A nosy news reporter attempts to track down the man that she believes is responsible for murdering a string of women around town. After initiating him in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Jane must fight to save her sister's life when the killer strikes home! EYES OF A STRANGER takes the most depraved, degenerate, and misogynistic acts from notorious Grindhouse films like DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE and masks them under the guise of a 'legitimate' Thriller thanks to Ken Weiderhorn's clean directorial style and a smart script. The depictions of extreme violence against women and bloody stabbings make it an extremely brutal outing, removing the safety net of comic gore in place of more realistic deaths. It also borrows heavily from a range of Hitchcockian influences (most notably REAR WINDOW and De Palma's SISTERS), but does so successfully by creating several suspenseful moments where Jane is just seconds away from discovery once she has infiltrated the killer's home. EYES OF A STRANGER transcends the primitive plotting found in many of the other Slashers of its time, making it a welcome surprise to genre fans.
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If you liked EYES OF A STRANGER, check out:
THE TOOLBOX MURDERS, DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE, REAR WINDOW.