Win Cash for Prom Night

An actual picture from my prom!Remember your prom? I do. Hell, to the right you can even check out a picture from mine. We didn’t have any slashers, but there was a good chance someone was going to get shot. Ah, the good old days.

Anyway … with the upcoming Prom Night remake getting ready to hit theatres on April 11th, Sony Screen Gems and UGO are giving you a chance to take part in the fun by offering up a contest with $1,000 in spending money for an all-expense paid trip for two to Los Angeles and a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with a top film executive at Sony Screen Gems.” And all you have to do is make a short horror film! Check out the details below.

WHO: UGO Networks, Inc. and Screen Gems’ Prom Night have partnered to deliver a user-generated horror film contest for aspiring filmmakers, film hobbyists and horror fans nationwide.

WHAT: The competition, which calls for the creation and submission of short horror films between 30 seconds and 5 minutes in length, features a grand prize offering of an all-expense paid trip for two to Los Angeles where the winner will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with a top film executive at Sony Screen Gems and $1,000 in spending money. In addition, the winner and their family and friends will attend a hometown screening of Sony’s forthcoming thriller Prom Night.

All contest submissions must be prom-themed thrillers, and meet the criteria as outlined in the official rules on the contest site.

WHERE: Visit UGO to digitally submit a short film.

WHEN: Beginning January 23 through March 5, users are challenged to develop a creative horror short film that incorporates the prom into the storyline. On March 12, UGO will announce five potential finalists and give viewers the opportunity to vote for their favorites. Voting will end on April 2 and the winner will be revealed on April 3. Potential finalists and winners will be featured on the official contest Web site.


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Mike Phalin

Since 1997, Michael Patrick Phalin has been a contributing writer to various websites including Dread Central, iMockery, Bloody Disgusting and KrytenSyxx. During the early 1980s, Phalin's love of the movie industry was fueled by the VHS tapes he found during his time spent at the video rental store his mother worked at. Rather than attending a daycare regularly, young Michael would form a tower of tapes with interesting cover art and go watch each one, the very first of these being the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' From that point he was hooked on horror and the process behind creating special effects. In his twenties, Mike met Steve 'Uncle Creepy' Barton and was soon aiding the horror website Dread Central with film reviews. As the site grew in popularity, Phalin soon started writing news stories and conducting interviews on a daily basis. After a few years, he decided to take a break from writing to focus on other opportunities. After moving to a beach community with his wife Michelle, both were cast to appear in the final season of A&E's home improvement show 'Fix This Yard' in 2013. This event rekindled Mike's love of the entertainment industry. Between the time he spends being with his family, Michael continues to contribute to Dread Central both with writing and photography. In his mid-thirties, Phalin took up oil painting after being inspired by an episode of Bob Ross. Pieces of his artwork and photography can be found on his Tumblr and official website.