Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Prowler (1981)

Director: Joseph Zito

Starring: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney, Farley Granger, Cindy Weintraub, Lisa Dunsheath, David Sederholm, Bill Nunnery, Thom Bray, Diane Rode

More info: IMDb

Tagline: It will freeze your blood.

Plot: A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

#242 on Drive-In Delirium Volume 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

The film starts out at a college dance in 1945 and it's fantastic, something very different for a slasher movie.  But that prologue only lasts a few minutes.  About halfway into the picture, once it's well established that there's a killer on the loose, it gets rather dull.  Neither the (very nice) nudity or great gore effects (by Tom Savini) can save it, either.  It's things like taking forever to search a house for the killer that really, well, kill it for me.  The identity of the killer was pretty cool but even at an hour an a half there's not much that could save this picture except some tightening up with the pacing in the second half. 

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