Remember all the things we were told by our parents? Don't swim for an hour after eating. Don't make faces like that or it'll freeze that way. Don't take candy from strangers. Don't sit so close to the TV, you'll ruin your eyes. Don't take rides from strangers. So, how many of these are really dangerous?
The premise of Prowl has Amber (Courtney Hope - Mob Rules), who is bored with her small town life, her job as a butcher, and is being pulled to the big city life. The first step is to find a place to live, and she has one if she can make to the apartment manager, with the deposit, tomorrow. Her friends decide to give her a ride, and make a road trip of it. So Susie (Ruta Gedmintas - Miss Conception), Ray (Jamie Blackley - Myths), Peter (Joshua Bowman - 13 HRS), Eric (Oliver Hawes - film debut), and Fiona (Perdita Weeks - The Tudors) load the necessities needed to go to the big city for a day - spare clothes, smokes, music, and alcohol. As can be predicted the car breaks down as they leave town, and they accept a ride from Bernard (Bruce Payne - Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God), a semi-truck driver, who just happens to be heading to the city as well. So they load themselves into the back of the trailer, break out the party, and enjoy the ride. At least until they realize that they are in a bad part of town and Bernard isn't stopping when they ask, even with threats of the release of body fluids. When the truck is parked, the door is opened into the loading bay of an abandoned slaughterhouse. This is where anything I say now spoils the movie, so just think "not what I was expecting" and unseen twist. Enjoy.
Prowl could have been a completely different type of horror film, easily slipping into the torture porn genre. Instead this flick goes a route you don't see until it happens, and a plot twist that the clues are laid out for, but you'll think along a different plot line. Be surprised and enjoy the ride.
Commentary with Director Patrik Syversen, Writer Tim Tori, Actors Courtney Hope and Joshua Bowman
The making of Prowl
English 5.1 and 2.0 Digital Audio
English and Spanish Subtitles
Acting - A
Setting - A-
Special Effects - B+
Creep Factor - A
Tension - A
What the Heck Moments - Oh My
Overall - A+
Prowl is one of the After Dark Originals movies brought to us from After Dark Films. These are the same folks that brought us four seasons of 8 Films to Die 4 Horrorfest. After Dark Films is an indie company working in conjunction with Lions Gate and the SyFy to bring us the cutting edge horror we deserve. Prowl joins the growing ranks of the finest After Dark Films has to offer. There's good acting, unique plot, and a plot twist I didn't see coming until it happened. Don't miss this movie. You will regret it.