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I first saw this when I was younger. It has a good premise. A man stalks and kills women who are getting married. It was released in 1980. It has great killing scenes and overall a eerie musical score.
I'll admit this movie obviously rode on the coat tails of Halloween plot wise,etc. 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. Have fun!!
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 story..A maniac is on the prowl killing brides to be due to himself being ditched on the day of his wedding. He sets his sights on a young woman and constantly stalks her before attempting to murder her. Meanwhile a detective with a personal connection tries desperately to find the madman. "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.
Here's a slasher film more in the mold of Halloween than Friday The 13th, which is to say that the focus is less blood and body count and more of a stab(hehe) at suspense. Though I wouldn't say the movie is lousy by any means, I actually wish it would have been a bit more on the bloody side, coz as it is, it's too close to Halloween for comfort at times....and not done as well. A psycho who got the green weenie on his wedding day decides to kill his bride and then go around killing any other bride-to-be he can get his hands on. His sights are set on the cute, yet naive and kinda loopy Caitlin O'Heaney(I'd always remembered her as the hot english teacher in Three O'Clock High). She's set to marry a guy she doesn't particularly want to marry, though it's never really explained why she seems almost forced to go through with it. Maybe she just can't say "no"(my kind of woman). Aside from being stalked and tormented by the killer, she's also stalked and tormented by her ex boyfriend, Marvin, who's a kooky, lovable, nerdy mortician. Caitlin seems to have no hangups about flirting like crazy with Marvin while her fiancee is away at his bachelor party. And speaking of bachelor parties, you may already know that Tom Hanks is here in a small role as the romantic interest of Caitlin's best friend. Don't get too excited, Hankophiles, he's not on camera too long and his role isn't very relevant, only to spout some psychobabble about why we like being scared by horror films and roller coasters. There's also a detective with a personal vendetta hunting down the killer, along with that token authority figure jerk from every 80s film(the detention teacher from The Breakfast Club). The killer, like the killer in Slumber Party Massacre, is shown frequently and is not hidden behind a mask, or disfigured or anything. He doesn't speak.......but we do know his name is Ray!! All in all, this movie is just so-so in my opinion. Aside from a silly looking severed head in a fish tank, the movie is very bloodless. Plus, it's not terribly suspenseful, especially when many of the techniques are lifted from Halloween. But it still has it's entertainment value, as pretty much all slasher films from this era do.
Plot: A young woman about to be married is getting cold feet, partially due to the persistence of an exboyfriend who is still interested in her. Soon, however, other fears begin to take over her as she suspects she is being stalked.
This is an 80's slasher film not very different from other movies of the time; it features young girls being stalked and murdered. If I had to compare it to other better-known films it's more similar to Halloween (which has a smaller body count and relies more on suspense to make viewers scared than gore) than it is Friday the 13th (which is shocking more due to the large amounts of gory deaths). I wouldn't recommend this movie to people interested in more modern, ultra blood and explicit horror movies He Know's You're Alone does not have much to stand out above the rest, but fans of this genre will at the very least have a good time watching
. The acting is ok, with only a few moments where I didn't find it believable. It even has a few moments where I felt genuine suspense. At the same time it also have a problems. The climax isn't the most . . . climactic, and was one of the less-suspenseful parts of the movie. It also lacked music that would have aided in the suspense, and often, even during the climax, it was just silent.
In addition, this is a quality DVD, with good picture and sound quality compared to other budget titles. It has the usual features: language selections and trailer, but also includes director and writer commentary, which is rare for a cheaper DVD.
I'm a HUGE fan of horror flicks, but today's horror movies seem to be lacking a lot creativity and suspense. I'm going through a nostalgia phase, so I have been looking for a good "aged" suspenseful and realistic horror flick from the 70's/80's, that would keep me on the edge of my seat. I decided to purchase this movie just a few weeks ago. This movie had everything I was looking for and more! What I like about this movie is that the events that take place can actually really happen. I'm not one who can sit too long, through movies involving some immortal "creature" in the woods killing off teens. This movie takes you into the lives of everyday, average young women, who have no idea of their destiny. The killer looks incredibly deranged, which gives you chills throughout the movie... The movie isn't overly gory, which is a plus. Some movies are a little over the top with the blood, guts etc... This movie gives you just enough to freak you out, but doesn't make you feel like you want to vomit. Look for a young Tom Hanks, which is a pleasnt surprise. Get some popcorn, pop this movie in on a Friday night around 11pm. Make sure the house is very dark and be prepared for a classic scare.