HE KNOWS YOU’RE ALONE (1980) Reviews and overview

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He Knows You’re Alone is being released on Blu-ray by Scream Factory on May 18, 2021. The film has received a new 2K scan of the interpositive. Special features:

Audio commentary by director Armand Mastroianni and writer Scott Parker
Interview with director Armand Mastroianni (new)
Interview with writer Scott Parker (new)
Interview with actor Don Scardino (new)
Interview with producer Robert Di Milia (new)
Theatrical trailer
TV spots

Meanwhile, here’s our previous coverage of the movie:


‘Every girl is frightened before her wedding night. But this time…there’s good reason!’


He Knows You’re Alone is a 1980 American slasher horror feature film directed by Armand Mastroianni (The Killing Hour; The Supernaturals; Cameron’s Closet) from a screenplay by Scott Parker. It stars Caitlin O’Heaney, Don Scardino (Squirm) and Paul Gleason. It also features Tom Hanks in his feature film debut.

A reluctant bride-to-be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends are killed one by one, a cop whose bride had been killed years before tries to hunt him down before it is too late. Meanwhile, the bride has to figure out if it is all in her imagination or not, aided by her ex-boyfriend…


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 MGM/UA that finally attached the title He Knows You’re Alone to the film after it tested well with audiences.


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

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“This is a fun flick in a kitschy sort of way. It’s not overtly bloody, not particularly scary, but it gets the job done. Back in the day, it probably thrilled audiences. These days, we the audience are so jaded and have been so inundated with slasher and slasher-like flicks, that this one may seem more like slasher-lite to us.” The Horror Club


“It’s pretty slow and forgettable despite a decent story structure and a game cast. Still, it’s worth a watch if you’re into slashers – especially ones that were made during its most successful era and not discussed often.” Full Moon Reviews

“I searched really hard to find anything of merit in this movie at all; some glimpse of an idea which may have inspired later slasher flicks, some unique set-piece which wasn’t seen before and hasn’t been seen since. Sadly, He Knows You’re Alone stands as the perfect lesson on how not to make a slasher movie.” Horror Talk


“Nowadays, He Knows You’re Alone is usually described as “starring Tom Hanks” but actually, Tom’s role is pretty small.  He’s still probably the most likable person in the film. Anyway, He Knows You’re Alone is an above-average slasher flick and it’s definitely not safe for work so stop watching movies while on the clock!” Through the Shattered Lens

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