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The Prowler [Blu-ray]
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If you think you're safe...you're DEAD wrong!
Avalon Bay, 1945: On the night of her graduation dance, young Rosemary and her date are brutally murdered by a prowler thought to be a jilted soldier home from the war. The killer was never found. Thirty years later, the dance is held again for the first time since that horrific evening - but something else may have also returned...Tonight, the teens of this sleepy town will meet their grisly ends at the hands - and pitchfork, blade and more - of THE PROWLER!
Also known as ROSEMARY'S KILLER, this gruesome shocker is one of the cruelest "body-count" movies of the 1980s, thanks to razor-sharp direction by Joseph Zito (FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER) and graphic gore effects by Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD, MANIAC). Hollywood legends Farley Granger (STRANGERS ON A TRAIN) and Lawrence Tierney (RESERVOIR DOGS) star in this rarely-seen sleeper from the golden age of slasher films - now presented completely uncut and uncensored in grisly High Definition!
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Directed by Joseph Zito ("Missing in Action," Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter"), "The Prowler" meanders through territory instantly familiar to fans of slasher films released in the early 1980s. The folks of some small town out in the sticks abandoned their annual dance after a psychotic soldier went on a bloody rampage back in the 1940s. Turns out that his sweetheart sent him one of those obnoxious 'Dear John' letters and the guy flipped. He returned home, suited up in his army gear (uniform, mask, helmet, bayonet, and even though I never realized it was standard issue, a pitchfork), and proceeded to wreak bloody havoc on his ex-lover and her newly acquired boyfriend.Read more ›
A group of students are ruthlessly murdered by a grudge holding killer dressed as a soldier and armed with every sharp object he can get his vindictive little hands on. The charming prologue set in the mid 40's, hints of revenge after a WWII soldier receives a break up letter from his sweetheart named Rosemary. During her graduation dance, she, along with her new beau, are savagely murdered by what appears to be an angry soldier wielding a pitchfork.
This slick little chiller is better than your average slasher film thanks to several tension filled moments, great atmosphere and of course Savini's great gore effects. The body count here is not as high as you might expect. It definitely isn't greater to other genre films like "Friday the 13th" (and it's gazillion sequels), "My Bloody Valentine" etc however the murder sequences, in some instances are a bit more explicit as they are elaborately played out in front of our curious eyes. There are many gory highlights that showcase Tom Savini's great gore and make-up effects. Some are quite nauseating. Where the film falls short is with some of the performances. This should be expected since mediocre performances permeate slashers of the time period. The pacing also could have used a bit of work. Although the film starts off great and the first half hour is tension filled with some messy demises, viewers may loose interest half way through as it slows down quite a bit and the characters are not interesting enough to keep us interested.
If you can get past the negatives, "The Prowler" is still a pretty decent chiller. Savini's gore effects reign supreme here and fans of the genre should not be disappointed.Read more ›
The story begins in 1945, when a young woman and her beau are ruthlessly murdered on the night of the big college graduation dance; while their killer was never caught, it is made quite obvious that the murderer was the young woman's former boyfriend, to whom she had sent a Dear John letter while he was still fighting overseas. 35 years later, the college prepares for the first graduation dance since that awful night.Read more ›
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The Prowler has become one my favorite films. There is some bashing of this one, but I really don't get it. I love everything about this movie. Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by Mike Golen
I don't think even Tom Savini's impressively gory make-up effects (seen uncut on this DVD edition, which for some I imagine is a plus) saved this movie. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Kenji Fujishima
It's not scary. It's not interesting. There is only one good aspect of this movie and that is the superb effects by Tom Savini. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by stu
The moral? Don't dump your boyfriend while he's overseas fighting the Germans. Well that's just what Rose does and now we got a bloodbath on our hands. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Stanley Runk
Joseph Zito's relentlessly cruel THE PROWLER is one of the very few memorable films to have emerged from the vast wasteland of 80's era slasher cycle crud. Read morePublished on July 20 2003 by cameron-vale
This forgotten gem of a slasher movie is the R-rated version.
Several years ago, I rented The Prowler UNRATED version from a
mom and pop store in Van Nuys, Ca. Read more
iF you think youre safe youre dead wrong! Awesome slasher flick. What more can you ask for Savini's effects were great in this film. Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by Mark N