The Prowler (also known as Rosemary's Killer and The Pitchfork of Death internationally) is a 1981 American slasher film directed by Joseph Zito, written by Neal Barbera and Glenn Leopold, and starring Vicky Dawson, Farley Granger, Lawrence Tierney, and Christopher Goutman.
An unknown killer, clad in 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. — matt-282 The film begins with the return home of a wwII veteran who was the recipient of a "Dear John Letter".
The 1981 slasher features a spooky score by Richard Einhorn, and a new vinyl release from Waxwork Records collects Einhorn's music from the movie like never before (it may even make you feel like you're the next victim of the prowler...).
'The Night The Prowler' is the third novella in Patrick White's 1974 compendium of shorter novels and stories, 'The Cockatoos'. The six stories are (in order): A woman's hand, The full belly, The night the prowler, Five-twenty, Sicilian vespers and The cockatoos.
The Prowler is an overlooked horror film from that golden age of slasher films of the late 70s and early 80s. The film is directed by Joseph Zito who has special effects wizard Tom Savini to thank for the film's best scenes. The two also teamed up for Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (part 4), and that film is a superior effort to this one.
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Jul 28, 2019 · The Prowler Movie Trailer (1981) Plot synopsis: On 28 June 1945, along the night of the Graduation Ball in Avalon Bay, the youths Roy and his girlfriend Francis Rosemary Chatham are murdered penetrated by a rake and the killer is not found.
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A 'Whodunit' Slasher Film involving special effects artist Tom Savini, in which he refers to as his best work...'On 28 June 1945, along the night of the Graduation Ball in Avalon Bay, the youths Roy and his girlfriend Francis Rosemary Chatham are murdered penetrated by a rake and the killer is not found.
Nov 29, 2020 · By Richard Winters My Rating: 6 out of 10 4-Word Review: Victim turns into prowler. Late one night Felicity (Kerry Walker), who is an adult woman still living at home with her parents (John Frawley, Ruth Cracknell), finds that a prowler (Terry Camilleri) has invaded her bedroom.
During World War II, a woman named Rosemary Chatham writes a Dear John letter to her boyfriend, breaking up with him because he has been away too long. On June 28, 1945, Rosemary (Joy Glaccum) is attending a graduation dance in the town of Avalon Bay with her new boyfriend Roy (Timothy Wahrer), who suggests they go out to the point in order to make out. While there, they are attacked by a mysterious prowler in an army combat uniform, who impales them both with a pitchfork, leaving behind a rose. Thirty-five years later; on June 28, 1980, Pam MacDonald is organizing the first graduation ball in 35 years with her friends Lisa, Sherry and Sherry's love interest Carl. That afternoon, while visiting her love interest Mark London, who is the town's deputy, she overhears a report of a prowler, who may be on the way to Avalon Bay. The Sheriff, off to a cabin retreat leaves Mark in charge of keeping order in the town and at the dance while he is away. That night, after Pam leaves for the par...Vicky Dawson as Pam MacDonaldChristopher Goutman as Deputy Mark LondonLawrence Tierney as Major ChathamFarley Granger as Sheriff George Fraser
The film was shot in Cape May, New Jersey. The cemetery scenes of the film were shot in an actual cemetery on the night of Halloween 1980, as well as the open grave that was awaiting a funeral. According to the audio commentary, AVCO Embassy pictures offered $750,000 for distribution rights of the film (the total budget was $1,000,000). Director Joseph Zito stated that the producer declined the offer and decided to self-distribute the film himself which hurt the film's box-office.The film's entire shooting schedule was built around the filming and effects.
The Prowler was released as Rosemary's Killer in Australia and Europe, and is missing almost a minute of Tom Savini's gore effects. The German version omits all of the gore scenes (including the revelation of the killer's identity) and replaced the soundtrack with bird sounds for daytime scenes, cricket sounds for the night scenes, and Richard Enhorn's score with synthesizer music by an uncredited musician. This version goes by the title Die Forke des Todes (The Pitchfork of Death). The Encyclopedia of Horrorreports that "Savini's particularly graphic special effects resulted in most of the murders being trimmed in the British release print."
Currently on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 60% approval rating with an average of 5.1/10 based on 5 reviews. AllRovi called it a "run-of-the-mill entry in the early '80s slasher film cycle" that "benefits from an unexpected amount of technical gloss, but has little else to offer".Felix Vasquez Jr. of Cinema Crazed gave the film a positive review, calling it "a surprisingly decent and vicious whodunit with a creative and merciless serial killer" that "manages to achieve injecting tension, while also creating a genuinely creepy killer." He also praised Pam, "an admirably smart and clever heroine who evades the killer quite cleverly" and the effects work of Tom Savini, concluding that the film is "definitely is one of the better slasher mysteries of the eighties" and "another of the fine collaborations between Tom Savini and Joseph Zito, both of whom know how to deliver damn fine slasher fare." James Kendrick of the Q Network Film Desk called the film "bette...Joseph Zito, DVD CommentaryJump up^The Star Ledger. October 26, 2014. pg. E7^ Jump up to:a b Milne, Tom. Willemin, Paul. Hardy, Phil. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Horror, Octopus Books, 1986. ISBN 0-7064-2771-8p 370Jump up^
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