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Title:   The Prowler
Director:   Joseph Zito
Year:   1981
Genre:   Slasher
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   06.17.12

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
06.17.12Netflix A long time ago when I was in the midst of reading James Ellroy's backlog I read some form of interview with him where he listed his 10 favorite film noirs. Two of the movies were unavailable to me: The Lineup and The Prowler. Both are now available I think but I still haven't gotten around to seeing them. Anyway, at the time when I searched around all I could find is this early 80s slasher film which i completely dismissed. I guess I added it to my netflix queue years later in a might-as-well fashion.

It's a pretty run-of-the-mill slasher where a returning WWII soldier, jilted by a Dear John letter with great penmanship, puts on his gas mask and sticks a pitchfork through his beloved's (and her new lover's) chest. Fast forward 35 years when some horny teens put on the same graduation thing and blah blah blah helmet-wearing killer starts up again.

It's really only notable for a few of the gags, done very well by Tom Savini. He uses white contact lenses a few times which is a nice touch and the general amount of blood used is notably realistic (I would guess). there's one gag in particular concerning a showering girl getting a pitchfork through her chest that's really well done. There's also an exploding head at the end which is more or less worth sitting through 90 minutes of idiots walking around in dark rooms if you're into the genre or just in the mood for a slasher.
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