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The Prowler by Joseph Zito

  • Oct 14, 2003
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Nothing says doom and gloom like a good old 1980’s slasher flick and The Prowler is one of the slashiest by far. Wasn’t particularly impressed with the movie as a whole but the ‘special’ effects were decent, for their type. In fact, during several scenes I thought, man he is actually putting that blade through that girls neck, it looked that real. But that pretty much sums up the fine points of the feature.

I never quite got the location of the story, the students acted like it was their junior/senior prom but the girls lived in a dormitory, which leads me to believe that they were supposed to be older. The females in the movie acted a bit older, in fact several of them were kinda trampy, but the males acted like they were 16 and out on their first date and swilling their first brew. In fact, in the special feature section of the DVD, scene selections, this is brought forward with the title, ‘Worshiping at the porcelain throne’. Guess that says it all …..

The movie reminds you of several other slash & dash types, spurned lover seeking revenge almost like an urban legend thing. They don’t state whether this happens on a regular basis or if this is an isolated incident and for some reason the ‘Prowler’ stuck his evil head up at this time. In fact, the entire movie is rather ambiguous with regard to plot and rather depends on the gore factor to keep you interested. I didn’t find it interesting and in fact laughed through a good deal of the movie.

While I found some of Savini’s effects detailed I just didn’t get enough from the movie to recommend it even to a gore lover. I spent some time rewatching it with the commentary by Zito & Savini in play but found that rather boring as was the ‘behind the scenes gore footage’ with Tom Savini. There is also a poster/still gallery on the extra features, why they put these on I have no idea.

This movie was directed by Joseph Zito and written by Neal Barbera & Glenn Leopold. It starred Vicky Dawson as Pam MacDonald, the blonde survivor that just ‘kept missing’ getting killed by the bad guy. Her boyfriend was an unbelievable Deputy Sheriff Mark London, played by Christopher Goutman, who just seemed out of place in the entire movie. I mean, who takes his date along when he is investigating a murder?

It also stars Lawrence Tierney as Maj. Chatham, the town peeping tom per se, and Farley Granger as Sheriff George Fraser in another unremarkable performance.

The Prowler was also released under the names The Graduation and Rosemary’s Killer in 1981. One nakkid scene, in the shower, with a killing involved. The major tool used in this movie was a pitchfork but I don’t know why that weapon was selected. No awards for this baby. A disappointment.



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October 08, 2011
Hi, Susi...I see you review horror movies too
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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 beloved cult slashers of the 1980's, and features a strong performance by famed actor Farley Granger, whose performance in Hitchcock's STRANGERS IN A TRAIN proved him to be a compelling horror actor.
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Director: Joseph Zito
Release Date: 1981
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Image Entertainment, Inc. (September 03, 2002)
Runtime: 1hr 28min
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