Sunday, 26 October 2014

31 Days Of Horror: Day 26 - He Knows You’re Alone (1980)

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A young bride-to-be is being stalked upon by a serial killer. 

Ah the 80's, such a cherished era for Horror fans.


As if arranging a wedding wasn't stressful enough, you then get stalked by a serial killer, that's all you need! Well that's the story here and it makes for so much entertaining viewing.

The film is also well known for being the first movie appearance of Tom Hanks, another actor who started out in our beloved genre.



I've always loved the pacing of this film, it's never rushed and creates such a great atmosphere that as a viewer fills you with dread, something you rarely see these days. 

It's obvious that Director Armand Mastroianni learned from earlier entries in the genre but he updates them and to a very good effect as-well, not bad for his first film.


"He Knows You’re Alone" is an 80's classic, get it watched! 

If you want to see the "He Knows You’re Alone" trailer then just click on the video below:




Miscellaneous facts about the film:

According to director Armand Mastroianni and writer Scott Parker, the film had numerous working titles throughout the production. Among them were Blood Wedding, Shriek, and The Uninvited. It was the studio that finally attached 'He Knows You're Alone' to the film after it tested well with audiences under that title.

The shooting of the film was done in a mere 15 days, and the entire production process from writing to final cut of the film was done in four months.

According to writer Scott Parker, Tom Rolfing was cast as the killer because Armand Mastroianni liked the 'intense' look of Rolfing's eyes.

In the DVD commentary, director Armand Mastroianni said that horror fans frequently confuse this film with 1979's "When A Stranger Calls" because of their similarly threatening titles. Mastroianni also said ironically 'He Knows You're Alone' and 'When A Stranger Calls' were both playing at a New York theater at the same time once. He said that the theater marquee read 'When A Stranger Calls He Knows You're Alone' as if it was all one big movie title.
Producers George Manasse and Robert Di Milia cameo as the angry drivers that shout at Det. Gamble during the chase scene.

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