Three college girls on their way to a jazz festival crash their car in the isolated woods during a rainstorm, and are taken in by a mysterious family in an old mansion. Little do the girls know, the family has a dark, murderous secret.
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.
While receiving a routine check-up, a woman finds herself stranded on the hospital's eighth floor, while someone dressed as a doctor is intent on her never leaving, even if it means killing any staff member who comes into contact with her.
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
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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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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.
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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