Prom Night III may have been an average film, not as clever or funny as it thought it was, but at least it was clear that the producers had a good time making it. There’s no such vibe here, with this third sequel coming across a cheap cash-in (or possibly a rough adaptation of an unrelated screenplay).
There’s little to connect Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil to rest of the series – a brief flashback that coincides with Prom Night II’s flashback, a “toast to Jamie Lee-Curtis” – but unlike the earlier change in tone which provided the opportunity to explore nightmarish supernatural imagery, here we get to …spend a bunch of time in darkened churches. While the finale occurs on prom night, it’s spent at an abandoned monastery (now a holiday home) while a deranged priest stalks the teenagers within.
The film seems like it wants to be kind of sexy in a sleazy way, but despite some attractive actors, the ‘90s aesthetic and ridiculous soundtrack ensures that laughable rather than erotic. There’s little to recommend here: the story is wafer-thin, and the attempts at being “scary” boil down to little more than clichéd POV shots with heavy breathing.