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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>
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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