Film: The Prowler
"I want you to be my date, Rose."The Prowler, also known as Rosemary's Killer, is a Slasher Movie from the year 1981. It was directed by Joseph Zito and the film's gore effects were done by the legendary Tom Savini. Both would later contribute their respective talents to another slasher film, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.Starting at the year 1945, the film opens with a news reel depicting the homecoming American troops from World War II. One of these returning troops isn't happy, as his girlfriend Rosemary had dumped him during the war (with a "Dear John" letter, no less).Several months later at Rosemary's hometown Avalon Bay, he kills her and her new boyfriend during the towns annual graduation dance. He is never caught.Cut to 35 years later, where the town prepares for its graduation dance once again. There hasn't been one since the events of the opening. The killer decides to partake on the event as well, armed with a pitchfork, a bayonet and a Sawed-Off Shotgun.
— The Prowler
This film features the examples of:
- All in the Eyes: The lighting at Chatham house does this effect on Mark when he is ascending the stairs.
- Antagonist Title
- Big Damn Heroes: Otto appears to shoot The Prowler just as he is about to attack Pam.
- Blood Is Squicker in Water: Used on Lisas's murder by the pool.
- "Dear John" Letter: Rosemary's letter to her soldier boyfriend is shown and narrated to the audience before the scene of her and her boyfriend's deaths.
- Death by Sex: Averted, the couple who goes to have sex in the Creepy Basement actually survive the whole thing.
- Dramatic Unmask: Done when The Prowler is struggling with the Final Girl and his mask comes off.
- Fake-Out Opening: Begins with cheerfully narrated faux-retro newsreel footage, transitions to a scene set at a dance, and then quickly turns graphically violent when a couple there sneak off to a rotunda to make out.
- Final Girl: Pam.
- Flashback Echo: The revival of the Graduation Dance makes Rosemary's killer snap and start killing again.
- Grave Robbing: The Prowler digs up Rosemary's grave and switches her corpse to Lisa's.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Prowler is done in with his own shotgun.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday
- Knife Nut: A bayonet is a part of The Prowler's repertoire.
- Lock and Load Montage: The Prowler is shown preparing his weaponry during the night of the party.
- Menacing Stroll: The Prowler takes it slow when he goes after Pam in the dormitory.
- Not Quite Dead: Otto manages to shoot The Prowler. Unfortunately for him, he only pretends to be dead and returns fire.
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Pam finds a necklace dangling in a fireplace. When she investigates it, Rosemary's corpse drops before her.
- Red Herring: There are plenty older men to pin your suspicions on.
- The Reveal: Who is The Prowler? Sheriff Fraser, that's who.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: One is among The Prowler's arsenal.
- Shower Scene: Sherry is taking a shower when her boyfriend Carl appears and startles her. Things could have escalated into a Shower of Love if The Prowler wouldn't have stuck his bayonet through Carl's skull and impaled Sherry with the pitchfork.
- Slashed Throat: Lisa's death.
- Something About a Rose: The Prowler leaves roses to the scenes of his crimes.
- Title Drop: Miss Allison informs the partygoers that there's a prowler seen around the campus, and everyone should stay inside.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Used when Paul has to relieve himself at the party.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out what happened to Major Chatham. He was presumably killed and his body was hidden.
- Your Head Asplode: After struggling for his gun with Pam, The Prowler dies from a blast to the head.