Eyes of a Stranger (1981 film)

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Eyes of a Stranger
Directed byKen Wiederhorn
Produced byRonald Zerra
Written byMark Jackson
StarringJennifer Jason Leigh
Lauren Tewes
John DiSanti
Music byRichard Einhorn
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures (1981 Theatrical)
Warner-Columbia (1981 Austrian Theatrical Release)
Warner Home Video (1994 VHS and 2007 DVD)
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,118,634[1]

Eyes of a Stranger is a 1981 slasher film directed by Ken Wiederhorn. It features makeup effects by Tom Savini and marked Jennifer Jason Leigh's film debut.


The film centers around a rapist and murderer who stalks his victims and then calls them repeatedly before raping and killing them. A feminist TV anchor (Lauren Tewes) becomes suspicious and investigates one of her neighbors, who she believes is committing the crimes.[2]


Eyes of a Stranger was released in 180 theaters in the United States by Warner Bros. on March 27, 1981, earning $546,724 during its opening weekend. It eventually grossed an estimated $1.1 million.

Edited versions[edit]

The film was originally cut for an R rating, removing many instances of violence including a decapitation from the film, leaving only the final head shot uncut. As a result, many of Tom Savini's gore effects were cut out or edited. The uncut version was released on DVD as part of Warner's Twisted Terror Collection with an R-rating on the packaging.

Critical reception[edit]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times called it "a cheap, sleazy horror movie," but praised Jennifer Jason Leigh as "the only thing worth seeing."[3] Allmovie wrote, "this tired, unimaginative slasher-thriller plays like a sleazy TV movie-of-the-week punctuated with gory murder scenes".[4]


  1. ^ Eyes of a Stranger at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ http://exclamationmark.wordpress.com/2007/10/26/eyes-of-a-stranger-1981/
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet. "A Killer Stalks in Eyes of a Stranger," The New York Times, Friday, March 27, 1981. Retrieved November 15, 2018
  4. ^ Cavett Binion. "Eyes of a Stranger (1981)". Allmovie. Retrieved 18 June 2012.

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