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The Prowler -- At the graduation celebration held at an exclusive girl's school, a uniformed intruder commits violent acts against the partygoers. The khaki-clad maniac impales his unfortunate victims with a bayonet. This masterwork of stylish gore is one of the most be

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Release Date:
6 November 1981 (USA) See more »
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It will freeze your blood. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Possibly the greatest of the early eighties dorm slashers... See more (109 total) »

Cast

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Vicky Dawson ... Pam MacDonald
Christopher Goutman ... Mark London

Lawrence Tierney ... Maj. Chatham

Farley Granger ... Sheriff George Fraser
Cindy Weintraub ... Lisa
Lisa Dunsheath ... Sherry
David Sederholm ... Carl
Bill Nunnery ... Hotel Clerk
Thom Bray ... Ben
Diane Rode ... Sally
Bryan Englund ... Paul
Donna Davis ... Miss Allison
Carleton Carpenter ... 1945 M.C
Joy Glaccum ... Francis Rosemary Chatham
Timothy Wahrer ... Roy
John Seitz ... Pat Kingsley
Bill Hugh Collins ... Otto
Dan Lounsbery ... Turner (as Dan Lownsberry)
Douglas Stevenson ... Young Kingsley
Susan Monts ... Young Kingsley's Date
John Christian ... Rock band playing at dance
Richard Colligan ... Rock band playing at dance
Steven Bock ... Rock band playing at dance
Matthew Iddings ... Rock band playing at dance
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Giuliano ... The Prowler (uncredited)

Jonathan Sachar ... Mike (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Zito 
 
Writing credits
Glenn Leopold  and
Neal Barbera  (as Neal F. Barbera)

Eric Lewald (additional dialogue) &
Mark Edward Edens (additional dialogue) (as Mark Edens) &
Michael Edens (additional dialogue)

Sarah Higgins (writer "Rose Chatham's Letter")

Produced by
James Bochis .... executive producer
David Streit .... producer
Joseph Zito .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Einhorn 
Nowhere Fast (original rock music)
 
Cinematography by
João Fernandes  (as Raoul Lomas)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Goodman 
 
Casting by
Bill Williams 
 
Production Design by
Lorenzo Mans 
 
Art Direction by
Roberta Neiman 
 
Makeup Department
Jane Forth .... hair stylist
Jane Forth .... makeup artist
Tom Savini .... special makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Giuliano .... first assistant director
Leslie Kalfin .... additional assistant director
Forrest Murray .... second assistant director
Paul Sparks .... additional assistant director
 
Art Department
William Bilowit .... art department assistant
Susan Doukas .... art department assistant
Jan Foster .... art department assistant
Beverly Kreuger .... art department assistant
Marty Riggleman .... assistant art director
Sam Swope .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jack Cooley .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Rich .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Darryl Ferrucci .... special effects assistant
Tom Savini .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dwane Arthur .... key grip
Michael Duff .... camera operator
Raffi Ferrucci .... additional electrician
Ed Hershberger .... camera operator
William Kahane .... loader
Robert Lindsay .... additional cinematographer
Richard Magnum .... assistant cameraman
John McCally .... additional electrician
Kenneth McComiskey .... additional electrician
Forrest Murray .... camera operator
Bill O'Leary .... electrician (as William S. O'Leary)
Karl Schurman .... additional electrician
Philip Sparks .... assistant cameraman
Robert Stevers .... second electrician (as Robert A. Stevers)
Chris Stoia .... grip (as Christopher Stoia)
Frost Wilkinson .... camera operator
Frost Wilkinson .... gaffer
Bobbi Leigh Zito .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danajean Cicerchi .... costumer
Nancy Grossi .... wardrobe assistant
Linda Schultz .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Galler .... assistant editor
James H. Nau .... associate editor
Pat Swain .... apprentice editor (as Patricia Swain)
 
Music Department
Aaron Alexander's Orchestra .... composer: period dance music
Steven Bock .... musician: band member
John Christian .... musician: band member
Richard Colligan .... musician: band member
Richard Einhorn .... music arranger
Barry Harris .... music recording engineer
Matthew Iddings .... musician: band member
James McCurry .... music recording engineer
Peter Schubert .... conductor: original score
Dan Singer .... consultant: period dance
 
Other crew
Sissy Boyd .... choreographer
Edward Crocitto .... location manager
Stepping Out Dance Couples .... dance sequence
Marie Hersch .... title consultant
Jack Muth .... stock footage consultant
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager
Janine Stover .... script supervisor
Marcus Ticotin .... production assistant
Bobbi Leigh Zito .... executive assistant
 
Thanks
Philip Peyton .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Pitchfork Massacre" - USA (reissue title)
"Rosemary's Killer" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
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Runtime:
89 min | UK:87 min (cut version)
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Certification:
Australia:R (heavily cut) | Australia:R (DVD re-rating) (2008) (uncut) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | Norway:18 (uncut) (2008) | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 (heavily cut) | UK:X (cut) | USA:R (cut) | West Germany:(Banned) (1989)
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Trivia:
While working on makeup effects for Cindy Weintraub, Tom Savini accidentally dyed her skin beet red. It took three days for the dye to wear off.See more »
Quotes:
Pat Kingsley:Anything else for you today?
Sheriff George Fraser:Uh, yeah, just some deodorant.
Pat Kingsley:No sweat. Get it?
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Movie Connections:
References "Hawaii Five-O" (1968)See more »
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Disco BloodSee more »

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What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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31 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the greatest of the early eighties dorm slashers..., 13 June 2002
Author: RareSlashersReviewed from London

By far my favourite of the early eighties dorm slashers, THE PROWLER is an excellent and exciting film brought to the screen with finesse by Joseph Zito. He also directed arguably the best of the FRIDAY THE 13th sequels - The Final Chapter. He shows us his love for the hack and slash cycle here, by renewing a few scenes from two of the genre's pioneers. You've got the 'murder in the shower' fresh out of Hitchcock's renowned classic PSYCHO. Here Zito makes it a lot more brutal, with some realistic and visually stunning gore effects from horror maestro Tom Savini. And then there are various references to Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, including the assassin digging up the grave of the victim he killed some 35 years earlier. Michael Myers steals his sister Judith's headstone from her grave when he escapes from his 15 year spell in Haddonfield's asylum. But although there are brief nods to his obvious influences, Zito also manages to supply some originality and some genuinely scary sequences. Back in the day it was thought that he was going to be the next Tobe Hooper after his flawless work within the horror genre. But sadly he went on to work with more action-orientated films such as Missing in Action, Red Scorpion and Invasion USA.

The plot is believable and also extremely well written. It opens with black and white footage of GIs returning victoriously from WW2. Cut to a letter from a girl named Rosemary to an unseen receiver, stating how she 'does not want to hurt him, but could wait for him no longer...' In other words someone's been dumped and it looks as if a few people are going to have to suffer because of it! Again cut to Avalon Bay Graduation dance 1945 and we're shown the lady Rosemary for the first time with her new 'fella'. While the host merrily talks about Glenn Miller's death, Rose and her cocky boyfriend head out under the stars for a spot of good old harmless (or extremely harmful in these films!) huggin' and a kissin'! They choose a spot at the end of a brightly laminated pier and continue to smooch the night away under the stars, unaware that a somewhat unfriendly looking guy disguised in GI garb and brandishing a bowie knife is watching their every move! Suddenly the lights go out, and Rose and her partner are brought a little bit closer together...Both impaled on a pitchfork!

Skip 35 years and Avalon Bay is preparing for the first graduation dance since the fateful events that occurred before. While the young enthusiastic teens are shown getting ready to find romance at the dance, it looks as if a certain unknown someone is preparing for another bloody massacre. One girl unknowingly predicts the events that follow while she's getting dressed for the party by saying to her sulky looking friend "Hey you're not gonna mope about tonight are ya? Some of us will never see each other again..." Her remarks prove to be surprisingly accurate!

THE PROWLER is often pipped in the popularity stakes by the same year's similar slasher MY BLOODY VALENTINE. Many reviewers also find the latter to be the slightly better of the two. However I beg to differ, because even though MBV is a decent enough movie, I find this to be a scarier and for the most part more sinister attempt with a much stronger cast. Zito's spooky direction is superb and Savini's 'almost too realistic' gore touches just round it off perfectly. There are a few jumps to increase your heartbeat and I strongly wouldn't recommend any young femme fatale who's trying to grow her finger nails to watch this flick alone, because there are a couple of scenes when I guarantee you'll be biting them off!! One of my favorite ever murder scenes is also in this flick, the excellent swimming pool killing. A female teen who is bathing by herself under the moonlight paddles over to the ladder to climb out of the pool. She reaches the steps and begins to ascend them when all of a sudden she is brutally kicked in the face. She finally comes back to her senses and looks around to see who attacked her, but no one is anywhere to be seen! The silence is broken when the killer jumps out of the water behind her and gorily slices her throat in amazing detail. Watch for the blood that leaks out of her wound as her lifeless body sinks in to the murky depths of the cold water; it's Savini at his best...Excellent! The cast are also superb, which, must've helped the general production no end. Veteran actors Farley Granger and Lawrence Tierney have small roles, but the real 'round of applause' goes to fresh faced newcomers Goutman and Dawson who actually steal the show. It's only a shame they never went on to do much worth noting in the movies after this.

All in all THE PROWLER is everything a slasher should be dark, scary, gory while at the same time fun. It's incredibly underrated so I would most definitely recommend it, try and hunt down a copy if you can and I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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