The Prowler (1981)

The Prowler (1981)

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  • Release Date:  1981
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Joseph Zito
  • Screenwriter:  Glenn Leopold, Neal Barbera, Sarah Higgins.
  • Cast & Crew: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney, Farley Granger, Lisa Dunsheath, David Sederholm, Bill Nunnery, Diane Rode, Bryan Englund, Carleton Carpenter, Joy Glaccum, and Timothy Wahrer.

The Prowler (1981) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7.5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.1/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4.9/10.

The Prowler (1981) Synopsis:

A disturbed killer in army fatigues from World War II stalks a group of college kids holding an annual spring dance that hasn’t been held in over 35 years, because of a double murder that was committed in 1945.

The Prowler (1981) Review:

“The Prowler” is one of the early entries in the slasher genre during the 80s and certainly one of the best ones, yet highly underrated and underappreciated. The plot is fairly similar to “My Bloody Valentine”, which was released in the same year. Though I believe that “The Prowler” is slightly better than “My Bloody Valentine”, because it has much better gore, especially since the gore effects are done by legendary special effects master Tom Savini.

The plot is very well written and fairly easy to follow, like most slashers of the 80s. The acting is quite good for a slasher considering that not many of the actors had starred in much else. The pacing is a little off in some scenes and it’s not too hard to figure out who the killer is, but other than that it is quite entertaining and a fun ride.

The gore in this movie is definitely top notch stuff and what makes this movie. Tom Savini displays some of his best work in this slasher and executes some of the best special effects that you’ll see in horror.


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