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Eyes of a Stranger (1981)

A reporter suspects a creepy neighbor, who lives in the high-rise building across from hers, is a serial killer terrorizing the Miami area.

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Jane Harris
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John DiSanti ...
Stanley Herbert
Peter DuPre ...
David
Gwen Lewis ...
Debbie Ormsley
Kitty Lunn ...
Annette
Timothy Hawkins ...
Jeff
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Mona
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Jose Bahamonde ...
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Woman in Car (as Rhonda Flynn)
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Enterprising local news anchor Jane Harris discovers that one of her neighbors is actually the serial killer/rapist who has been terrorizing the city. Jane must prove her suspicions before the killer gets to her. Written by Chris Holland <stomptokyo@aol.com>

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The movie incurred the wrath of feminists who picketed the film because of its apparent misogynistic treatment of women. See more »

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You can see the "body" underwater move her eyelids in the beginning of the film. See more »

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TV Reporter: Police say the body was found early this morning by a wildlife photographer in a mangrove swamp off Key Biscayne. The victim's clothes were in disarray, and police believe she may have been the victim of an assault. This is possibly the third rape/murder in as many weeks. However, police are not willing to say the murders are connected.
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Underrated, but nothing spectacular.
8 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Made back in the early 1980's, on the heels of the horror resurgence, Eyes of a Stranger did it's best to break away from the endless Halloween clones, while still keeping up a level of tension.

It stars the attractive Lauren Tewes (from Love Boat) as a reporter trying to track down and verify the identity of a ruthless killer, played by John DiSanti. Where this movie differs so much from other horror of the era is that DiSanti's identity, and face, are never hidden. You know who he is, and that he did it, from the get-go. Tewes is convinced he's the killer, but no one will believe her (duh, of course not) and there is a confrontation between she and her blind sister (well played by a very young Jennifer Jason Leigh), and DiSanti. Ken Wiederhorn had worked on PBS before this film, and apparently used this film and genre, like so many others tried, to try to break into Hollywood. In all, there are some strong moments of tension, the FX are good, especially for the day (FX master Savini), and Tewes surprised a lot of people with her character (not nearly as sweet and pure as Julie on the Love Boat), but in the end the film never generated much interest and flopped. Hopefully at some point horror fans will make enough of a stir to get it released on DVD.


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