Choosing the best prom date is a selective business. You want to ask someone to be your date knowing that they will actually want to go with you, they have to be trustworthy and acceptable, they have to be physically appealing and presentable, they have to know how to have a good time, and it always helps if they impress your parents. While the horror genre is filled with a lot of scary and questionable characters, there are a few standout folks that would make an important high school night one to remember. Who in the genre fits the criteria as the perfect prom date?
Luckily for those of us who really love the horror genre, there are plenty of dreamy dates to choose from. There are some nights we wish would last longer. With anyone from this list of 10 Dreamy Horror Prom Dates, we would wish prom lasted forever too.
10. Ray Bronson in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
You’ll never forget your high school sweetheart and if there is anyone who drives home that simplistic longing for nostalgia, it’s Freddy Prinze Jr. (She’s All That). His character, Ray Bronson, in Jim Gillesie’s (Joyride) summer slasher, I Know What You Did Last Summer, is handsome, brooding, quiet, and dependable making him one of the best prom date candidates in horror. He’ll have no problem letting you take over the spotlight and will pretty much agree to whatever the majority of your prom group wants to do to make the night more memorable. I hear Ray even knows a thing or two about seafaring urban legends.
9. Grace Le Domas in Ready Or Not (2019)
Who doesn’t love a girl that is up for anything? Samara Weaving’s (Mayhem, Guns Akimbo) Grace Le Domas in Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s (Southbound) Ready Or Not is not only up to the challenge of a long night, but she elevates to the party’s level. She knows when to be respectful and appropriate, but is also familiar with the exciting phrase, “game on.” Prom can be a test of entertainment and endurance, both matters Grace can partake in easily. Aside from being beautiful, clever, and forgiving (to some degree), Grace is the perfect date to any party so long as you are not promising her body and soul to Satan.
8. Jesse Walsh in A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Jack Sholder’s (Alone In The Dark) sequel to the classic A Nightmare On Elm Street, sees a different male lead in Jesse Walsh. The teenager, played by Mark Patton (Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street) is friendly, kind, and just a bit shy. He’s good looking and can bust out some killer 80’s style dance moves. He can also bust out a supernatural serial killer, but we do not have to worry about that right now. Jesse would make a perfect prom date, sure to never leave your side and befriend even the most quintessential irritating member of the prom group. Plus… Jesse can pull off one hell of a party trick.
7. Derek Feldman in Scream 2 (1997)
True red-blooded hunks are not exactly a rarity in the horror genre, but not all are as valiant and genuine as Derek Feldman in Scream 2. Played by Jerry O’Connell (Satanic Panic), Derek is final girl Sidney Prescott’s new love interest that gracefully helps to pick up the pieces of the tragedy following Wes Craven’s Scream. I think Mickey says it best when he states, “He’s completely innocent and such a nice boy too. He’s bright and funny and handsome. Decent singing voice. And he was going to be a doctor. This is just the kind of boy you’d like to take home to mom“. Derek is everything you’d want in a prom partner and more. Caution: Derek might embarrassingly serenade you in front of everyone.
6. Moses in Attack The Block (2011)
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is incredibly good looking on all accounts, but it’s hard not to love his character Moses in Joe Cornish’s (Ant-Man) sci-fi thriller, Attack The Block. He may not be able to afford a limo or adorn your attire with an expensive flower, but Moses will demand respect from everyone in the room. Moses holds onto his good heart with intention despite being a little rough around the edges. If a rebellious soul lights your flame, Moses is a prom date you would never forget. Plus, Moses comes with a pretty wicked squad to back him up. No one will mess with this prom group on or off the dance floor.
5. The Girl in A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)
The Girl from Ana Lily Armipour’s (The Bad Batch) vampire spaghetti western, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, is really quiet and timid. However, when the mood is right, she packs a mysteriously sharp bite and can romance even the most uninhibited suitor on prom night. The Girl, played by the incredibly striking Shiela Vand (68 Kill) has great taste in music, a unique and eclectic look, and she knows how to keep the partying from crossing the line. Kiss her gently beneath the disco ball, but beware the fangs. Just don’t be surprised if she shows up in her black cape over a sparkly gown.
4. Molly in Idle Hands (1999)
There is the girl next door and then there is Molly in Rodman Flender’s (Leprechaun 2) black comedy, Idle Hands. Molly, played by Jessica Alba (Sin City) is not only a dream to look at, but possesses a dreamy, creative mind. She is funny, artistic and outgoing with a mod sense of humor and style. If you are looking for a date to prom that will keep you on your toes and take you by the hand, Molly is the perfect choice. If you play your cards right, she might even write some killer lyrics about you. Molly is the kind of girl you give up heaven for and is definitely the one you ask to prom.
3. The Sons Of Ipswich (any of them) in The Covenant (2006)
Taylor Kitch (Friday Night Lights), Steven Straight (10,000 BC), Chase Crawford (Gossip Girl), and Toby Hemingway (The Girl In The Photographs): What more can someone want in a prom date? Aside from being completely superficial in your choosing, the Sons Of Ipswich in Renny Harlan’s testosterone-fueled witch tale, are strong, charming, and affluential members of their spooky Massachusetts society. Any of the guys in The Covenant will protect you through prom night and will enchant their way to your heart using hardly any of their powers. I would through Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) in there too, except he might be the kind of guy that starts a fight in the gym.
2. Sidney Prescott in Scream (1996)
Personable, simple, and tough. Sidney Prescott might be the reinvention of the final girl in Wes Craven’s (A Nightmare On Elm Street) meta-horror, Scream, but she would also make for a lovely prom date. Neve Campbell’s (Wild Things) volatile look oozes glamour and strength. Sidney does not worry over trivial things like popularity or being the life of the party, so as a prom date she would be ideal company. Sidney knows how to throw a punch and is sure to be the last one standing, whether that involves too much dancing and necking or a full-blown massacre. Being Sidney’s date does come with a pretty heavy caution: you might be the first victim on the list or you could be the one writing it.
1. Ash Williams in The Evil Dead (1981)
Handsome and one-liners come together in groovy synchronicity when it comes to Ash Williams in Sam Raimi’s gorefest flick, The Evil Dead (and the subsequent sequel, Evil Dead 2, as well as Army Of Darkness). Ash is a brave stud that is capable of saving the world from even the most gruesome of opponents, so he is sure to make a killer prom king. Cavalier and chivalrous, Ash would more than likely be named Prom King and he would wear the crown gladly while fighting off any accidental demons summoned by silly teenagers. Hail to the King, baby.
As you can see, the horror genre is a bevy of dreamy prom dates. Horror boasts a pretty impressive lineup of villains, monsters, and creatures, but where there is darkness, there is light. Offsetting the horror, these characters bring light and positivity to the table, making them perfect choices for a night under the stars. Sure, some of them may be haunted by the undead or the product of traumatic murder sprees, some are not even necessarily survivors, but they are all date-worthy candidates. Many of them will tell you though, nothing lasts forever. Not even prom. Thank goodness.
Which of these dreamy horror prom dates is your favorite? Who would you ask to the big dance? Who would be the best Prom King and Prom Queen? Let us know your thoughts over on Twitter, Reddit, or in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!