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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)
 
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
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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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:
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 »
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:
Mark London:[Mark and Pam are at the darkened and empty police station discussing their next move] I want to check out the dorm again.
Pam MacDonald:[referring to the Prowler] You really think he might still be there.
Mark London:Right now, that's all we have to do on.
Pat Kingsley:[they attempt to leave but are stopped when a drunk Kingsley walks in] Well... looke here.
[referring to the sheriff]
Pat Kingsley:George left you in charge here! Can't you keep those damn kids under control?
Mark London:What're you doing here, Kingsley?
Pat Kingsley:It's... that damn graduation thing. We haven't had any trouble in that cottage for more than 30 years... now somebody has to start that damn thing over again.
Pam MacDonald:What do you mean?
Pat Kingsley:There's a bunch of kids over there in the cemetary... I know what they're doing in there.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Demon Queen (1987) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
View Through a TearSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
S10 Reviews: The Prowler (1981), 4 July 2005
Author: suspiria10 from The Void

Rosemary sends a "Dear John" letter to her boyfriend while he is serving in WWII then is mysteriously slaughtered with her new beau at a graduation dance. Flash-forward to 1981 and the current class of graduating collegiates are throwing the first dance in many moons and a killer pops up looking like a storntrooper from hell and dropping roses everywhere. 80's slashing is in the house.

This rather predictable and slow slasher is saved by the gore set-pieces by effects maestro Tom Savini. That really is the only saving grace and highlight of "Prowler". Everything else on display is a bit bland and rather standard.

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