After Dark Originals: Prowl [DVD]
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The most debilitating aspect of PROWL is the overly chaotic camera work which makes it almost impossible to figure out what's going on. And it's flat, abrupt finale is disappointing. The acting is acceptable but no one stands out.
While better than some direct to DVD films, I had hoped PROWL would equal the excellence of HUSK but no such luck. Let's hope future ADO's are stronger.
the use of very shaky camera shots and flashes of scenes so you really can't see the effect during a death scene made me wonder what they were trying so hard to hide.
Yes ,I understand the newer fast moving creature aspect of some of today's films although the ones I have seen have allowed me to see it clearly enough to make out what's going on and what they look like.
This is not a body count movie,it becomes something more and it has a twist of course which most people will see coming well before you are suppose to to get the reveal.
It was fairly clever but not really that fresh.
What I did see of the creatures was pretty good,they looked somewhat like the Vampires in 30 days of night.
There is some seemingly unnecessary build up in the beginning but it all played out well.
Some people might love it,some just think it ok.
The gore factor was about a 6 out of 10..Like I stated earlier, most of the best death scenes aren't viewable and some are off camera.but the last 20 minutes are pretty interesting and fast paced.Some of the scenarios during the film while watching I was thinking GTF outta here,this is ridiculous all made sense in the end.
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.Read more ›
Here's a trope I just adore: I call it The Blood Queen. A beautiful young girl runs a gauntlet of horror movie Hell and comes out soaked in blood. Think Frontier(s). Think Inside. There are all sorts of variations, such as the wonderful Livide, or The Loved Ones where it's a Blood Prince, Xavier Samuel's Brent with his girlishly long and precious pretty hair.
Here it's Courtney Hope as Amber, a girl suffering, it seems, from a bout of the old anhedonia, loss of pleasure, specifically pleasure in food. She blames the environment, the tiny Midwestern town of Famville where she's spent her whole life.
One night her alcoholic mother let's slip that Amber was adopted, and maybe that's the last straw; Amber finally takes action, makes a plan to escape. Get's a bunch of friends: a nerd (Oliver Hawes), a hunk (Joshua Bowman), a pretty boy (Jamie Blackly), a hippie girl (Perdita Weeks), a sexy, independent girl (Ruta Gedmintas), and determined little Amber. She's on some sort of time limit, see, has to make Chicago in about 24 hours. So when the car, driven by the crush-having nerd Eric, breaks down, they all decide to take a reluctantly offered ride from friendly old truck driver Bernard (Bruce Payne, having lots of fun). Pretty soon it becomes apparent that this was a mistake all will live to regret, most of them not for very long, because when they arrive at their destination, and old abandoned slaughterhouse, they are immediately MASSACRED BY BLOODTHIRSTY VAMPIRES!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHGGGGHHHHH!!!!!
What I'm saying is, don't take this one too seriously. It's just dark, teenagery fun!
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Just got movie great quality for being part of the originals movies thank you!!!!Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this movie. It was an interesting twist. Although i would have liked a sequel as more could be done with this story :)Published 10 months ago by naomi price
the plot and movie are interesting except for the ending it had no closurePublished 20 months ago by AMAZON_FAN#1
I wanted to see this movie pretty bad for awhile and I was extremely disappointed. Horrible seriously. I couldnt belive how stuoid the endingPublished on April 5, 2014 by George Unwin
Low budget vampire flick with lots of eye candy and a seemingly incoherent story line. Courtney Hope's performance of Amber is inspired, but it isn't enough to carry a sloppy story... Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Wise Guy
I have no knowledge of the budget or intent of this film, but was not impressed by all the crazy-scary music and creepy attacks. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Mrs. Stehel
Amber dreams of escaping her small town existence and persuades her friends to accompany her to find an apartment in the big city. when their transportion breaks down. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by dale l naylor