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He Knows You're Alone (1980)

Don Scardino , Caitlin O'Heaney , Armand Mastroianni  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing, Lewis Arlt
  • Directors: Armand Mastroianni
  • Writers: Scott Parker
  • Producers: Edgar Lansbury, George Manasse, Joseph Beruh, Nan Pearlman, Robert Di Milia
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KQNK4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "He Knows You're Alone" on IMDb

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A reluctant bride to be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends are killed one by one, a cop whose bride had been killed years before tries to hunt him down before it is too late. Meanwhile, the bride has to figure out if it is all in her imagination or not, aided by her ex-boyfriend.

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Audio Commentary:Commentary by Director Armand Mastroianni and Screenwriter Scott Parker
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In the late '70s, the "slasher" film was more popular than ever, gaining momentum with immensely successful low budget hits like Friday the 13th. Studios jumped on the band wagon, rushing quickie imitations into theaters hoping to parlay the hoopla into box-office glory. Not surprisingly, many fervent film critics tried to deflate theatergoers' interest in the "splatter" phenomenon, denouncing it as a trend of violent exploitation, but the public was simply too bloodthirsty to care. He Knows You're Alone was released sandwiched between a jillion similar non-notables but is perhaps most distinguished by its uncanny parallels to Halloween and the film debut of superstar Tom Hanks in a bit role. The plot involves a killer preying upon young brides-to-be, a psychosis brought on by an earlier trauma involving wedding dresses, not catching the bouquet, or some other nonsense. Caitlin O'Heaney likeably plays heroine Amy Jensen who senses she's being stalked, or is she just imagining things due to pre-wedding nerves? Her apprehension intensifies as her friends start dying off one by one. Unfortunately director Armand Mastroianni (cousin of Marcello), diffuses much of the suspense by identifying the killer early on, and you may swear halfway through that you've seen this somewhere before. Nonetheless, there are some decent scares including a semi-classic shock involving an aquarium that's sure to give you the chills. Recommended viewing for horror lovers, and ardent Tom Hanks fans. --Matt Wold

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The movie called "He Knows You're Alone" may be a Halloween ripoff, but it is a great slasher-horror flick anyway, so I just love it!!!! I highly recommend this movie to horror movie fans, especially slasher film lovers. Unfortunately, this movie has been unfairly criticized as a complete Halloween ripoff and therefore not worth watching. While it may be true that this movie does borrow extensively from the immortal classic "Halloween", this movie is still very effective in that way and very successful on its own merits as well.

Sure, the movie is a "Halloween" ripoff, but why not ripoff the greatest horror movie of all-time and tweak the plot with different variations and a different situation? Then what do you get? A very scary and successful slasher film which is very Halloweenesque yet has a character all its own. First of all, I love John Carpenter's Halloween, so anything resembling that first movie, I have an affection for, so keep that in mind when reading my reviews.

In this movie, the plot is laid out for the audience rather quickly and violently. A young girl about to get married is murdered in the beginning of the film by a creepy, mysterious and very angry man, who incidentally never speaks throughout the entire film. The audience comes to find out that this particular man is a very dangerous serial killer who HATES "brides to be" and in the killer's very sick mind, he has a reason for hating these brides.

The audience is then introduced to the main character, a girl named Amy played by Caitlin O'Heaney who is about to have a wedding, and well, "Ray" or "He Knows You're Alone Man" finds out about it and he is not pleased...he becomes very angry about it.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Every girl is frightened the night before her wedding, but this time...there's good reason! That's the fairly tame tagline for He Knows You're Alone (1980) aka Blood Wedding, a fairly generic post Halloween (1978) slasher film that most notable probably because it was the first film Tom Hanks ever appeared in...

Directed by Armand Mastroianni, who went on to direct mainly episodes of television series like Friday the 13th: The Series and War of the Worlds: The Second invasion, the film stars Caitlan O'Heaney, whom I most remember from the early 80's TV show Tales of the Gold Monkey. Also appearing are Don Scardino (Squirm), James Rebhorn (Meet the Parents, Independence Day), Paul Gleason (Trading Places, The Breakfast Club, Die Hard), and, of course, Tom Hanks in a minor bit parts encompassing all of about 5 minutes of screen time.

Okay, so here's the basic plot...Amy (O'Heaney) is about to be married. Along with the usual problems, dress fittings, flower arrangements, etc., she's been noticing a mysterious figure everywhere she goes. Turns out a killer is on the loose, and he seems to have a thing for brides to be...also, it seems the killer is somewhat known by the local police, as he's struck before, but had stopped for awhile, confounding the efforts of law enforcement to capture him...but now has returned and is up to his old ways again. One detective in particular has a personal interest in seeing the serial killer stopped. Anyway, Amy continues to be stalked, yet those around here think her sightings are due to nervousness of her impending nuptials, and don't take her seriously. The killer not only stalks Amy, but begins finding victims in Amy's friends and those associated with the wedding in general (pity the poor tailor...).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Genre Fans June 29, 2006
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great filmwell worth the wait
Published 25 days ago by scott cowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent.
Published 1 month ago by inge70
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did Not Get
Published 2 months ago by cbtrjmjbzg
1.0 out of 5 stars An Exercise in Bland, Dreary, Pointless Bloodletting
A trash slasher from the genre's glory days with neither a recognizable purpose nor a firm grasp of what makes a good screamer tick. Read more
Published 4 months ago by drqshadow
5.0 out of 5 stars Drive in fave!!
Came earlier than I expected!One of my fave horror films.I went to drive in and saw this film.I have been looking for this for a long time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Grandmother
4.0 out of 5 stars good classic 80's thriller
This movie was pretty good. 3.75 in my opinion. It had lots of thrills, suspense, and excitement, but not a whole lot of gore to be seen here at all. Read more
Published 12 months ago by nolaboy2003
5.0 out of 5 stars alittle cheesy
i love this movie... old horror is the best horror. Creepy movie i love it. Not many big name stars but good!
Published 16 months ago by love horror
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
I'm not going to big deal about Tom Hanks. His total screen time was only 5 minutes. His character added nothing to the story whatsoever. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. Friday
4.0 out of 5 stars A Halloween clone that keeps you in suspense!
The movie called "He Knows You're Alone" may be a blatant Halloween ripoff, but it is a great slasher film anyway, as the killer does seem pretty original. Read more
Published 21 months ago by GSD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
My mom had me 2 watch this some years ago and I love it!! I would definitely recommend this movie!!
Published 21 months ago by AJ Gillison
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