The Night, the Prowler (1978)

Australia, 1978
16mm film, 35mm film (blow-up), colour
mono, English

An Australian horror film directed by Jim Sharman. Production took place during November and December 1977 and it was released theatrically in Australia on 15 June 1979.

Plot Summary

A young woman is assaulted by a prowler who breaks into her bedroom late one night. But she gains the upper hand when she tries to seduce him. She then takes on the mantle of the killer and starts prowling the streets attacking young men.


Director: Jim Sharman
Chariot Films, New South Wales Film Corp
Producer: Anthony Buckley
Script/Play: Patrick White
Director of Photography: David Sanderson
Editor: Sara Bennett
Music: Cameron Allan
Sound Recordist: Don Connolly
Costume Designer: Anna Senior
Production Designer: Luciana Arrighi

Ruth Cracknell (Doris Bannister)
John Frawley (Humphrey Bannister)
Kerry Walker (Felicity Bannister)
John Derum (John)
Maggie Kirkpatrick (Madge Hopkirk)
Terry Camilleri (the prowler)
Harry Neilson (old man)
Peter Collingwood (Dr Herborn)
Robbie Ward (Mrs Ward)
Merv Lillie (alcoholic man)
Dorothy Hewett (alcoholic woman)
Robert Baxter (detective 1)
Paul Chubb (policeman 1)
John Cobley (policeman 2)
Ray Bennett (sergeant)
Alexander Archdale (Sir Roland Duddleston)
Doris Fitton (Lady Duddleston)
June Collis (Jill Pegley)
Maggie Blinco (Patti Stevens)
Roger Carroll (Harv)
Paddy Madden (Dave)

Alternative Titles

Vaanija yössä – Finland



  • Screen International no.254 (16-23 August 1980) p.9 – note (World news desk: Australia: Tax news puts film-men in a flap by Raymond Stanley)


  • Australian Film 1978-1994: A Survey of Theatrical Features compiled and edited by Scott Murray p.47 – illustrated credits, synopsis