I like the styles of John Carpenter, Dario Argento, and Alfred Hitchcock; based on this film alone, I'm willing to bet that Dir. Ken Wiederhorn does, too. It has a Carpenter vibe in both form and its simplistic but thoroughly effective use of music; the violent murders are like something Argento would stage, albeit with less Italian flair; and the plotting that Hitchcock favoured is an obvious influence on what Wiederhorn chooses to show. One could therefore argue that it's not very original, but I'd counterargue that it works and I personally didn't feel it was derivative in any way; I enjoyed it very much.
It was the big screen début of both Lauren Tewes and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Tewes plays a news reporter on the trail of a rapist/serial killer. Leigh is a blind, deaf, mute sister that Tewes cares and feels responsible for.