Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)

Unrelated to the original, this supernatural sequel is a pleasant surprise. Lead Wendy Lyon is an unusual but effective horror heroine in the lead role, while co-lead Michael Ironside does some impressive dramatic work in what could easily have been a throwaway role in the hands of a lesser actor. In addition, many of the scary scenes distinctly recall some of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Carrie,” which is a nice touch. Mind you it’s not high art and there are definitely some clunky moments here and there, but there’s just something so entertaining and impressively sinister that it’s hard not to root for it to go the distance. In a small role as Jess, actress Beth Gondek manages to make an impression.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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