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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.


Ken Wiederhorn


Ron Kurz (screenplay by) (as Mark Jackson)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Tewes ... Jane Harris
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Tracy Harris
John DiSanti ... Stanley Herbert
Peter DuPre Peter DuPre ... David (as Peter DuPré)
Gwen Lewis Gwen Lewis ... Debbie
Kitty Lunn Kitty Lunn ... Annette
Timothy Hawkins Timothy Hawkins ... Jeff
Ted Richert Ted Richert ... Roger England
Toni Crabtree ... Mona
Robert Small ... Dr. Bob (as Bob Small)
Stella Rivera Stella Rivera ... Dancer
Dan Fitzgerald ... Bartender
Jose Bahamonde Jose Bahamonde ... Jimmy (as José Bahamande)
Luke Halpin ... Tape Editor
Ru Flynn ... Woman in Car (as Rhonda Flynn)


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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Horror | Thriller


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During one of the last scenes of the movie, a man rips Jennifer's top completely from front but during next few seconds her top is intact but later on when she goes to bathroom her top is ripped again. See more »


[first lines]
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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Alternate Versions

In order to get an R-rating, around 13 seconds of most of Tom Savini's special gore fx scenes were cut altogether (with the exception of the climatic gunshot in the head). The scenes are the decapitation of the man in the early scenes, the throat slitting of the guy in the car, and the stabbing of the woman in the car all of which omit the blood gushing from their neck and chest wounds, but the scenes exist in at least one European version print. See more »

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Underrated, but nothing spectacular.
8 May 2001 | by snowleopardSee 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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English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Augen eines Fremden See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$546,724, 29 March 1981

Gross USA:


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1.85 : 1
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