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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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6 November 1981 (USA) See more »
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It will freeze your blood. See more »
Plot:
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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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)
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"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:
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 »
Quotes:
Carl:Aren't you going to invite me in?
Sherry:How about you take off your clothes?
Carl:Start your stopwatch, coach.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A slasher that delivers, 25 February 2008
Author: acidburn-10 from United Kingdom

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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