This is something of a tough piece to write, folks. Last year you got a taste of the After Dark Horrorfest, and there have been fully three years’ worth before that. But now, the Horrorfest has…well…kind of dissolved. And what it’s been replaced with is a little dismaying. Will we still get the quality movies we’re used to? Or will change deprive us of sweet horror? Today we start out find out with Prowl, a copy of which the folks out at Lions Gate sent over for us to review.
Prowl follows Amber, a small town girl who, like a lot of small town girls, is tired of the small town life, and thus convinces her friends to pack it up and join her in the big city. When their car breaks down midway there, they’re only too happy to get a ride from a stranger in a semi. But when they discover what this trucker’s carrying–a cargo full of blood–their trip quickly turns even darker than they’d thought it would.
Considering that about half the slate of so-called “After Dark Originals” will wind up on the SyFy Channel before they hit video, you might be worried. In the case of Prowl, however, your worries are quite unfounded.
It’s not the most original thing about the After Dark series–you might just as well choose to call Prowl The Midnight Meat Semi–but it’s still done in an interesting and engrossing fashion that does manage to keep you entertained. And that’s what the After Dark Horrorfest always did best, keep you entertained.
Even better, Prowl represents a comparative rarity, for both the After Dark series and movies in general–a good vampire movie. See, After Dark’s last vampire movie, The Hamiltons, was awful. But this one was definitely much better. It uses the “subhuman monster” vampire instead of the “preening master of the food chain” vampire, and I personally find that makes it a lot more accessible.
And yes, like the best After Dark titles, this one has a nice twist ending that you will really only see coming in retrospect. At least, that was my feeling on it.
Either way, though, if Prowl is representative of what we’ll be getting from this year’s After Dark supply, then I don’t care if it shows up on Lifetime, we’ll still be getting good quality stuff.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives a respectful eight out of ten to Prowl, the movie that defied the odds and made me believe again by virtue of its sheer potency and impressive action.