15 March 2013 3:30 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

 

  With today's new installment in our slash-flashback series, we'll leave behind the summer camp slaughters of The Burning and Madman, which mainly take their cues from the Friday the 13th series, and instead visit the time-tested formula laid out by John Carpenter's Halloween: that is, the old “X years later” theme, wherein our killer, driven by obsession, revenge or supernatural forces, returns after a couple of decades to the scene of his original crime to take out his frustrations on fresh new prey (sure, that's also the motivation for Jason's mom in the original F13, but let's not nitpick). Revenge is the key to Joseph Zito's 1981 flick The Prowler, which would be a fairly mundane slasher entry if not for the excellent photography and some seriously inventive and horrific makeup effects by the great Tom Savini.     Originally titled Rosemary's Killer, the film opens – as most films of this formula do – with a flashback. »


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