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The Prowler (1981)

An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

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Timothy Wahrer ...
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Storyline

The film begins with the return home of a wwII veteran who was the recipient of a "Dear John Letter". After swiftly dispatching a courting couple in a Gazebo we leap to present day where a college celebration becomes the hunting ground for a uniform clad killer. Written by Barry Wall <Barry@Mage.demon.co.uk>

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6 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Pitchfork Massacre  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Shooting the film's special makeup effects would usually take a full day for each setup. The film's entire shooting schedule was built around the filming of the effects. See more »

Goofs

The camera's shadow can be seen during the POV shot of one of the girls' getting out of the pool when encountering the killer. See more »

Quotes

Carl: Hey, who turned off the band?
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Crazy Credits

The color of the closing credits turns from blood red to yellow. See more »

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Soundtracks

View Through a Tear
Composed and Performed by 'Nowhere Fast' (uncredited)
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Grisly effects lift an otherwise average chiller
16 December 1998 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Rejected soldier reaps revenge on unfaithful sweet-heart and new partner, then returns to wreak havoc on anniversary of the killings.

The Prowler in question is suitably chilling, dressed in Army fatigues, face hidden under camouflage netting and armed to the teeth with combat knives and assorted garden tools and implements(!?!)

Plotline typical affair with obligatory death sequences for this genre, though orchestrated expertly by Special make-up effects wizard Tom Savini,(Friday the 13th, Maniac, Day of the Dead,) some subsequently cut from U.K. release. Bonuses include twist during the violent finale and 'Carrie'esque nightmare scene at the end of the movie. Also watch out for the deadpan hilarity of the fat holiday-lodge receptionist who refuses to help the desperate hero from contacting police.

All in all, an above-average stalk and slash affair.


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