Ahh...nothing like some slasher goodness from the early '80s, eh children?
One of my personal faves from the era is one that's often left off the table..."The Prowler".
You don't hear a lot of people talking about this little gem...the circles I run with are some hardcore horror fans, but I'm surprised how many missed this film from the heyday of the 80s slasher craze...I guess with Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees hugging all the limelight, it just got lost in the shuffle.
Viewers who've seen as many horror flicks as I have will note several similarities to another oft-maligned slasher that came out about the same time: "My Bloody Valentine". These include the pretty well-developed historical backstory, the cinematography that made the small town atmospherically sinister, the "longtime cursed event that hasn't been held in years" motivation, and even the appearance of the antagonist was similar. However, this film stands on its own with some crafty twists, and stands even more on the shoulders of the great Tom Savini. Savini's effects in this film are among his best work, and gorehounds won't be disappointed.
I'm prejudiced; I LOVE these kind of movies; but I suspect if you're reading this, you probably do as well. If you know what to expect from slasher flicks from this era and enjoy them, and somehow you missed out on this one, you should definitely check this out.
I like the movie...you probably will too.
And remember, if your town has a dance or annual party that hasn't been held in years...there's probably a reason for that!