Eyes of a Stranger

Eyes of a Stranger is a 1981 American slasher film directed by Ken Wiederhorn, and starring Lauren Tewes and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Its plot follows a newscaster in Miami who suspects that her neighbor may be a local rapist and serial killer. It features makeup effects by Tom Savini.


Jane, a newscaster in Miami, reports on the latest victim of a serial killer and rapist. She lives with and cares for her teenage sister, Tracy, who is blind and deaf-mute owing to a conversion disorder she suffered after being kidnapped and raped as a young girl, something Jane remains tormented by due to her leaving Tracy alone shortly before it occurred. In her newscast, she frequently goes off-script to make impassioned pleas for the killer to be caught, and for other women in the city to exercise caution. That night, Debbie, a waitress at a local bar, receives threatening phone calls at her home. She reports the calls to the police, who agree to send an investigator over the following morning. Her boyfriend, Jeff, arrives, startling her. Shortly afterwards, the killer, a man named Stanley Herbert, sneaks inside and decapitates Jeff before raping and strangling Debbie to death.