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Prowler, The (1981)
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by Charles Tatum

"The Howler"
1 stars

Let us take a minute and review the standard plot of this standard 1980's horror film.

First, in flashback, a horrific murder happens. Then, fast forward to the then present-day, and the reopening of a closed dance/school/prom night, etc, where the first murder took place.

Throw in a few red herring suspects, like the school janitor in the basement, or the crazy old man who bags groceries at the supermarket. Introduce one virginal girl with boyfriend trouble, and a bunch of her oversexed horny friends. As horny friends get killed, have virgin and new boyfriend run from masked killer. Killer does not kill boyfriend, and town weirdo kills killer...or so we think. Have killer come back to life, then get killed by virgin. Put virgin in final scene as dead come back to life and grab her, then realize it was only a dream/hallucination. There, now you have "The Prowler."

While Tom Savini's makeup effects are on display here, this is still such a clicheed film even his big bag of gore cannot save a lousy script. I had the killer figured out as soon as he was introduced (here's a hint, the killer is the only cast member old enough to have committed the first murder), so I had to sit back and watch the blood flow.

Big deal, the killer uses a pitchfork. I guess a concealed weapons charge is out of the question, those are so hard to hide in your pocket.

"The Prowler" is just lousy film making that only has a reputation because of Savini's makeup effects. Gore does not equal scares, and neither does "The Prowler."

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User Comments

4/02/17 Mark Louis Baumgart Plot? What plot? Classic gorey slasher from the 80's. 4 stars
7/10/13 belial1134 A classic 80s slasher - glad to see it has been remade (yet) 5 stars
4/29/11 mr.mike Yes the killer was obvious , other than that damn good slasher flick. 4 stars
2/09/11 Moose Rapper The gore is good, but it's slower than an elderly driver 2 stars
11/05/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Great gore, but what a weak, half-finished script. 3 stars
12/04/08 Shaun Wallner Very Boring! 1 stars
1/19/08 action movie fan people here are right-could have been good-good gore-weak script 3 stars
11/25/07 art yet another friday the 13th clone 2 stars
10/13/05 Darren O Pounds out every slasher cliche in the book, though occasionally suspenseful and good gore. 3 stars
9/21/05 VMANIC1 Not any worse than the suspense-horror flix of today. 4 stars
7/06/04 American Slasher Goddess Passable slasher with great gore. 3 stars
9/12/03 Jozef Ridilla When I saw this film for the first time (I was 15), Ive almost died in front of the video. 5 stars
8/21/03 prince6 tom savini rocks! 5 stars
7/06/03 Chainsaw Slasher It did have its boring points, but the realistic gore from Savini made up for it, Awesome 5 stars
1/03/03 Charles Tatum Awful, Tom Savini effects or not 1 stars
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