Eyes of a Stranger 1981 R CC

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(47) IMDb 5.8/10

A terrifying suspense thriller, featuring "Love Boat" star Lauren Tewes as a newscaster who stalks a brutal killer.

Starring:
Lauren Tewes, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Eyes of a Stranger

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Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Ken Wiederhorn
Starring Lauren Tewes, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Supporting actors John DiSanti, Peter DuPre, Gwen Lewis, Kitty Lunn, Timothy Hawkins, Ted Richert, Toni Crabtree, Robert Small, Stella Rivera, Dan Fitzgerald, Jose Bahamonde, Luke Halpin, Ru Flynn, Tony Federico, Alan Lee, Amy Krug, Tabbetha Tracey, Sarah Hutcheson
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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I Enjoyed every disc and can't wait for my next collection to arrive.
Yvette McFadden
It's not meant to be so much horror as a character study of Lonsdale, and on that level it works.
calvinnme
I had a great time watching this 80's horror movie nice thrills!!and full of suspense!!
Carles

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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2007
Format: DVD
Someone else has already said which films are in this set, so I will add detailed descriptions of each featured film:

From Beyond the Grave (1973) Peter Cushing - 4/5 - Cushing hosts this anthology of four tales that is pretty good if you are a fan of British style horror. The shortness of the four tales keeps things moving along nicely so that you don't get bored. What holds the stories together is that Cushing plays the owner of an antique shop whose customers meet supernaturally tragic fates if they try to wrong him.

Someone's Watching Me (1978) - Stars Lauren Hutton and David Birney, directed by John Carpenter - 4/5 - Lauren Hutton is a woman being stalked by a neighbor across from her apartment. He calls her, sends her gifts, and watches her through his telescope. When she can't get the police to take her seriously, she has to take on her tormenter herself along with her boyfriend and a woman that works at the same TV station as she. This is actually a well-done film that was made for TV. The features are:
Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
English, French and Spanish Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles
New Featurette "John Carpenter: Director Rising"

The Hand (1981) - stars Michael Caine, directed by Oliver Stone - 3/5 - The idea is simple enough. Jonathan Lonsdale is a comic book artist whose right hand is severed in a car accident. The hand takes on a life of its own and kills everyone who annoys or wrongs Jon. Although not great, good direction by Stone and good acting by Michael Caine as the tortured artist really save this one. It's not meant to be so much horror as a character study of Lonsdale, and on that level it works.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By C. Wright on July 18, 2007
Format: DVD
Since it is not included in the description, the collection includes the following titles:

1. Deadly Friend (Wes Craven)
2. Dr. Giggles
3. Eyes of a Stranger
4. From Beyond the Grave
5. The Hand (Oliver Stone)
6. Someone's Watching Me (John Carpenter)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "carolyn5000" on February 11, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Eyes of A stranger isn't the worst of its kind, and does offer some suspense and likeable characters. There is effective creepiness, such as the killer's cuckoo clock, and the phone calls are decidedly weird. There is way too much nudity however, the film revels in this. But it is an interesting game of cat and mouse as the newswoman makes it a personal vendetta with the rapist sicko. Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance is really great, very moving.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 13, 2007
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The TWISTED TERROR COLLECTION consists of 5 horror movies of varying quality and frightfulness. SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME has Lauren Hutton as a woman victimized by a phone-stalker / homicidal maniac. This guy just won't quit! Hutton changes her number, moves, etc., but the freak keeps finding her! John Carpenter did his best within the suffocating limits of network TV. Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Creepshow) and Charles Cyphers (The Fog, Halloween 1+2, Assault On Precinct 13) co-star. EYES OF A STRANGER is about a TV news anchor (Lauren Tewes) who witnesses a man throwing away his bloody shirt, and believes he might be the very serial rapist / killer she's been reporting on! Not bad. This one features the infamous decapitation / fishtank scene! It's also Jennifer Jason Liegh's (The Hitcher, Single White Female) debut film. FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE gives us Peter Cushing as the owner of an odd little antique shop where any customers caught stealing from / cheating the owner are dealt with in strange and diabolical ways. This Amicus anthology is almost as good as TALES FROM THE CRYPT and ASYLUM. It has five stories w/ stars like David Warner (The Omen, Time After Time) and Donald Pleasence (Halloween 1+2, Raw Meat, Phenomena)! It's like a mini-classic collection within this collection! THE HAND is Oliver Stone's take on horror. We get Michael Caine (Dressed To Kill) as a cartoonist who loses his hand in a car accident. Weird things begin happening and people start dying. We don't know if it's the creeping hand or Michael Caine's crumbling mind causing the deaths! This one's goofy but fun. Wes Craven's DEADLY FRIEND is a completely ridiculous story about a teen who re-animates his ghoulfriend, only to have her go bananas and start killing people. Still, DF is somehow watchable, even addictive!Read more ›
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Murphy on September 24, 2007
Format: DVD
OMG! Dont let the "R" ratings listed on the sleeves fool you... Both EYES OF A STRANGER and DEADLY FRIEND are the super rare UNCUT versions that were given X-Ratings by the MPAA!

Whata treat! I wonder if Warner's knows this?
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1978's "Halloween" ignited a firestorm in the low budget film making industry and by 1980, a mere two years later, you saw slasher movies increasingly upping the ante and getting more and more graphic and explicit, some examples being "Maniac," "Don't Go in the House," and the Italian "Macabre."

One other notable example from this year was Ken Wiederhorn's suspense/terror film "Eyes of a Stranger," which was released by Georgetown Productions, the company that marketed the same year's original "Friday the 13th."

Though in his film guide Leonard Maltin dismisses "Eyes of a Stranger" as "utter trash," I find it to be one of the very best psycho chiller/thriller movies of the early '80s.

The plot concerns a sicko psycho who is terrorizing Miami in a series of rape/murders, and a TV newswoman (Lauren Tewes) who gets hunches as to his identity. When no one will believe her or support her case, she embarks on her own private quest to see justice served that eventually leads her into the creepy haunts of the killer's apartment. Finally, her younger sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is blind, deaf and mute as a result of a childhood kidnapping, is established as a potential victim.

The opening scenes of this movie, in which the killer stalks and follows home a lovely bartender named Debbie (played by the gorgeous Gwen Lewis), sets the stage for the bite-your-nails level of suspense of the whole movie. The sicko first harasses her with a series of obscene, sick twisted heavy breathing phone calls that he makes from a nearby payphone (this was 30 years ago after all) and eventually enters her apartment.
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