The Prowler tells the story of a mysterious killer who brutally murders a couple at a graduation ceremony in the town of Avalon Bay in 1945. Fast forward to the 80s and another graduation later and the murders begin to mysteriously reappear again.
The films two main characters – a young policeman and a sorority student get thrust into the nightmare in the films early stages, leading to a mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the films explosive finale.
The setting of the campus and the graduation ceremony prove for a fun side story that gives way to your typical 80s style of bitching, rock music, douchery and throwing up in the toilet.
The Prowler is a tour de force of blood, guts and general mayhem that plays in a similar vein to the ultraviolent Spanish slasher “Pieces”.
The killer is really the main star, inventive, menacing and great to look at. A masked World War 2 Veteran; he carries a pitchfork, knife and other intriguing weaponry. The kills are extreme and for the time (1981) very controversial.
The gruesome effects are brought to glorious life by old school latex wizard Tom Savini and they don’t let up or compromise in the slightest. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom once and am kicking myself now as I would have got him to sign a copy of my DVD (some fan 😂) as this is in my opinion some of his best work.
Fans of such franchises as Friday 13th/Halloween would be in their element with this and it’s a shame that it never had a sequel. Really, you know what you’re getting with the genre as it kind of does what it says on the tin (or at least it should) and this one ticked all the boxes for me.
Well worth checking out.