He Knows You’re Alone (1980)

He Knows You’re Alone (1980)

“Amy’s getting married in a few weeks, and she thinks some maniac is following her around.”

When several brides-to-be are mysteriously found murdered, Amy (Caitlyn O’Heaney) must discover who the serial killer is before she becomes the next victim.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Amateur Sleuths
  • Horror
  • Serial Killers

Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this suspenseful horror flick — full of “clever touches” and “engaging acting” — is among “the best of the Halloween derivatives.” It boasts a creative premise — a jilted lover turns psychotic and takes revenge on all other brides-to-be — unexpected humor (including some bit scenes with an unknown Tom Hanks), and a number of “truly scary sequences”. Although I’m not generally a fan of slasher flicks, I found myself unexpectedly caught up in this one.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • Young Tom Hanks in a small supporting role
  • A clever, exciting script

Must See?
No, but it’s recommended for fans of well-made slasher flicks.


One thought on “He Knows You’re Alone (1980)

  1. First viewing. Not must-see.

    This basically plays like the bullet-point result of a ‘Slasher Screenwriting’ course for such films of the period: the requisite placement of and timing between attacks or false scares; either sympathetic or (somewhat) over-sexed characters; ‘Halloween’-esque elements in the music score…someone periodically seen lurking…..

    There’s nothing that really distinguishes ‘HKYA’ – except that a bit more naturalistic humor comes from some of the characters. It moves well-enough though there are some lulls. Fans of the genre may be satisfied. But otherwise…

    Oh…it seems that all the girls here use the same great shampoo…if that helps.

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