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He Knows You're Alone (1980)

A young bride-to-be is being stalked upon by a serial killer in Staten Island. She gets help from a former lover, but will they manage to escape?

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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 Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Every girl is frightened the night before her wedding, but this time... there's good reason!

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29 August 1980 (USA)  »

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Blood Wedding  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Producers George Manasse and Robert Di Milia cameo as the angry drivers that shout at Detective Gamble during the chase scene. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Joyce: [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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Referenced in Scream 2 (1997) See more »

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I'll Never Tie You Down
Words by Jeanne Napoli, deBorge Roggeman
Music by Alexander Peskanov and Mark Peskanov
Sung by Jeanne Napoli
© 1980 by Songs of Bandler-Koppelman, Inc., Windward Music and Viv Enterprises, Ltd., Zorro Music Division
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Effectively chilling early slasher.
10 January 2008 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the earlier followers of Halloween was this solid slasher, that certainly took its share of inspiration from Carpenter's masterpiece.

In Staton Island, NY a murderer is targeting brides-to-be. Will lovely Amy who's set to be married in just weeks become the killer's next victim?

He Knows You're Alone is an enjoyable slasher with a game cast (most notably the always charismatic Scardino). Of course this film is mostly remember as the acting debut of the wonderful Tom Hanks, who was said to have been so likable that the script was changed as to not have his character killed off.

Hanks aside, this film does have it's share of entertainment. The opening theater scene (which would later inspire the opening of Scream 2) is still one of the most gripping introductions for any slasher film. The stalking sequences are suspenseful, especially the climactic chase through the basement of the morgue. A nicely creepy atmosphere runs throughout the film too. Yet, unlike some slasher flicks this one is light on gore.

All in all, He Knows You're Alone is a good entry from the slasher heyday that genre fans should enjoy.

** 1/2 out of ****


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