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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.

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Release Date:
6 November 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It will freeze your blood. See more »
Plot:
An unknown killer, clad in 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:

Ralph Garman ... 1945 Party Extra (uncredited)
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 
 
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)
 
Location Management
Edward Crocitto .... location manager
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager
 
Music Department
Aaron Alexander's Orchestra .... music performer: period dance music
Steven Bock .... musician: band member, Nowhere Fast
John Christian .... musician: band member, Nowhere Fast
Richard Colligan .... musician: band member, Nowhere Fast
Richard Einhorn .... music arranger
Nowhere Fast .... composer: original rock music
Nowhere Fast .... music performers: original rock music
Barry Harris .... music recording engineer
Matthew Iddings .... musician: band member, Nowhere Fast
James McCurry .... music recording engineer
Peter Schubert .... conductor
Dan Singer .... music consultant: period dance music
 
Other crew
Sissy Boyd .... choreographer
Stepping Out Dance Couples .... dance sequence
Marie Hersch .... title consultant
Jack Muth .... stock footage consultant
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:
"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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R18+ (heavily cut) | Australia:RC (original rating) | Australia:R18+ (DVD re-rating) (2008) (uncut) | Australia:X18+ (1984) | 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:
According to the audio commentary, AVCO Embassy pictures made an offer of $750,000 for distribution rights to the film ("The Prowler" cost $1 million to produce). Director Joseph Zito states that the producer declined the offer and decided to self-distribute the film himself. A decision that Zito believes hurt the films box office.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hard WaySee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Grisly effects lift an otherwise average chiller, 16 December 1998
Author: Warren Hawkes from Melbourne, Australia

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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