Two movies titled The Prowler enter, only one will leave (with that title) as Herman “OmegaPrime” Davis and Robert Rau watch a ’50s noir movie ghost-penned by Dalton Trumbo — and a killer who really hates dances — to determine which should be called The Prowler.
Since Herman is taking his sweet time to watch Tag in theaters, we pulled a couple of other movies off the pile. The first is from 1951, and (thanks to America’s unhealthy relationship with Russia) was ghost-penned by Dalton Trumbo. This movie features a cop with a diabolical plan to seduce a wealthy woman to open … er, a motel. Sure, this doesn’t sound that impressive now, but back then it was all the rage. Still, his dastardly deeds were set off by a prowler call, so the title sure makes sense.
The second movie was lost in distribution hell until horror enthusiasts rescued it from obscurity. Here we have a guy just back from World War II who, thanks to a Dear John letter, decides to go a killin’. No dances happened for 35 years, until they did. And that really got this guy back in the murdering mood. Although the film features some decent death scenes by Tom Savini, just because a guy serial kills doesn’t make him a prowler.
This one won’t be a toughie, but are any of these movies good enough to call itself The Prowler? Listen if you dare.
Do you have an idea or even want to join the “There Can Be Only One” gang at their next viewing party? Email Robert Rau with your movie suggestion, the days you’re free to watch, and how much beer you can bring.
- Director/Producer: Robert Rau
- Executive Producer: Jeremy White