Looking for a specific horror movie - head in a fish bowl?
I'm trying to find out the title of a horror movie that I saw as a child. One scene specifically sticks in my mind: a woman had her head chopped off and it was left in a fishbowl. This was not a black and white movie and may have been a "B' horror flick. I'm not certain, but the story may have been about someone killing women before their wedding. Can anyone help?
- MystMoonstruckLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
He Knows You're Alone (1980)
starring Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing, Patsy Pease, James Rebhorn, Tom Hanks (film debut), Dana Barron, Paul Gleason, James Carroll
A reluctant bride to be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends get whacked one by one, a hard boiled renegade 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.
A knife-wielding killer (Tom Rolfing) preys upon young brides-to-be. Years earlier, he murdered his ex-girlfriend on her wedding day and has been pursued ever since by the cop, Len Gamble (Lewis Arlt), to whom she was due to be wed. The disturbed psycho starts a new campaign of bride-brutalising, first stabbing an engaged woman in a movie theater, and then stalking resourceful young Amy Jensen (Caitlin O'Heaney, in a very winning performance), whose future husband is away on a bachelor weekend. One by one, Amy's friends fall foul of the killer, until she seeks the aid of her ex-boyfriend, oddball morgue attendant Marvin (Don Scardino), in escaping from her stalker.
Director Armand Mastroianni (son of actor Marcello) borrows heavily from earlier genre entries. His build-up in the murder sequences is almost identical to Carpenter's use of lighting, music and point-of-view camera shots in Halloween. The gore is kept to a minimum (apart from a quite bloody severed-head-in-a-fishtank scene) and a greater emphasis is placed on suspense. Alas, many of the "suspenseful" moments are rather fluffed because the director makes it too obvious when the jump-out-of-your-seat moments are about to occur. Hanks has a very small role as a psychology student who gives the film's self-referential speech about why people love to be scared by horror movies. He's competent in the role, but one wouldn't have predicted from this evidence that he would go on to become a super-star. A major flaw with the film is that Tom Rolfing's killer character is supposed to be a bride killer, but he breaks his own rules on numerous occasions by hacking down victims who are not brides-to-be.
Another severed head-in-the-aquarium occurs in "The Silent Partner" (1978)~both shockers! Hmmm... Did the tank bit get lifted from this film?
- Anonymous4 years ago
Fishbowl MovieSource(s): https://shrinke.im/a8US8
- C-ManLv 71 decade ago
Sounds like either "He knows you're alone" or "Hatchet for a Honeymoon"
Hmmm, it appears our furry feline first-poster has elaborated- score 10 points and some catnip for Mystmoonstruck!