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The Prowler (1981)

Vicky Dawson , Christopher Goutman , Joseph Zito  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney, Farley Granger, Cindy Weintraub
  • Directors: Joseph Zito
  • Writers: Eric Lewald, Glenn Leopold, Mark Edward Edens, Michael Edens, Neal Barbera
  • Producers: David Streit
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096I9V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,338 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Prowler" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Tom Savini's Behind-The-Scenes Gore Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery

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Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Farley Granger. Thirty years after the gruesome killing of a young girl and her date at a graduation dance, the dance is finally allowed to take place again. But something unwelcome returns on that fateful night once again to claim students as its bloody victims. 1981/color/89 min/R/widescreen.

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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Often Overlooked, But Once Seen...Not Forgotten November 15, 2004
Format:DVD
There was always something about "The Prowler" that made it stand out among the other 80's slashers. It's a fun and scary movie that features some of F/X maestro Tom Savini's most gruesome work. The small town setting, the sprawling mansion and dorm, the innovative backstory all create a great atmosphere. The actual menacing figure of the Prowler himself is just down right creepy, and the unique kills involving a pitchfork, a bayonette and other sharp instruments will keep horror fans happy. The DVD treatment is fantastic, and I really enjoyed Tom Savini's behind the scenes look at some of the great effects. If you are a fan of the horror genre then this movie is a must see. The only two drawbacks to the film; the Prowler looks menacing, but he doesn't instill that sense of dread Jason or Michael posess. And the musical score is kind of flat, not really helping to build suspense, just a trilling violin that kind of gets in the way. But those two minor complaints shouldn't keep you from enjoying a great old-school slasher. And by the way....why do so many people who have reviewed this movie feel the need to give away the entire story? I mean if you are not sure what "The Prowler" is about...just look at the DVD cover art....there aren't too many folks out there that will think this is a romantic comedy!! If you aren't familiar with this movie, don't read further reviews some of which contain quite a few spoilers!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ferociously Violent Slasher Film July 20, 2003
Format:DVD
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. Like THE BURNING and MY BLOODY VALENTINE, THE PROWLER tells an undeniably cliche ridden tale but compensates with memorable characters, decent production values, a surprisingly effective musical score and, of course, some of the most inventive and grotesquely realistic murder sequences in the genre. In fact, this may very well be the most violent movie of its ilk ever made. Despite its ferocious gore, this film somehow managed to get an uncensored theatrical release (with an obviously bogus "R" rating).
While there are no real surprises on hand for the horror aficionado, THE PROWLER is so slickly filmed by real craftsmen that it naturally has instant appeal as one of the only competently directed and watchable movies of its kind. If there is such a thing as a "classic" slasher, THE PROWLER is surely one.
The Blue Underground DVD is a highly recommended purchase for fans of this terrific little gorefest. The film is presented in widescreen format (1.85:1) in a nice, colorful transfer, looking much better than it ever has before. Disc extras include trailers, a poster/stills gallery and a fun but brief behind-the-scenes videotaped look at Tom Savini's awesome makeup effects. Best bonus of all is an occasionally raucous audio commentary by Savini and director Joseph Zito, in which the two apparent friends share informative and entertaining tidbits about the film's often chaotic production.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosemary's Killer February 24, 2003
Format:DVD
In Australia and the United Kingdom too I think, this movie is called Rosemary's Killer. In America it is ofcourse called the Prowler. I personally like the title Rosemary's Killer better. I just bought an ex rental of the movie and unfortunately is not the best of copies but it is better than nothing. I can't say what the DVD is like because I haven't seen it, but I have seen the movie. I recommend it a lot. It is one of the best horror films out there. It was made when horror films were in their prime. Back in the early eighties when they were turning them out like sausages.
The story is about a young woman who is dating a GI and she writes him a letter ending their relationship. The soldier returns home from World War II and he finds his girlfriend and her new lover in a gazebo and impales them on a pitchfork.
Jump to 35 years into the future and a graduation day is coming up.For some reason this triggers Rosemary's Killer into action again and more murders occur. The killer sticks a knife through the top of a man's head, pitchforks another in a shower, almost severs the head of a girl in a pool. The special effects are great, I would go so far as to say they are the best. They are created by Tom Savini who is much better at horror effects than he is at acting.
Just before the murders occur the sheriff tells his deputy that he is going on a fishing trip.Then the murders start occuring. The only person that could have been old enough in the picture to have done the murders of Rosemary and her new boyfriend was one man.Once you got that down the identity of the killer is pretty obvious although I will say when I found out it did shock me even though it should've been obvious to me. I must have been caught up in the movie.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, unusual slasher gets A-grade DVD treatment September 30, 2003
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good gory 80's fun!
Published 21 hours ago by Lester James Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars "I wouldn't want you to strain your eyes twice in one day."
Dear John, I have needs and you're not here....................
It's 1944, there's a graduation ball and a lovely couple in a gazebo pitching woo when some yahoo decides to... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you!
Fast delivery and perfect dvd.
Published 15 days ago by H Douglas Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another classic
Published 24 days ago by Michael Buttram
4.0 out of 5 stars A lesser-known slasher film that was the ultra-violent movie of its...
This lesser-known slasher film was the ultra-violent movie of its time, brandishing more gore and "visible" kills than others of its era. Read more
Published 26 days ago by John's Horror Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars A brutal, savage slasher film, one of the best!
Another slasher movie from 1981, I know what you're thinking "*groan* Another film about a masked killer & a scantily clad female heroine. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dan the monster movie fan
5.0 out of 5 stars 80'S CLASSIC SLASHER GORE AT IT'S FINEST!! IN THE HELM OF FRIDAY THE...
80'S CLASSIC SLASHER GORE AT IT'S FINEST!! IN THE HELM OF FRIDAY THE 13TH THIS SLASHER FLICK IS SURE TO MAKE YOU CRINGE WITH THE FANTASTIC TOM SAVINI EFFECTS! PITCHFORK ANYONE???
Published 1 month ago by Glenn R. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
FANTASTIC
Published 2 months ago by MR JAMES GREAVES
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best slashers.
Published 2 months ago by Hector Jair Hernandez Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Slasher
Highly recommend this 80s slasher gem. Decent suspense and good kill scenes. A great traditional slasher movie.
Published 2 months ago by Philip
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