The Prowler ★★½

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Bless Tom Savini, who brings the pain and aggression to the vicious kill sequences even when the film can't keep up. The Prowler fails by overcompensating on the build-up. First, it's atmospheric, then it's dull, then it teeters on the experimental due to its nonchalant exploration of space, and then it's just boring - in that order. What remains are a few exceptional explosions of early 80s primo-slasher violence in a snore-fest of cardboard characters, but not nearly enough to compensate.