Although far from a meaty role, Tom Hanks’ feature film debut was 1980’s “He Knows You’re Alone”, which currently has 30% of Rotten Tomatoes. The dire premise of brides becoming butchered before their wedding didn’t exactly light up the box office, grossing just under $5 million (per Box Office Mojo). However, it’s fair to say that through this movie a star was born – that sort of thing.
Hanks was hardly the only famous face to appear in such a cult horror film earlier in his career, and this type of low-budget horror was quite popular at the time. In fact, Kevin Bacon was in the significantly more successful “Friday the 13th” the same year, although he also doesn’t seem to like talking about it much, even though his movie is considered a hit. Classics in the cringey style. Hey, all of these people have to start somewhere, right?
It’s not like “He Knows You’re Alone” is unique awkward step on the Hanks stairs to fame and fortune. There are some other interesting early roles of his that you might not remember (and he probably doesn’t want you to). What about his drama as a troubled gamer in 1982’s “Mazes and Monsters”? Or his lead role on the ill-fated sex-shifting sitcom “Bosom Buddies”? Even later in his career, he’s had his share of blasts, like 1988’s “Punchline” with Sally Field, which earned just over $21 million at the box office (via Box Office Mojo).
So no matter how impressive his résumé – and to be fair, it’s as impressive as they come – it all started with a murder movie called “He Knows You’re Alone”. “Didn’t make any money. Even so, it certainly made a great first impression for Hanks.
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