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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 party goers.
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 »
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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Wrongfully overlooked and underrated early 80's slasher 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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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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Director Joseph Zito once told a guard at a movie theater where the film was being screened, that he was the director of this film. To this the guard responded, "You really DID kill those people, right?".See more »
Quotes:
The Prowler:[synthesized] i want you to be my date, Rose.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
View Through a TearSee more »

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What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Wrongfully overlooked and underrated early 80's slasher, 28 February 2006
Author: (Vomitron_G) from the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids

THE PROWLER maybe isn't a milestone in the slasher-genre, nor is it innovating in any way, but it certainly is one of the better teen-slasher-movies of the 80's. It has what it takes: Tension, a high body count, gore, nudity and a decent (though not really original) story. I'd say it even is almost on par with Friday THE 13TH PART I. Almost, I say, because Friday THE 13TH had an original twist in the end. In the case of THE PROWLER you'll probably guess the identity of the killer way before the final 'unmasking'-scene.

The plot is straightforward and easy to follow (like almost every slasher-flick). The prologue is a bit strange (black & white documentary footage of soldiers coming home from the World War II), but it's necessary to provide the killer's background-story. The first killing takes place in 1945 during a homecoming-party. It appears the killer had personal motives. He was never caught. Then, almost 40 years later, a new town's party is being organized and the killer picks up his old habits (and weapons).

On the bright site, THE PROWLER has a lot of killings, and therefore lots of bloodshed. All the make-up & blood-effects are masterfully executed by Tom Savini (with the ultimate high-light being an exploding-head shot). The killer is pretty creepy with his military outfit (including a German-like war-helmet) and uses various weapons (a pitchfork, a big army-knife, a shotgun,...). The fact that he doesn't speak one word during his attacks adds to the scariness. What also raises THE PROWLER to an effective and above-average slasher-level, is Joseph Zito's directing, the acting and the over-all atmosphere. Thankfully this movie doesn't include teenagers playing stupid jokes on each-other, a phenomenon slasher-movies too often suffer from. At a few moments Joseph Zito's directing even reaches levels of tension like in Carpenter's HALLOWEEN (no, it's not as good as HALLOWEEN but it has its moments). It's also nice to see that when leading girl Vicky Dawnson for the first time sees the masked killer, she doesn't ask obvious things like "Who are you? What are you doing here?". No, see looks at him, and when the killer stares back at her, silent and motionless, she immediately senses the danger and starts running. Further more, there are at least two jump-scenes that really work (always a good thing in a horror movie, but you might wanna turn up the volume) and I thought the roses were a nice touch.

It was also a nice surprise to see a slasher-movie that knows the rules of the genre and dares to break a few too (you figure out which ones yourself). I applaud Joseph Zito and Tom Savini for a job well done, and I feel sad about the fact that THE PROWLER seems to be a bit under-appreciated. So, come on all you slasher-fans, seek out this movie and boost its rating here on IMDb to a higher level.

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