Generic low-budget horror exercise “Prowl” takes a pie-chart approach to basic genre conventions: Place half a dozen youths in jeopardy; spend the first third on buildup, the second whittling down the cast, the last on Final Girl’s fight for survival. Of course, such blanks can be filled in with just about anything, but there’s no originality or personality to this clock-punching chiller by director Patrik Syversen and scenarist Tim Tori. Inclusion in this year’s After Dark package assures fanboy exposure for a movie that might otherwise have struggled for DVD and download visibility.
Amber (Courtney Hope) hates her small-town life, and the feeling she doesn’t belong there is confirmed when she learns she was adopted. Now desperate to get outta Dodge, she must reach Chicago within 24 hours or lose a rental apartment. Five friends come along for the road trip, which stalls out within miles when their car does. Good news: A passing trucker headed to the Windy City offers a lift. Bad news: He’ll take them no further than an old slaughterhouse compound, where they are set upon by hungry humanoids. Perfs and packaging are nondescript, thrills minimal.