While trying to understand a frightening reoccurring nightmare, a pledge is coaxed into breaking into her father's department store by her sorority sisters, where a deranged killer targets the girls and their boyfriends.
A reluctant bride to be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends get whacked one by one, a hard boiled renegade cop whose bride had been killed years before tries to hunt him down before it is too late. Meanwhile, the bride has to figure out if it is all in her imagination or not, aided by her ex-boyfriend... Written by
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In the DVD commentary, director Armand Mastroianni said that horror fans frequently confuse this film with 1979's _When A Stranger Calls (1979)_ because of their similarly threatening titles. Mastroianni also said ironically 'He Knows You're Alone' and 'When A Stranger Calls' were both playing at a New York theater at the same time once. He said that the theater marquee read 'When A Stranger Calls He Knows You're Alone' as if it was all one big movie title. See more »
In the scene where Nancy plays the record album, there are two close-ups of the album on the turntable. From the first close-up to the second close-up, the speed of the spinning record has increased, although the speed/pitch of the music remains constant. See more »
[after the professor she is sleeping with pretends to not know her in front of his wife]
I'm gonna bust his balls tonight.
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Amy (Caitlin O'Heaney) is preparing to get married. Unfortunately, her cheating boyfriend is out of town and a psycho (Tom Rolfing) with a thing for killing brides to be is in town. Feeling she's being stalked Amy welcomes the company of her ex-boyfriend Marvin (Don Scardino) and her girlfriends. This doesn't scare away the killer who proceeds to slash his way through her friends to get to her. Meanwhile a detective (Lewis Arlt) is hot on the killers trail. But will he get him in time to save Amy?
This was dismissed in 1980 as just another "Halloween" clone. It is, but it's one of the best. It's well-acted (especially by O'Heaney, Scardino, Rolfing and Arlt), suspenseful direction, quite a few enjoyable jolts and likable, realistic characters. The big surprise is how non-bloody all the murders are. You hear them, but you never see them. My guess is that MGM (who released this) wanted a tame horror film so all the gore was kept out. It's R rated just for language and brief female nudity. Also surprising is that the killer is portrayed by tall, handsome Tom Rolfing--he looks so good I had a hard time believing he was the killer. Also he's very imposing--one of the scariest scenes has him quietly approaching O'Heaney from behind after she finds a dead body. Also the then unknown Tom Hanks (in his film debut) has a small role.
Perfect movie for a Halloween night. Scary and well-done...worth seeing.
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