PLOTCalled in to investigate the murder of bride-to-be Marie (Robin Tilghman), Detective Len Gamble (Lewis Arlt) immediately suspects Ray Carlton (Tom Rolfing). Three years ago, Ray murdered his ex-girlfriend and Gamble's fiance (Dorian Lopinto) on their wedding day; since then, Gamble has been relentlessly tracking Ray, who has spent the last three years continuing his murder spree, targeting young brides throughout the week before their wedding.
Following the massive success of John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978 and Sean S. Cunningham's Friday The 13th in 1980, horror filmmakers took note of this new concept of the slasher film and have been churning out imitators ever since, ranging from fantastic (The Slumber Party Massacre) to adequate (The House on Sorority Row) to god awful (Sleepaway Camp). While many of these films were as inspired by Cunningham as they were by Carpenter, horror fans and historians tend to overlook the small set of slashers made in a post-Halloween, pre-Friday The 13th world, most of which tried to emulate Carpenter's ability to craft interesting characters and unbearable tension as opposed to Cunningham's flare for gore and spectacular kill scenes.
Sitting alongside Fred Walton's When A Stranger Calls and Paul Lynch's Prom Night is He Knows You're Alone, the brainchild of TV movie director Armand Mastroianni and screenwriter Scott Parker, whose career ended with this obscure slasher. More so than Walton and Lynch's films, He Knows You're Alone wears its influence on its sleeve, imitating Halloween in its visuals, story structure, character types, and musical choices. But what makes this film interesting isn't so much how similar it is to Carpenter's classic, but in what ways it stands out from its slasher brethren.
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