The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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...an above-average slasher...
Like many an early-1980s slasher flick, it's so politically incorrect and sleazy that it's actually a shock to watch it in the enlightened times we live in today.
This one seemed like it was made for TV, but I'm sure it never made TV here in the US because of the very graphic nude scenes. The theme of this story has been played over 100 times, either that I've seen this movie with a 100 different actors. The beautiful Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Tracy, who can't see or talk because she was abused as a child and her sister a news reporter is taking care of her now in her adult life. Her sister Lauren Tewes plays a news reporter who is tracking down a killer / rapist. Of course the killer ends up in there apartment and right before he rapes and kills again Tracy can see and speak. This had to be the bottom of the bucket for these two. 1 star is all I can dish out, though I have to give Jennifer Jason Leigh a 5 on beauty alone. This was my dream of a girl back in 1981.
A rapist/killer stalks Miami women as a reporter realizes that the suspect lives in her apartment complex.
In her first major role, Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a blind/deaf/dumb young girl in a bit part that serves to be the only worthwhile aspect of this poor film. It is a fairly basic slasher film with all the elements that make this genre one of the most misogynistic genres of film. When Jane says, "Tracy is not the only defenseless woman in this city," I couldn't help but think of this line as the film's thesis. I understand that two women ultimately resist the male killer, but this comes only after numerous women scream in horror and are subject to the "Gaze." Here, women are objects, not acting subjects.
Overall, for anyone looking to explore feminist film theory, Eyes of a Stranger is the perfect film to write against.
This is a typical slasher/thriller kind of movie with a serial killer and someone, in this case a reporter, who is trying to catch them and/or prove that they're the killer. None of the actors really give stand out performances, and there aren't many special effects in the movie either. It's more of a thriller than a horror movie. Overall, it's okay, not good but not bad.
With all the slashers I've seen over the years I still don't understand how I've never seen this sleazy little gem. It has its share of silliness like the fact a victim hears chimes from a clock when the killer is taunting her on the phone yet it is impossible that he is at his house since by the time she reaches her car he's waiting in the back seat. Or the that during a flashback a young Jennifer Jason Leigh is being played by a girl who is of obvious Latino decent. To counter this type of stuff though are some decent bloody deaths, suspensful mood and music and a strong lead from Lauren (The Love Boat(!)) Tewes. This is one I really regret having not seen back in the heyday of the slasher craze as it would have become an instant favorite for me.
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