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Eyes of a Stranger (1981 film)

Eyes of a Stranger
Directed by Ken Wiederhorn
Produced by Ronald Zerra
Written by Mark Jackson
Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh
Lauren Tewes
John DiSanti
Music by Richard Einhorn
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (1981 Theatrical)
Warner-Columbia (1981 Austrian Theatrical Release)
Warner Home Video (1994 VHS and 2007 DVD)
Release dates
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time
85 min.
Country United States
Language English

Eyes of a Stranger is a 1981 slasher film directed by Ken Wiederhorn. It features makeup effects by Tom Savini and stars Jennifer Jason Leigh in one of her earliest roles.


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 becomes suspicious and investigates one of her neighbors, who she believes is committing the crimes.[1]


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

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

Allmovie wrote, "this tired, unimaginative slasher-thriller plays like a sleazy TV movie-of-the-week punctuated with gory murder scenes".[2]


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