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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.

Director:

Ken Wiederhorn

Writer:

Ron Kurz (screenplay by) (as Mark Jackson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Tewes ... Jane
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Tracy
John DiSanti ... Stanley Herbert
Peter DuPre Peter DuPre ... David
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)
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The voice on the telephone that all women dreaded See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Augen eines Fremden See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$546,724, 29 March 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,118,634
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prior to being killed, Debbie's boyfriend Jeff was watching the movie Shock Waves (1977) on TV which was also directed by Ken Wiederhorn. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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

The R-rated release has six cuts to the FX scenes.
  • A shot of the killer slicing off a victims head with a cleaver has been removed.
  • The twitching hand shot of the headless body has been shortened.
  • When Debbie discovers what's in her fish tank, two shots have been removed. The first is head in fish tank. The second is the next shot, which is her reacting to seeing that (obviously removed because there was nothing to cut it to). So in the rated cut, the head in the fish tank is only shown three times, while in the unrated cut, it is shown four times.
  • When the man in car is knifed in the throat, another two shots have been removed. The first is the impact shot. The second is the knife being pulled out and him stumbling away from the car. Also, the shot showing his head bobbing back has been shortened.
  • A closeup of the woman in car getting her throat slit is removed.
  • The shot of the woman in car dying has been trimmed, removing the second half of it where the wound is shown. The shot runs for almost 20 seconds in the unrated cut, and 10 seconds in the rated.
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Featured in Scream Greats, Volume I: Tom Savini (1986) See more »

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Unspectacular but effective
8 October 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

EYES OF A STRANGER is an effective thriller. It unfortunately does have a TV movie feel/look to it and the slight story takes place only in a couple of apartments and parking lots. But even if there's nothing remotely original or spectacular about it, in the end, I thought it was effective nonetheless. There are a couple of standout scenes, like the head in the fish tank and the scene when the woman is taking a shower and the killer is staring at her with his face pressed against the glass door. Creepy!!! And the scene when Lauren calls the killer is full of tension. The acting by Jennifer Jason Leigh was very good, and to my surprise, even Lauren Tewes was good and nothing like the annoying saccharine character she played on THE LOVE BOAT. I recommend EYES OF A STRANGER to fans of thrillers, slashers or horror films.


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