film features some sleazy rape scenes and a few scenes with effects
from the genius of 80’s gore, Tom Savini. In the very first scene
is a very creative effect that sells the swing and then show the beheading
of a man through the reflection of a fish tank. Then the mans girlfriend
walks in the room to see a headless corpse squirting tomato sauce. To
top it off she looks in the fish tank and there is her boyfriends head.
Before this awesome gag the women received an obscene and threatening
phone call with quotes like “I’m gonna fuck you” and “I’m
gonna kill you Debbie”. He is so vulgar and makes it a point to say
each females name when he makes a phone call.
killer is not a perfectionist and as Jane snoops around after realizing
Stanley Herbert, her neighbor maybe the killer she makes it a point
to prank him to let him know the tables have been turned on him. Being
a television personality wasn’t the wisest choice to let her voice
be known by a genuine knife wielding creep. This man is organized at
times and in one scene after disposing of a body even kills at random.
has carried a lot of guilt throughout her life due to the trauma state
another creep put her sister through. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays her
deaf, blind and mute sister and doesn’t really get to do much until
the climax that was both suspenseful and violent. Jane also dates a
defense attorney who warns her not to dig so deep when dealing with
such a dangerous man.
film isn’t soaked in blood but there are a couple of violent throat
slashes, a bullet through a forehead and for sleaze devotees there is
two nasty assault scenes involving stripping, strangling , beating and
even one swift uppercut in the opening scene. Jennifer Jason Leigh flashes
some skin but it is far from sexy as she is being teased by a killer
that just realizes she’s deaf and blind. She doesn’t even know he’s
in the house until he starts to move numerous things like plates and
knives while she’s preparing herself a lunch. I know killers aren’t
supposed to be sensitive but I personally found that scene to be screwed
up. That’s why I found it more effective when he attacked such a harmless
girl who has dealt with a similar attack as a child.
actor had something to offer whether it was Jennifer Jason Leigh’s
silent presence, John Disanti’s physically intense and verbally gross
attacks on women and Lauren Tewes ability to come off as an outspoken
anchor and a steadfast neighborhood watcher.
film runs about 84 minutes and I was engaged the entire time although
the end was far fetched. Still I enjoyed the news anchor turned sleuth
against a serial rapist. Will she be able to save her sister who is
about to be turned damage goods for the second time? Check out this
early eighties sleeper that should satisfy Savini completists and fans
of simple and suspenseful horror. I think women might actually be creeped
out by the villain in this film. So ladies if you like to be scared,
“Eyes of a Stranger” will do the job despite it using many traits
that some superior films used previous to the filming of this film.
It should be noted that you can pick this film up in Warner Bros. Twisted
Terror Collection along with “Deadly Friend”, “Dr. Giggles”,
“The Hand”, “Someone’s Watching Me” and “From Beyond the
Grave”. Six DVD’s in a set for under 40 bucks! It’s well worth
it in my opinion.
Rating - **1/2