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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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Cindy Weintraub ...
Lisa Dunsheath ...
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Bill Nunnery ...
Hotel Clerk
Thom Bray ...
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Diane Rode ...
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Carleton Carpenter ...
1945 M.C
Joy Glaccum ...
Timothy Wahrer ...
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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>

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6 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Pitchfork Massacre  »

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The Colonial Hotel on Ocean St. (now The Inn of Cape May) has always been painted white from top to bottom, and was decorated with crepe streamers for the prom scenes. It rained during filming, and the colors of the crepe streamers ran, staining the white paint. After filming was completed, the building had to be re-painted wherever they had used the streamers. See more »

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Sheriff George Fraser: [talking on the phone] Damn right it's my fishing trip. And if you bother me about anything, Bill, I'll kick your ass across the state line, okay?
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A slasher that delivers
25 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Rosemary's Killer (aka The Prowler) has a central theme similar to the same year's My Blood Valentine - a killer who's psychosis is re-triggered by the reawakening of a long dead tradition, in both cases a dance. The Prowler is not a great little slasher flick, there are a few redeeming features; highish production values, some suspenseful chase sequences, gruesomely effective gore effects courtesy of Tom Savini. The film tries to set itself up as a bit of a mystery and much is made of the snooping couple looking for clues, I factor that I always finds interesting in these movies, the killer's identity is a surprise, It could have been anyone.

A prime example of the slasher genre that gleefully touches all the familiar bases before sliding home (home being an exploding head courtesy of living legend Tom Savini). The bloodbath begins at a graduation party, when a returning G.I. responds to a Dear John letter with a firmly inserted pitchfork through it's author and her new beau. Rather than focusing on capturing the crazed madman with the pointy tool, the town of Avalon Bay decides graduation dances are the problem and bans them indefinitely. This policy works well for 36 years. Then in 1981, having never seen My Bloody Valentine or even Footloose for that matter, the town makes the sudden decision to throw another party. The resulting mayhem is an atmospheric and deliciously gory jolter that, like it's lead heroine, stumbles a bit, but ultimately gets the job done.

All in all The Prowler is definitely up there as one of the best 80's Slasher definitely worth seeing.


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