormick sought fell to award-winning cinematographer
Checco Varese, AMC. The Peruvian-born director of photography prides himself on
being able to get inside a director‟s head and interpret his or her concept visually.
“When you shoot a thriller, it‟s based on fear, it's based on surprises,” says Varese. “We
had to figure out how to tell the story and at the same time not show too much, so the
audience will still have this hunger to try and understand what is going to happen.
       “We were playing with different levels of darkness throughout the film,” Varese
continues. “We tried to play with as much darkness as we could while still keeping the
action clear. At the prom, we had these fantastic areas of light and beautiful colours and
rock „n‟ roll, but at the same time something horrible was happening. Our gaffer, Danny
Eckleson, invented these razor lights that deliver a slender beam of light. They cast this
glow on the actor's eyes, or on Brittany's back, but it came from somewhere that you
couldn‟t quite figure out. It enhanced the sense of mystery and fear.”
        To intensify the viewer‟s anxiety, the cameraman slowed the shutter speed of the
camera, which gave footage a slightly jittery feeling. He also switched suddenly from
wide angle to long lenses to keep the audience off-guard. “Other scenes were shot in a
traditional way, so when you get to the action scenes, the difference would just
immediately make you either afraid or relax and then we would all of a sudden jump to
another technique.”
       Varese cites another way camera techniques aided in the storytelling. “There‟s a
scene where Fenton, the killer, turns around and looks at Donna. We shot it at 120
frames, which is slow motion - four times reality. It's like he wants to freeze the moment
to see her better. And the camera zoomed in very slowly to her. It was actually a very
sweet moment.”
                          I did it for us. - Richard Fenton, Prom Night
       In casting Prom Night, the filmmakers needed to put together a microcosm of the
archetypal high school social scene, complete with Good Girl, Queen Bee, Alpha Jock,
Class Clown and more. To do so, they turned to some of Hollywood‟s most promising
and attractive new talents.
       Brittany Snow plays Donna Keppel, the object of Fenton‟s obsession. “I can‟t
think of a better personification of goodness and innocence than Brittany Snow,” says
McCormick. “I don‟t think you can care about these films unless there‟s a character that
you get invested in. You need to fear for her and care for her. I think Brittany is
someone you naturally want to protect and care for. There is something about watching
someone as beautiful as Brittany is being attacked that just makes us fear.”
      Snow began her career at the age of eight and has racked up numerous big and
small screen credits including Hairspray, in which she played Michelle Pfeiffer‟s
daughter, and the Emmy-award winning TV series “American Dreams.”
        “Before this, I underestimated the people who do thrillers and horror movies,”
says the 21-year-old actress. “I underestimated how much work it is. I feel like I really
got to be a part of something very cool. As an actor, you are constantly in a heightened
state in this kind of film,” she says. “You might have a scene where you're hysterically
crying, and then you take a break. In the next scene, you're supposed to still be crying,
but it's a week later in real time and you have to be in the same place emotionally. I
always want my work to be genuine, so that was challenging and rewarding.”
       Snow studied the psychology of stalkers and the victims of stalkers before she
started filming. “I wanted to immerse myself in things that were dark and eerie to help
me get to that fear when I needed it,” the actress says. “I also watched a lot of „To Catch
a Predator,‟ just to get into the mindset of the victim. What I learned through my
research was that a lot of crazy killers are everyday people - cops, teachers, and
astronauts - respected people. People you might meet on the street, or who live down
your block. And they have this whole secret life.”
        Idris Elba has made a name for himself in both the US and Britain, playing
hardboiled characters in films such as American Gangster and 28 Weeks Later. In
Prom Night, he is Detective Winn, the police officer who arrested Fenton three years
earlier and makes it his personal mission to protect Donna.
      “Idris is the anchor of this film,” says Gainor. “His character is a second
protagonist, the other driving force in the movie. The story is not only about Donna, it's
also Winn‟s story, because he caught Fenton and trusted the system to incarcerate him.
Instead, the system put him in an insane asylum from which he was able to escape.”
        Adds McCormick: “It was essential to feel Detective Winn is a caring person, a
person who seems good-hearted in nature. When I met Idris, I immediately got a sense
that he had the warmth and quiet strength that would bring Detective Winn to life. He
really committed himself to this role and worked very hard to make each scene personal
- this is not just about bringing a man to justice for Winn, this is about getting a second
chance to end Donna's nightmares.”
       Elba notes that, in an interesting twist, Winn is almost as obsessed with Fenton
as Fenton is with Donna. “He‟s become close to the family, having suffered the trauma
with them,” says the actor. “He wants to look after these people and this town because
he really cares for them. He takes it personally. And whether he'd like to admit it or not,
he has a relationship with Richard Fenton.”
      The actor chosen to play Fenton had to be able to walk a razor sharp line. He
needed to be believable as Donna‟s terrifying stalker, without crossing over into an
inhuman monster. “I wasn‟t looking at Fenton as the bogeyman,” says screenwriter
Cardone. “This is a guy who became obsessed, as a lot of middle-aged men do, with
that sort of female innocence that's starting to blossom into maturity. We've seen
pictures done on this subject matter before, in Lolita and other really classic scenarios.
This is a case of a man who can seem truly normal on the exterior. But like all of us, he
has that kink, that little twist in his nature.”
        “Johnathon brings a very interesting irony to the part,” says Cardone. “He is an
individual who people would be naturally drawn to, but he is driven by an obsession with
this young woman. That‟s the reason that we drifted away from the original story
structure of Prom Night. We realized that the killings that take place are not out of
anger or out of revenge. They're simply because certain people get in his way. This is a
really distorted love story.”
       Schaech, who is cast more often as a heartthrob than a villain, says he actually
liked his character when he first read the script. “You have to like somebody to play
them. But there are actually qualities to Richard Fenton that are very much like me, but
taken to the farthest degree. He‟s in love and nothing is going to stand in his way.”
       He worked closely with the director to develop the right balance for his character.
“Nelson asked me to develop him as an accessible human as opposed to a monster.
His direction made my performance better, and I think that all of the literature he had me
read prior to coming on board really helped define the character and make him more
       “Richard Fenton is very charismatic, sort of like Ted Bundy,” the actor continues.
“I read some books about Bundy, studied John Hinckley, Jr. a bit and watched a lot of
different thrillers to try to make the character a little more unique, more real, as opposed
to making him a monster.
       “Killers like Hinckley are obsessed people who may not know they are doing
anything wrong, but are actually trying to reach out,” says the actor. “That‟s why Richard
Fenton is so attractive. He comes from a place where he thinks he‟s right. He doesn‟t
think he‟s the bad guy or is doing anything bad, he just wants Donna and people are
getting in his way. He may feel a sense of remorse, but he‟s doing it because it has to
get done. He‟s madly in love.”
       Donna‟s best friend and protector Lisa is played by Dana Davis, known to
millions of fans of the hit TV series “Heroes” as Monica Dawson. “She‟s the girl
everybody wants to be,” says Davis. “She's popular. She's happy all the time. I mean, I
want to be Lisa. She has so much life and energy to her. I was a theatre nerd in high
school, so getting into Lisa mode was fun.”
         The actress believes audiences will find Prom Night’s frighteningly human villain
fascinating. “A lot of times in thrillers, the killer is like this mist. But in our movie, the
killer is right there in your face. You see him. You know his name. I think that makes it
so much creepier.”
      Donna‟s other BFF, Claire, is played by Jessica Stroup. Prom Night brings the
genre to a different level. It‟s not about slashing bodies and running around, there‟s a
method to the madness and that was the reason I really wanted to do it.”
       Stroup is no newcomer to the horror genre. In fact, she laughs, “A lot of people
have labelled me a „horror girl‟ because I‟ve done it a bit. I actually shot my first movie at
the Park Plaza Hotel (filming location for the fictional Pacific Grand Hotel, where the
prom takes place). When I showed up and walked into the ballroom, I remembered that
I had gotten strangled in the corner downstairs in my first film.”
       Donna is accompanied to the prom by her long-time boyfriend Bobby, played by
Scott Porter. A less gifted student than Donna, Bobby is headed to a state college while
Donna has received a full scholarship to an Ivy League university on the other side of
the country. Afraid that their relationship won‟t withstand a long distance romance,
Donna has second thoughts about going so far away.
       Porter, best known as star high school quarterback Jason Street in the
award-winning television series “Friday Night Lights,” says although Bobby would love
Donna to stay close to home, he realizes it wouldn‟t be fair to her. “She's kind of gotten
over the hump of her past and she's extremely intelligent and he doesn't want to hold
her back. He also believes that regardless of what happens when they go away to
college they'll always share a special bond.”
       Because of Porter‟s shooting schedule for the series, he didn‟t actually have an
opportunity to audition with Snow. “They had to kind of blindly cast me as far as the
chemistry between the two of us,” he recalls. “But the first day on set we had a pretty
intense scene and, and it was fantastic.”
       Claire‟s prom escort, Michael, is played by Kelly Blatz. “Michael is the one with
the flask,” says Blatz. “He‟s the party animal extraordinaire, the jokester. But you
wonder if all of this is a mask to cover some emotional pain. It‟s all a front for him.”
       “I was kind of like Michael in high school,” says Blatz. “I wasn‟t as much of a jerk,
but I used my humour to attract people, like Michael does. Michael is very jealous when
it comes to Claire, which is something that I went through with my girlfriend, so I knew
exactly where he was coming from.”
       Brianne Davis plays Crissy Lynn, an overachieving “mean girl” with her eye on
the Prom Queen tiara. “Crissy is very type A,” according to Davis. “She wants to be the
best. That's her whole goal in life.
       “The movie is very character driven, which I really like,” she adds. “You'll get to
know the characters a lot. And probably with each person, you'll find a little of yourself in
       Crissy is always surrounded by her girlfriends Taylor and April. Rachael Specter
plays Taylor, who she says is a typical high school student who just enjoys fitting in with
the popular crowd. “What's scariest about this movie is that we‟re in a place where we
feel completely safe. And you would never suspect anything or worry about anything at
         Jana Kramer, who plays April, says that audiences will get a “killer rush” from the
film. “It's a really cool concept. They're going to be so scared. I like scary movies. They
freak me out and I don't go to sleep, but I like them.”
       Playing Rick Leland, the school jock and Crissy‟s boyfriend, wasn‟t much of a
stretch for him, says Kellan Lutz, who adds that he loved high school. “Rick is me in a
nutshell, with little mixes here and there. I felt so natural. I never had a role before
where I could pretty much play myself and just add little things.”
       He says that Prom Night is the kind of movie he loves to see on a date. “I don't
get too scared myself, 'cause you know, I'm a man and what not. But I like taking girls to
the movie and when they jump up, I can put my arm around them and it's cool.”
         Lisa‟s prom date Ronnie Heflin, played by Collins Pennie, is the life of the party,
says the actor. “He‟s the glue that holds all of the friends together. He‟s fun, he loves
life, loves his friends, and loves to be around them. And he‟s very much in love with his
girl, Lisa.”

       Prom stories
      The stars of Prom Night shared their own memories of the quintessentially
American rite of passage that signifies the end of high school life and the beginning of
       BRITTANY SNOW - “I went to the prom on TV in the 60s in „American Dreams,‟
but I never went to a prom in real life. I was working the day of my high school prom.
They tried to work it out with my production schedule but the way it worked out, I could
either go to the prom, or go to my graduation party with my ten best girlfriends and all of
our families. I thought it was more important for me to have this party with my girlfriends
and have the inside jokes and the slide show and all of our families would get to be
there. Everyone said our party was better than the prom, so I feel like I made the right
        JOHNATHON SCHAECH - “At the end of the evening, I remember being in a
hotel parking lot when a group of kids approached us. Seeing that we were coming from
the prom, one kid pulled a shotgun out. But I looked at one of the guys and remembered
him from playing little league football. He remembered me too, and he told his buddies
to let us go and we survived to graduate. Tough town.”
       SCOTT PORTER - “I went to six proms. Three were at my own school. In my
sophomore year, I went with a senior, and then I had my own junior prom and then my
own senior prom. I had to go to one at another school as a favour to my mom, whose
co-worker had a daughter who needed a date. And then I had two other friends from
other schools who invited me to theirs, so I had my share of proms.”
       DANA DAVIS - “I was super serious and didn‟t like the whole prom thing, so
junior year I worked up a great lie if any guy asked me to the prom, and I managed to
dodge the prom bullet that year. But my senior year, this guy asked me in January! So I
hadn‟t worked up my lie yet. And so he asked me to go and I was like „Oh, um, I don‟t
have, oh, okay.‟ And so I ended up going with him and he won Prom King and was the
superstar all night, signing autographs and taking pictures with the Prom Queen. I just
sat there by myself, lonely and depressed, thinking „wow, great prom...exciting.‟”
        COLLINS PENNIE - “I never got to go to the prom, which is something I
regretted later on. What attracted me to this movie had a great deal to do with the fact
that I didn‟t get to go to my own prom. So I was like „Wow, by doing this movie, I get to
experience what I didn‟t get to experience in high school.‟ Nelson gave me the best
advice, he said „Just relax and have fun. This is your senior prom many years in the
        JESSICA STROUP - “I went to three proms. I was that girl who loved prom. I‟m a
Southern girl. I grew up in North Carolina, and I went to prom in once in junior year and
twice in senior year. In my high school that was the only dance we had, so everything
was built up into the prom and it was glorious! We started planning the summer before. I
would travel to every single store, trying to find a dress. You‟d walk in and see other
girls, months before, doing the exact same thing. It was all about never seeing a replica
of your dress!
       “In this movie, we all wear our hair down and it‟s very natural. Where I‟m from, it‟s
poofed and pulled and teased. I had mine flicked back in the tightest something-or-other
bun, I don‟t know! It took hours to get ready! I would start getting ready at around six
o‟clock in the morning and just go all day, getting primped and ready. All for a few hours
of the actual prom! I had so much fun!”
        KELLY BLATZ - “My prom was exactly how it is in this movie. We had the big
screen and the setup was just like it is in the film. I went with my girlfriend, so I didn‟t
have to do anything outrageous to ask anyone, which took a lot of pressure off me since
that‟s probably the most stressful part for the guy. I remember we went to some park to
take a thousand pictures with our parents and then we went to dinner, and then the
prom. Afterwards, we went to a hotel where we all got a huge suite on the beach and it‟s
all kind of blurry from there...”

       About the cast
       Brittany Snow (Donna Keppel) is one of the brightest and most engaging acting
talents to emerge in recent years. Brittany recently starred in New Line Cinema‟s
Hairspray, playing Amber Von Tussle, the daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer‟s character,
Velma Von Tussle. Snow recently wrapped production as the title role in the
independent film Finding Amanda, opposite Matthew Broderick. Snow also wrapped
shooting the Tony Kaye film Black Water Transit.
      Snow was seen in the FOX movie John Tucker Must Die in her first lead film role.
She made her big-screen debut in the box-office hit The Pacifier for Disney starring
opposite Vin Diesel. Brittany had a recurring role as Matt‟s neo-Nazi girlfriend on FX‟s
“Nip/Tuck” as well.
       A native of Tampa, Florida, Brittany began her acting career appearing in and
lending her voice to numerous national commercials. She also starred in theatre
performances including the national tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
       Snow made the transition to television when she landed a starring role on the
long-running daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Brittany would commute on the weekends
from Florida to New York City where the show was taped. Additional television credits
include: “Safe Harbour,” “Sea Quest DSV,” and the pilot “Murphy‟s Dozen.” Her next
project was the NBC series “American Dreams.” Snow played Meg Pryor, a teen in the
60‟s struggling to find balance between her family‟s strict upbringing and her own
desires as a young woman.
       Scott Porter (Bobby) currently stars on NBC‟s critically acclaimed series “Friday
Night Lights.” He plays Jason Street, a former star high school quarterback who is
confined to a wheel chair after a tragic football accident leaves him paralysed.
       Porter just completed shooting the live-action Speed Racer, opposite Emile
Hirsch and Matthew Fox and directed by the Wachowski Brothers for a summer release
from Warner Bros. He made his feature film debut as Colin Thompson in the 2007
Warner Bros. Picture Music & Lyrics with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, and
followed with a role in the independent feature Descent, opposite Rosario Dawson.
      On stage, Porter has starred in two off-Broadway productions: “Alter Boyz” as
Matthew (Drama League Ensemble Cast nominee) and the award-winning “Toxic
Audio” (Drama Desk Award, Most Unique Theatrical Experience.)
        Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he attended high school in Florida. Porter currently
splits his time between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, where “Friday Night Lights” is
shot on location.
      Jessica Stroup (Claire) left her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina and
headed for Los Angeles where she hasn‟t stopped working as an actress ever since.
Her feature credits include The Hills Have Eyes II, Broken with Heather Graham, and
This Christmas. Jessica just finished shooting a lead role opposite Mischa Barton in
       Jessica's television film credits include the Fox pilot “Southern Comfort” starring
Madeleine Stowe and Eric Roberts and the CBS movie “Vampire Bats” with Lucy
Lawless and Timothy Bottoms. She has also guest starred on such popular television
series as “October Road” and “Grey's Anatomy.” Jessica also plays a recurring role on
the CW‟s “Reaper” as „Cady‟ and will next be seen guest starring in HBO‟s new show
“True Blood.”
       Dana Davis (Lisa Hines) may be best known for her portrayal of Monica
Dawson in the second season of NBC‟s Emmy-nominated series “Heroes,” playing a
young hurricane Katrina survivor who, after losing her mother in the storm, discovers
she has the supernatural ability to mimic any action she sees. Be it complicated martial
arts skills, climbing walls and buildings or weapon skills that might take others decades
to perfect, Davis‟ character masters these skills at a glance. She also graced the big
screen alongside Hillary Duff in New Line‟s Raise Your Voice and Paramount/MTV
Films‟ “Coach Carter” alongside Samuel L Jackson.
      On television, Davis starred as Felicia Jones in ABC‟s series “The Nine.” She has
also appeared in substantial guest star roles on critically acclaimed hit series such as
"CSI: Miami," "Cold Case," "Gilmore Girls," and in a recurring role on "Boston Public" as
Marie Ronning. Other television credits include recurring roles on "The OC," "Point
Pleasant" and "Veronica Mars," plus guest star roles on "Malcolm in the Middle" and
"Joan of Arcadia."
        Davis' talents extend far beyond the screen. She is a classically trained
musician whose talents are oftentimes showcased in her work as an actor. She has
spent the past 10 years perfecting her skills as a violist and has previously sung in the
children's choir as backup for Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack, and with Barbra
Streisand in her "Timeless Tour" in Los Angeles.
       With a heart for charity and children, Davis also volunteers with Empowering
Lives International ( a non-profit organization working among the
impoverished in East Africa to provide training, resources and encouragement to help
break the cycle of poverty and help people realize their importance in the eyes of God.
       She was raised in Davenport, Iowa, and it was there she discovered her passion
for theatre and acting. Her theatre credits include Neil Simon's "Fools," "The Miracle
Worker," and dozens of roles in various musicals.
      Collins Pennie (Ronnie Heflin) grew up in “the „Hood.” Despite its many
disadvantages, every so often you hear a success story that lifts and inspires. Collins
Pennie is one of those stories.
       Born in Brooklyn, NY, June 20th 1985, Collins spent half of his childhood in
numerous foster homes only to move out on his own at the tender age of 15. Collins
was an ordinary kid who quickly realized that he wanted more out of life than what the
Brooklyn projects had to offer. Armed with acting, singing and dance gifts Collins was
able to leave a world where drugs and violence prevailed and find a new home in the
world of entertainment.
       Collins‟ undeniable talent and determination made the major industry power
players take notice. After only four months in the business, Collins landed his first role
playing Sean on the hit daytime drama “As the World Turns.” Just two months later
Collins landed a guest-starring role playing Jimmy Gordon on the hit show “Law &
Order.” A role playing a drug addicted thief on “Without a Trace” soon followed.
      His Television work quickly caught the attention of the world-renowned Ford
Model Management, who signed Collins. Soon after, he was chosen to be a part of the
successful “ck One” fragrance campaign for Calvin Klein.
       He now has three films under his belt: All Fall Down, a Showtime Network short
directed by David Koepp, God‟s Forgotten House, and the Oscar nominated film Half
       Kelly Blatz (Michael) has appeared in the feature films The Oakley Seven and
Simon Says. He has also been featured on Nickelodeon‟s hit series “Zoey 101.”
Upcoming projects include the title role in “Aaron Stone” for the Disney Channel and the
lead in the independent film From Within.
        James Ransone (Detective Nash) recently wrapped shooting in Africa the lead
in the HBO miniseries “Generation Kill,” based on the book by Evan Wright. James was
last seen in the Universal feature Inside Man, from director Spike Lee opposite Denzel
Washington and Clive Owen, and is remembered for his tour de force performance in
the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire.” He also had memorable roles in Larry
Clark's Ken Park, and John Waters' A Dirty Shame.
      Brianne Davis (Crissy Lynn) has a number of films to her credit including The
Haunting of Marsten Manor, Something‟s Wrong in Kansas, Swedish Auto, The Kid & I,
Jarhead, Crash Landing, Promtoversy and House of Grimm. She has also appeared on
various television shows and episodes including “Entourage,” “Veronica Mars,” “CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation,” “Nip/Tuck,” and “Dawson‟s Creek.”
        Johnathon Schaech (Richard Fenton) started his acting career with the lead
role in Franco Zeffirelli's The Sparrow. He went on to play the title characters in Houdini
and Judas and starred in such films as Hush, The Forsaken, The Doom Generation,
Finding Graceland, and Tom Hanks‟ That Thing You Do, to name a few.
      He is currently in theatres with two award-winning indies, Little Chenier and Sea
of Dreams, and will be in Screen Gems' Quarantine and Poker Club, both to be
released later in the year.
         Johnathon and his writing partner Richard Chizmar wrote for Showtime's
“Masters of Horror” series last year, and are currently writing for NBC's new series “Fear
Itself.” Chizmar and Schaech also penned the screenplay for Stephen King's From a
Buick 8, which is currently in production.
       Idris Elba (Detective Winn) may be best known as the charismatic, calculating
leader of a Baltimore drug empire in HBO‟s highly acclaimed original series “The Wire.”
His other work for HBO includes the telefilm “Sometimes in April.” Elba‟s feature film
credits include The Gospel, Daddy‟s Little Girls, The Reaping, 28 Weeks Later,
American Gangster and This Christmas. Elba has completed production on the Warner
Bros. Pictures crime thriller Rock „n Rolla for director Guy Ritchie, and Jada Pinkett
Smith‟s directorial debut Human Contract, and is about to start filming the thriller
Obsessed, for Screen Gems.
      At 19, Elba landed the lead parts in several plays performed on London‟s Theatre
scene, gaining rave reviews for his performances. By the age of 24, Elba was a
mainstay on British television and starring in some of the BBC‟s best-rated shows:
“Dangerfield,” “Bramwell” and “Ultraviolet.” His work in European film found him
opposite the legendary Catherine Deneuve in Belle Maman.
        Despite the steady success that Elba was experiencing, he began to feel
constricted by the breadth of roles he was getting in the UK and felt that there were
more abundant opportunities to explore in America. In 2000, “Ultraviolet” was purchased
by Fox Television to be adapted for the United States. Although the pilot was not put on
the fall calendar, it offered Elba the big break into the American marketplace that he
was looking for. In New York, he starred in Sir Peter Hall‟s off-Broadway production of
“Troilus and Cressida,” considered one of Shakespeare‟s more complicated plays. Elba
received rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles. Shortly thereafter, he landed a part
on Dick Wolf‟s acclaimed television series “Law & Order.”

      About the filmmakers
       Nelson McCormick (Director) makes his feature film directorial debut with Prom
Night. McCormick‟s work in television includes “CSI, “Prison Break, “Alias,” “Nip/Tuck,”
“ER,” “Cold Case,” “House,” and “The West Wing.”
      McCormick‟s filmmaking career began as a combat cameraman documenting
breaking stories from air-to-air combat to humanitarian relief for which he was twice
decorated with Air Force commendations. McCormick then won critical acclaim for his
work in commercials directing spots for Nike, Airwalk, Rock the Vote and Masterlock. In
2005, McCormick served as Co-Executive Producer/Director on the critically acclaimed
FX war drama, “Over There.”
       JS Cardone (Screenplay by/Executive Producer) is a screenwriter, director
and producer with an impressive list of feature film credits that includes The Covenant,
Wicked Little Things, 8mm2, The Marksman, Sniper 2 & 3, Mummy an‟ the Armadillo,
Alien Hunter, True Blue, The Forsaken, Outside Ozona, Exit in Red, Black Day Blue
Night, Shadowhunter, A Climate for Killing, Vampires: the Turning, The Slayer, Crash
and Burn, Shadowzone and Thunder Alley. Cardone‟s next projects are Burn in Heaven
and Strange Fruit.
       Neal H Moritz (Producer) is one of the most prolific producers working in
Hollywood today, with a wide range of film and television projects to his credit. Founder
of Original Film, a feature film and television company, Moritz most recently produced
the thriller Vantage Point, starring Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, Matthew Fox and Forest
Whitaker. He is currently in post-production on the romantic comedy Made of Honour,
starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, due for release in early 2008, and
just began shooting the fourth instalment of the Fast and Furious series this month.
        Most recently Moritz produced this past summer‟s successful comedy Evan
Almighty, starring Steve Carrell and Morgan Freeman. Other recent credits include
Click, starring Adam Sandler, Gridiron Gang, starring Dwayne „The Rock,‟ Johnson, and
the action-packed Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. For television, he is an executive
producer on the acclaimed drama series Prison Break.
       After establishing Original Film in 1997, the company‟s first self-financed feature
was the hit Cruel Intentions, a modern take on the classic novel, Dangerous Liaisons,
starring Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe. This teen drama
grossed over $75 million in box office sales in 1999, and today is considered a cult
classic amongst those that came of age at the time of its release.
       Moritz then went on to produce The Skulls, which marked one of five
collaborations with director Rob Cohen. The two have also teamed on the blockbusters
The Fast and the Furious and xXx, both starring Vin Diesel; Stealth, starring Jamie Foxx
and Jessica Biel; and the HBO movie “The Rat Pack,” which earned 11 Emmy
      With 34 movies to his credit, Moritz‟s successes include romantic comedy Sweet
Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey, The Fast and
Furious series, and SWAT, starring Samuel L Jackson and Colin Farrell. Comfortable in
any genre, from comedy, horror, action or drama, Moritz is also responsible for the
popular I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, and xXx, all of which
spurred successful sequels.
      Other films Moritz has produced include the Denzel Washington thriller, Out of
Time, Saving Silverman with Jack Black, Torque, a motorcycle action movie starring Ice
Cube, Blue Streak with Martin Lawrence, and Volcano. Moritz has made a number of
teen films, including the college comedy Slackers, starring Jason Schwartzman, The
Glass House, and Not Another Teen Movie, a spoof of the very teen-film genre that he
helped create. His first produced major feature film was Juice, starring Omar Epps & the
late Tupac Shakur, in 1992.
      A graduate of UCLA with a degree in Economics, Moritz went on to get a
graduate degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the
University of Southern California.
       Toby Jaffe (Producer) joined Original Film in late 2005. Previously, he spent
three years at MGM Studios as Executive Vice President, Production. During his tenure
at MGM, he supervised the development, budgeting, and production of numerous films
including hits The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin; Walking Tall, starring Dwayne
“The Rock” Johnson; and Michael Bay‟s remake of The Amityville Horror, starring Ryan
       Jaffe began his entertainment career as a talent agent at The Leading Artists
Agency. After the company merged to become United Talent Agency, he advanced to
head up the motion picture literary department and represented writers, producers and
directors, among them Barry Sonnenfeld, Curtis Hanson, Rob Cohen, Boaz Yakin,
Chuck Russell and Joss Whedon. In that capacity, he was also responsible for bringing
together many of the creative and financial elements that led to the success of such
films as Twins, Point Break, Class Action, The Rookie and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
       Next, Jaffe served as President of Production for The IndieProd Company, a joint
venture between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Japan Satellite Broadcasting. There,
he worked with such talent as Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Kenneth Branagh
and Sam Raimi while supervising such films as The Quick and the Dead (on which he
also served as Executive Producer), Mary Shelley‟s Frankenstein and Universal Soldier.
        Before joining MGM, Jaffe ran his own independent production company. There,
he collaborated with some of Hollywood‟s most celebrated talents, including Mark
Wahlberg, Angelina Jolie, and Martin Lawrence, on such recognized films as Rock Star,
Life or Something like It and the hit comedy Blue Streak.
      Glenn S Gainor (Executive Producer) holds the title of Production Executive for
Screen Gems and serves as head of its physical production. Prior to his post at Screen
Gems, Gainor executive produced the comedy Strange Wilderness for Adam Sandler‟s
Happy Madison Productions, released through Paramount Pictures.
       In addition to Prom Night, Gainor has Executive Produced a number of films for
the studio including Quarantine, a realistically captured thriller about a news reporter
(Jennifer Carpenter) trapped in a quarantined building and Vacancy, starring Luke
Wilson and Kate Beckinsale. Other Executive Producing credits include Grandma‟s Boy,
starring Allen Covert, Doris Roberts and Shirley Jones, Deuce Bigalow: European
Gigolo, Starship Troopers 2, Who‟s Your Daddy?, and the thriller Skeletons in the
Closet with Treat Williams and Linda Hamilton. He co-executive produced Sonny,
starring James Franco, Brenda Blethyn, Mena Suvari and Harry Dean Stanton and
directed by Nicolas Cage.
      He served as line producer on A Rumour of Angels, starring Vanessa Redgrave,
Ray Liotta and Catherine McCormick, as well as the critically acclaimed Panic, directed
by Henry Bromell and starring William H Macy, Neve Campbell, Tracey Ullman, Donald
Sutherland and John Ritter. Gainor co-produced George Hickenlooper‟s The Man From
Elysian Fields, starring Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger and James Coburn as well as Happy,
Texas, starring Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn, Ally Walker and William H Macy.
       Gainor has also produced for the stage, teaming with Ovation Award winning
director Andy Fickman for the musical Sneaux.
      A graduate of the film program at California State University at Northridge,
Gainor launched his career in the film industry when he wrote, produced and acted in an
independent pilot. After an offer to write for an ABC series, Gainor turned his attention
to producing with the Independent Film Channel‟s One Clean Move featuring Harry
Hamlin and Gary Busey.
        Marc Forby (Executive Producer) previously worked on such feature films as
29 Palms, Protection, Cruel & Unusual, Second Skin, Teacher‟s Pet, Dearly Devoted,
The Fall, and Hidden Agenda. He also worked on TV movies including “Zebra Lounge”
and “It Came from the Sky.”
       Bruce Mellon (Executive Producer) previously worked on such feature films as
Cruel Intentions, The Skulls, and Cruel Intentions 2. He also worked on the TV movie
“The Last Ride.”
        William A Tyrer and Chris J Ball (Executive Producers), are the co-founders
and principals of Newmarket Films, one of the pre-eminent independent production and
distribution companies operating in the entertainment industry. Ball and Tyrer have
executive produced, under their Newmarket Films banner, more than 20 theatrical films
including such titles as The Prestige, Cruel Intentions, The Mexican, Donnie, and
Memento. Newmarket Films has theatrically distributed such box office successes as
The Passion of the Christ, Whale Rider, Monster, Downfall, and Memento. Newmarket‟s
library of films now encompasses nearly 300 titles.
       Checco Varese, AMC (Director of Photography) won the 2006 Silver Condor
Award for Best Cinematography at the Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards for
his work on The Aura (El Aura). He also won the Best Cinematography award at the
New York Independent Film and Video Festival for Night at the Golden Eagle. Varese
recently shot Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna).
       Varese was born in Peru and began as a cameraman working for all the major
news networks. Specializing in areas of conflict, Varese travelled to and filmed in some
of the most dangerous places in the world. He has shot numerous films, television
shows and commercials. His TV experience includes “The Unit,” “Emily‟s Reasons Why
Not,” “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” “Global Frequency,” “A Separate Piece,”
“Comfort And Joy,” “Fidel” and “Primal Force.” Varese served as cinematographer on
music videos for artists such as The Game, Dave Matthews Band, Duran Duran, Prince
and many more.
     Jon Gary Steele (Production Designer) served as production designer for
Vacancy, Cruel Intentions, American History X, Lonely Hearts, When a Stranger Calls,
The Dukes of Hazzard, Beauty Shop, Employee of the Month, Mozart and the Whale,
The Onion Movie, Straight Up, Hot Zone, The Sweetest Thing, The Glass House, One
Night at McCool‟s, Dead Connection, Little Sister, When the Party‟s Over and The
       Jason Ballantine (Editor) Nominated for an ASE Award for Caterpillar Wish, an
AFI and FCCA Award for Wolf Creek, Jason is currently editing John Soto and Jeff
Gerritsen's thriller Crush.
      He recently completed the Dimension Films creature feature Rogue - directed by
Greg McLean.
      As 1st Assistant Editor and Visual Effects Editor, Jason worked alongside many
noteworthy Directors and Editors on films such as Babe and Pig In The City, Dark City,
MI2, Moulin Rouge, Hearts in Atlantis, The Quiet American and Star Wars Episode 2
and Episode 3 in a career spanning 14 years.
        Paul Haslinger (Music By) Austrian-born Paul Haslinger has secured a
distinctive reputation for composing film scores which incorporate both robust classical
elements and compelling electronica. Formally trained in his hometown of Linz, he
continued his classical studies while exploring the new domain of electronic music.
Auditions for the band Tangerine Dream led to a five-year collaboration, four albums,
and several films, including Miracle Mile, Near Dark, and Canyon Dreams.
       Haslinger released three solo albums and scored two landmark animated
science-fiction films, Planetary Traveller and Infinity‟s Child. He continued honing his
skills as the programmer for Graeme Revell, supplying memorable textures and
atmospheric style to Blow, The Negotiator, The Siege, Pitch Black, and Tomb Raider.
Haslinger earned his first solo credit as a film composer for the 2000 movie Cheaters,
directed by John Stockwell. Since then, he has worked on Stockwell‟s Crazy/Beautiful,
Blue Crush, and Into the Blue.
       2002 found Haslinger composing and producing musical segments for the thriller
Minority Report and in 2003, Haslinger scored Underworld. In recent years, Haslinger‟s
score for the Ubisoft/Xbox release “Far Cry: Instincts” was enthusiastically received by
the gaming community; while his work on the Golden Globe nominated series “Sleeper
Cell” (Showtime) received wide critical acclaim for its integration of Western and Middle
Eastern music elements. He also worked on Turistas for John Stockwell and the
upcoming The Fifth Commandment for Rick Yune.
       Greg Danylyshyn and Gerry Cueller (Music Supervision by) own and operate
the music supervision and marketing company GoBig! Entertainment. For six years,
they‟ve been working on feature films, TV shows, video games, action sports
programming, CD releases and any other medium that requires good music. Credits
include feature films Big Stan, Waitress, Hostel, London, and American Son. TV credits
include MTV shows “Viva La Bam,” “Homewrecker,” “Living Lahaina,” and “Maui Fever.”
Gobig! Entertainment also handles music for Vans, Tony Hawk, Bam Margera, Volcom,
Teva, and Thule.
       Lindsey Hayes Kroeger and David Rapaport (Casting by) joined forces to
create Kroeger/Rapaport Casting in the spring of 2005 and have enjoyed great success
as a casting team. Their credits range from big budget studio films such as Vacancy
starring Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale and Armoured starring Matt Dillon and
Laurence Fishburne, to smaller, independent character-driven pieces like the award
winning Fix starring Olivia Wilde. Television credits include the pilot for the breakout hit
"Gossip Girl" on The CW, and the series "Masters of Horror" on Showtime and "Fear
Itself" airing on NBC this summer. Their eye for young talent lead them to cast the latest
instalment of the hugely successful Final Destination franchise in addition to Prom Night
and The Shortcut, the first teen horror film from Adam Sandler's "Scary Madison"
      Both David and Lindsey began their casting careers doing local casting in Boston
and San Francisco, respectively and upon moving to Los Angeles worked under Mali
Finn. While at Mali Finn Casting they worked on over 50 films (including The Matrix
Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Wonder Boys, 8 Mile, Running with Scissors, and
North Country). David and Lindsey are both members of The Casting Society of

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