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The Prowler (1981)

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A masked killer, wearing 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vicky Dawson ...
Christopher Goutman ...
Cindy Weintraub ...
Lisa Dunsheath ...
David Sederholm ...
Bill Nunnery ...
Hotel Clerk
Thom Bray ...
Diane Rode ...
Bryan Englund ...
Donna Davis ...
Carleton Carpenter ...
1945 M.C
Joy Glaccum ...
Timothy Wahrer ...


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 <>

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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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This film was the reason that director Joseph Zito was later selected to direct Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984). See more »


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 »


Pat Kingsley: Anything else for you today?
Sheriff George Fraser: Uh yeah just some deodorant.
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S10 Reviews: The Prowler (1981)
4 July 2005 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

Rosemary sends a "Dear John" letter to her boyfriend while he is serving in WWII then is mysteriously slaughtered with her new beau at a graduation dance. Flash-forward to 1981 and the current class of graduating collegiates are throwing the first dance in many moons and a killer pops up looking like a storntrooper from hell and dropping roses everywhere. 80's slashing is in the house.

This rather predictable and slow slasher is saved by the gore set-pieces by effects maestro Tom Savini. That really is the only saving grace and highlight of "Prowler". Everything else on display is a bit bland and rather standard.

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