He Knows You're Alone [Blu-ray]
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 13.49 x 17.3 x 1.5 cm; 167.83 Grams
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- Director : Armand Mastroianni
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 34 minutes
- Release date : May 18 2021
- Actors : Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp, To Rolfing, Lewis Arlt
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : SHOUT! FACTORY
- Producers : George Manasse
- ASIN : B08W7DX2SV
- Writers : Scott Parker
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,768 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Now you see him. Now you don't. The face of a killer appears out of the darkness and just as quickly disappears. A young woman has an eerie feeling someone is stalking her. Another beauty steps into a shower…and a bathroom door handle slowly turns. We're in slasher-flick territory—and also in a rare realm of film history, because screen icon Tom Hanks makes his movie debut in this shocker
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However, if you are a horror fanatic this will deliver the goods & have you hugging your knees on the sofa late at night.
There are plenty of jolts in this one.
I am sure Tom Hanks keeps this one buried with his Bosom Buddies Bra's. Ha-ha
I hope this one will start a trend of some more treasured 80's horror flicks finally seeing the light of day on DVD.
I hate spoilers in these reviews, so i will just say that "in a nutshell" the premise revolves around brides to be being stalked by a homicidal nutjob. I guarantee the opening & closing scenes will get your pulse going.
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He Knows You're Alone, is an atmospheric suspense driven slasher film that makes good use of its authentically cold and bleak Staten Island setting. Though the killings are pretty much bloodless, the over all feel of the film is strong and keeps you watching. It has a nice muted look that emphasises browns and reds. The obvious influence is Halloween, but there is a police procedural element that suggest that the New York set thrillers of the 70s were also an inspiration. Rolfing is pretty effective as the maskless unblinking psycho and the rest of cast all give above average performance for a low budget 80s horror thriller. The lead actress, Caitalin O'Heaney was in early proto-slasher Savage Weekend. Elizabeth Kemp was in, director Armand Mastroianni's slasher-like mystery The Clairvoyant, and even bit player Tom Hanks made a few movies after this one. Paul Gleason was the biggest name at the time and is suitably stoic as Det Frank Daley.
The DVD is in widescreen, but has no extras.
"He knows you're alone" is definitely a superior slasher and is well directed by Armand Mastroianni. There is some very effective suspense and scares and there is quite a creepy feel to it throughout. The cast includes a few familiar faces (not just Tom Hanks) so the acting isn't too bad for the type of film. As good a slasher as this is it's still no "Halloween" and you can't help wishing that the deaths contained more blood. If this had been as gory as say "The Burning" or "Friday the 13th" this would have been one of the all time great slashers.
It's still very good and definitely recommended.
Poor Amy (Caitlin O'Heaney: 3:00 High, Savage Weekend), not only is she having second doubts about marrying her fiancee but she seems to have garnered some unwanted stalker attention from a complete stranger. She's seeing him everywhere, from her final fitting to buying an ice cream cone to even hiding in the shadows in the haunted house attraction at the local fairgrounds. Who is this guy and what does he want?
Well, as luck would have it, Amy's new friend happens to be a man name Ray (Tom Rolfing) who was jilted by his bride to be and now holds a grudge against any young lady about to say her vows. Not only that, he has the former groom-to-be hot on his trail wanting to bring his own brand of justice to this second rate Michael Myers. Will he succeed or will Amy become the next blood splattered bride?
After the phenomenal success of Halloween, slasher flicks became all the rage, especially holiday theme ones. He Knows You're Alone has taken a more personal holiday and made it the last few days leading up to every bride's big day. Yes, it borrows heavily from Halloween but then what slasher flick doesn't? Halloween borrowed from Black Christmas which in turn borrowed heavily from Silent Night Bloody Night.
He Knows You're Alone is no classic and has largely remained forgotten and for good reasons. For a slasher flick, it lacks any real tension. Our heroine continually makes the stupidest decisions such as locking the killer in a room behind a door that has a glass window in the center of it and then leaning against said door with the obvious result. Plus never once does she decide to call the police after each continuous encounter with the killer. Its a miracle in and of itself that the guy just doesn't bump her off after the first five minutes. We also never know why Amy is having her doubts about marrying her fiancee Phil (James Carroll: Girls Nite Out). He seems like a nice enough guy and he isn't stalking her like her nerdy mortican ex-boyfriend Marvin (Don Scardino) who is always just casually popping up.
But despite all its flaws, this movie isn't all that bad. It was made in the 80s and the film makers did strive to try and make it stand out from the rest of the crowd that would eventually follow. Like Final Exam, another largely forgotten slasher flick, Ray doesn't wear a mask. He simply stares with this blank, vacant face like the Stranger in When A Stranger Calls. And we never really learn why he targets other brides-to-be. Yes he was dumped and he does stab his ex-fiancee to death a mere few hours before her wedding but is that any reason to keeping picking off random women? And, unlike the rest, there is a rather shocking outcome for Amy.
As a fan of the genre, I picked this up just for enjoyment of seeing it. I wasn't expecting much but I certainly got my $10 worth. Not bad for a rainy evening waster.