Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Prowler (1981) aka Rosemary's Killer aka The Graduation

4 / 5 Jan '10
Tagline: It will freeze your blood.
Directed by: Joseph Zito
Written by: Neal Barbera, Glenn Leopold
Actors include: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney
Genre: Horror
Length: 89 minutes
Banned: West Germany, Iceland, Norway

Rather run of the mill slasher in many ways, in fact it echoes My Bloody Valentine in a very big way (though both came out the same year). What sets it apart are that it's surprisingly well shot, also Tom Savini is responsible for some great effects and some interesting deaths. It starts out 35 year in the past with a letter wherein a girl named Rosemary breaks up with her Army boyfriend because it's taking him too long to come home. After we watch Rosemary and her new Beau slaughtered we move to present times. See the town hasn't had a Graduation dance since that year (since it happened then) but this year things are different. Mr. Army man (who actually does look creepy since he's covered from head to toe) isn't impressed and turns the local teens into bales of hay (or rather he pitchforks them) in many gory and fun ways that should please most bloodhounds. The sad thing is that there isn't much more to it than that and that it offers no real twist, just a straightforward slashing spree! Satisfying on that front but if you are looking for more this may be one to avoid.
Availability:  On DVD

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