Isaacs Picture Conclusions

THE PROWLER (1981) THREE TOP HATS

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I don’t remember what I was doing at the time, or where I was, or who sent me what, but I remember there was kind of a big deal (at least in whatever circle I was hanging around at the time) when this got released on blu-ray. I had no idea why because I had never seen it or even heard about it, but that was a couple of years ago (I think) and I never bothered with it until the other day. I’ll be honest and admit that, after watching it, I wasn’t that impressed with it – not like some of the other 80s shit I’ve seen in the last year or so like: THE BURNING, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME or  HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT 2 (which I LOVED). I thought this was kind of boring and some of these scenes lingered on for WAAAAAAAAAAAAYY too long. Since hearing about it, I had associated the movie with the poster above – but check out this alternate one:

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This starts out with some American newsreel footage showing thousands of G.I.s on giant Naval Destroyers coming back to the States from Europe after WW2. Next up is a welcome home dance – complete with an emcee mind you – and soon a couple go off to make it in a gazebo under the moonlight – how sweet!! ♥ ♥ ♥. Little do they know that lurking in the bushes is an insane mother fucker in army fatigues wearing a gas mask!! And he’s looking to strike!! So he gores them through with a pitchfork and gargles “Say hello to Mrs. Satan for me…..!” He doesn’t actually say that though… he doesn’t say anything at all throughout the entire movie.

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Fast forward thirty years and this little cutey up above is hosting the first party in her town in thirty years! Everyone’s been hesitant to relive the magic of yesteryear since those two kids were murdered so long ago, so no one’s wanted to fire things up since then. But that’s not the case this year and these college co-eds are gonna party their fucking socks off! Nothing’s going to stand in their way of getting some thrills. NOTHING!! Nothing except for this guy!!!!!!

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AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW shit!! No sooner can you say “piss in the punch bowl” and army man is upstairs murdering some poor, naked girl in the shower. Once blondie realizes her dormie is missing, she heads up to check out the situation. Up there, she somehow manages to miss the cut up bodies of her roommate and her roommate’s boyfriend, but, out in the hall, we are lead on a good ten minute chase through the dorm – a chase to the death!!!

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Luckily, she narrowly escapes and the rest of the movie is everything you’ve seen a jillion times. He’s dead, she’s dead, they’re dead, etc., etc., ad infinitum. E Pluribus Unum. In my opinion – there’s nothing that stands out as super special here – we ALL know this has been done again and again and again – and I bet if this is your first time to ever see it, like it was mine, you’ll probably just be all *eh* but there are certainly worse ways to kill some time. Like going to a baby shower. Or going to jail. Or passing a kidney stone. or reading THIS. Enjoy!!

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34 comments

  1. I’ve been meaning to watch this too and watched a few minutes but it seemed kind of boring. The killer looks pretty dumb. Someone said there’s pretty good gore effects via Tom Savini, though. But what the hell does “freeze your blood” mean?

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  2. Wordschat

    Looks like some harmless fun for the viewer. Loved Prom Night 2 and We Need to Talk About Kevin which you show a picture from Tilda Swenson.

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    • theipc

      YES!! On Prom Night 2!!

      “Kevin” is an EXCELLENT movie – I’ve been trying to load some images from my favorite movies in the header as I find the time : ) among other things : )

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    • theipc

      I think that’s GREAT!! I bet if I had seen this when I was younger it would be real high on my list too ~ not saying you saw it when you were younger – you know what I mean ~

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading!!

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      • I saw this later on. As a child of the 80s I watched a billion slasher flicks. However this one came way later. Not sure how old I was, but I would say between 20-22. I started with slashers at like 7 lol.

        I liked it the first time but didnt love it. But it’s become a favorite. On my all time slasher list this might make top 5 or just miss.

        The main reason I love it is I really liked Pam and Mark.

        I get though how scenes drag I didn’t think so for me but I get why you would feel that way. You’re not alone many feel that. The one scene that I do feel dragged is when Mark called the motel. Holy editing batman!

        That was way too long lol. But like I said for me it didn’t drag overall but more than understand why you felt that way. I agree with you but like I said for me it didn’t drag outside of the motel scene

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      • theipc

        SWEET!!

        Hey what do you think about the guy in the shower at the very end? I didn’t get that – was that supposed to be something supernatural or was he just “not dead yet”?

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      • theipc

        Makes sense! I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone out here – but I was totally surprised with WHO was behind the mask – : )

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    • theipc

      HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

      That made me crack up!!! Did you read the article on tariffs??? I deal with things like that for a living – isn’t that EXCITING!!!!???

      We should do a tariff blog together!!!!

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  3. Lem

    Does this have anything to do with the Iron Maiden song “Prowler”? Song came out in ’80 maybe it inspired the movie…
    When Eddie wears the pith helmet he kinda resembles that poster… Hmmm…

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  4. Victor De Leon

    One of my favorite slashers and it’s a short list. Wicked flick and has a very timeless quality to it that makes it fun to re-visit once in a while. Good job!

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  5. Great review! I may have to give this a viewing, slasher movies are a real guilty pleasure of mine & even though you said that this was nothing special, i’m sure i’ll still enjoy it 😉
    Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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