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The Prowler [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Farley Granger, Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Cindy Weintraub
  • Directors: Joseph Zito
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Release Date: July 27 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003JFCG82
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,754 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Format: DVD
When I learned of another horror film boasting special effects work from Tom Savini, I knew I had to see it as quickly as possible. Fortunately, Blue Underground gave the film, 1981's "The Prowler," their usual careful and comprehensive treatment. Founded by veteran horror director William Lusting ("Maniac," "Uncle Sam," and "Maniac Cop"), Blue Underground makes it their mission in life to dig up obscurities and re-release them uncut and with loads of extras. Perhaps my memory is deceiving me at the moment, but I have yet to see a DVD from this company that fails to provide a spectacular presentation. The movies themselves might be mediocre, as is the case with "The Prowler" in certain aspects, but for horror film fans the company has been a godsend. While I am slowly working my way through their back catalog, I look forward to future DVDs from Blue Underground.
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.
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To say THE PROWLER is any kind of great film is simply untrue. However, the whole thing has an eerie, unsettling, dream-like quality to it that carries it through the slower patches and makes the film's near-total lack of coherency and logic much easier to take. The tension is kept taught throughout, and with top-notch scoring, photography, gore effects and direction, makes for a surprisingly effective and repeatable horror film. Just make sure you watch it in the dead of night! The Blue Underground DVD has a fine anamorphic transfer that is as good as the original negatives will allow, some fascinating on-set footage of the make-up effects, an impressive stills and poster gallery that is definitely worth ploughing through and a superb, hugely entertaining commentary with director Joseph Zito and make-up maestro Tom Savini. Very much recommended.
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As a long time fan of slasher films, I have been disappointed with the Friday the 13th series and the Nightmare on Elm street series and not to mention the Halloween series. The more sequels there are, the more outragous the storylines. Its a insult to the viewers intelligence. The Prowler, is straight and to the point...to the point of a large pitchfork that is. This movie is what a true fan of horror/slasher films is looking for. The murder scenes are very elaborate and very creative. With special effects by the master Tom Savini (creepshow, Friday the 13th) its a rollercoaster ride of who done its.
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** Contains Minor Spoilers **

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.
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If you're making a list of must-see 80s slashers, The Prowler should definitely be one of them. Yeah, the plot isn't all that great, the pace of the movie drags in places, and several questions ultimately go unanswered - but I was genuinely surprised at the identity of the killer (who is pretty intimidating in his killing garb), the lead actress is fairly cute, and - as is always important for us gorehounds - I was absolutely delighted at the spectacle of blood and gore on display. The filmmakers really let makeup/special effects genius Tom Savini go hog wild. Where other slasher movies give you a quick cut shot of a knife slicing a neck open or a pitchfork going all the way through a body, The Prowler lingers deliciously on such gruesome sights. You get to see that last little convulsion as he raises a skewered body up, with the tines of the pitchfork scraping against the tile; you watch him working his knife back and forth as if he has trouble removing it from his victim's neck - it's these little details that show you just how much Savini cares about his gruesome craft. Admittedly, one death is wholly and patently fake, but you still have to appreciate the effort and intent of the shot.

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.
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