Welcome to Will Mom Like This? an exploration into the trials and tribulations of sharing your favorite scary movies with family. Sharing movies with loved ones is a beautiful thing. As beautiful as it is, I think we have all experienced moments so uncomfortable you wish the couch would swallow you whole. In this new monthly column, I’m going to try and help you avoid that as much as possible. My hope is that this will work as a sort of guide for you to know when you should excuse yourself to refill the popcorn bowl and avoid the wrath of a disgruntled or disgusted parent. Be warned, we will be discussing a lot of plot spoilers but only so we don’t spoil a perfectly good evening with your folks. 

Today we’ll be talking about the 1987 masterpiece Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987) directed by Bruce Pittman. I like to affectionately refer to it as the perfect movie to watch when you want to watch Carrie (1976) but you’re feeling a bit more X-treme. It’s my favorite kind of sequel, in that it originally had nothing to do with Prom Night (1980). Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II is wildly entertaining, with just the right amount of gore and it showcases heartfelt but horribly misguided performances with teens in dubious circumstances. I couldn’t think of a better person to share it with than my mother.

 

 

Blood, Guts & Jump Scares

It’s important to note that this movie begins with a teen girl, Mary Lou (Lisa Schrage), being set alight by her boyfriend at her senior prom. My mother did not care for this. She was very distressed by the fact that Mary Lou did not stop drop and roll, and also the fact that no one tried to put her out with the numerous tablecloths lying around (her complaints, not mine). I think it was less the general concept of the act itself, and more the execution of it. Basically, her face gets real melty and the skin just sort of slides off her face. She also looks directly at the camera with a horrifying expression which is something my mom historically does not like. Big thumbs down to that one.

Similarly, at the end of the movie, our main character Vicki (Wendy Lyon) who has been possessed by the spirit of Mary Lou goes through a horrific, and also pretty melty, transformation into what appears to be the actual corpse of Mary Lou herself. This scene is completely nuts and I adore it, but as for my mom, it turned her stomach a bit too much.

Something that I share with my mother is that we are both very affected by jump scares. We scream, make a scene, and ruin everybody else’s good time. If you or your parental units have similar concerns, I would actually say that this movie is pretty safe. There were a few light jumps, but really no traumatizing offenders.


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Sexual Encounters

This movie is unbelievably horny, something worth noting if you’re watching this movie with Mom or a mom-like figure. I typically find myself mostly unphased by overtly sexual things going on in the movies I watch with my parents. We usually make some kind of joke and execute a series of bits until the scene is over.  However, I do have to say that Vicki asking the priest to fuck her hit in such a way that I felt truly uncomfortable. My pits got sweaty and my mouth dried up and I had a brief moment of seriously reconsidering embarking on this endeavor with my mom.

The list of other horny moments in this movie is extensive, so I’m going to log some of the greatest hits here so you can properly prepare. First up, we’ve got a pervy teacher that comes out of absolutely nowhere, causing a severe moment of outrage between my mother and me. It’s the craziest thing, he’s in a scene before this one where he is totally normal and, you know, a teacher, but then all of a sudden this scene comes along and he’s out of control! He kind of just rests his entire hand on her ass in full view of all the other students in an incredibly abrupt character turn. He gets his in the end though. In general, my mom and I both thought that there was way too much groping of Vicki, and we did not enjoy watching that together.

 

“There’s so many things in this movie I don’t need to see […] They should all be ashamed of themselves” -Mom

 

As you may expect, there are some teen sex scenes that take place in this movie, and honestly, I was bracing myself for something much worse. They’re over so fast that there wasn’t enough time for us to get uncomfortable, thankfully, although the dialogue nearly takes it over the edge. I will point out that at one point, there is an on-screen BJ that provoked my mom to declare, “There’s so many things in this movie I don’t need to see” followed by, “They should all be ashamed of themselves“.

I have to say, the worst offender in this category is, without a doubt, a lengthy make-out session between Vicki and her father. If we want to get into technicalities, it is the spirit of Mary Lou inside of Vicki’s body swapping spit with Vicki’s dad, but the fact of the matter is that Vicki’s dad is way too into it. He makes absolutely no move to stop what’s happening and when Vicki’s mom walks in, she berates Vicki for being a harlot which is a whole other issue entirely. The word my mom used to describe this scene was “ohmygrossness” and I have to say I agree. Not the most comfortable watch with a parent, I will admit.

 

 

Nudity

The nudity in this movie warrants its own heading. Not because there’s a lot of it, in fact there is only one scene of full-on nudity, but good god it is some PROLONGED full frontal. Vicki, fully possessed by Mary Lou, murders her friend Monica (Beverley Hendry) in the girls’ locker room and is entirely nude the whole time, because why not.

Without me asking what she thought, my mom shared that “her nudity is disturbing me”. She slipped into formalities she was so uncomfortable! She just really wanted Vicki to put a towel on or something. I honestly didn’t feel that weird about it, but maybe that’s because I got distracted by the conversation I launched into about creative pubic hair grooming. Now that I’m reflecting on it….it’s possible that I made it worse than it needed to be.


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Miscellaneous Advisories

Now, I was able to boil down the things that upset my mother the most in this movie into the categories listed above, but there are plenty of other moments that made my Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II watch party with mom uncomfortable, including:

  • Demonic rocking horse with a VERY wet tongue: “That’s a bit much”
  • Creepy Priest
  • High Schoolers played by actors that are far too old
  • High Schoolers putting too much sugar in their coffee
  • Horrible 80’s fashion: “The outfits are the scariest thing”
  • Breakfast scene in which there is an absurd amount of milk left out on the table

 

 

But Did Mom Like It?

So, the time came to ask “Mom, did you like that?” Her answer: “In a strange way, yes”. She told me that she had fun, but judging from her tone, I don’t think she was the biggest fan. Overall, she said she was “exhausted” by the movie. Based on a grading scale of my own devising (that’s by no means objective) I give Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II 3/5 Moms – Would Recommend. It is 100% worth the ride, but you’ll have to gauge your own relationship with your parent to determine if your experience will be net positive like mine was with my mom.

Something else to consider is that while sitting down to write this article I asked my mom if she had any last thoughts she wanted the world to know, to which she responded, “I kinda forgot it. I think you had to be there in the moment“. So, while I may never forget what it felt like to be there in the moment with Mom, it seems like maybe it wasn’t as traumatizing for her as I might have anticipated. The amount of discomfort experienced didn’t outweigh the enjoyment I received while subjecting my mom to this movie and, we’ll all just have to assume she wasn’t being polite when she said she “liked” it.

 

“While I may never forget what it felt like to be there in the moment with Mom […] we’ll all just have to assume she wasn’t being polite when she said she ‘liked’ it.”

 

Have you ever been brave enough to watch Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II with your mom? What’s your favorite memory of watching uncomfortable movies with mom? Let us know what scary movie have you always wanted to watch with your parents over on Twitter, in the Nightmare on Film Street Subreddit. and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club. We’ll do our best to give you a heads up of everything you’ll want to avoid, but don’t blame us if they disown you!

 

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