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Someone's Watching Me! (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  29 November 1978 (USA)
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A woman is being watched in her apartment by a stranger, who also calls and torments her. A cat-and-mouse game begins.

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A woman is slowly stalked to the brink of madness by a man watching her from the opposite tower block. Her attempts to get the police to take her seriously leave her with no option but to track him down herself. Written by Scott Dawson <sdawson@easynet.co.uk>, edited by Nicolas Barbulesco

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Leigh Michaels: [taps Paul's leg] Just testing.
Paul Winkless: Uh-huh, what are you testing?
Leigh Michaels: I have strange fears.
Paul Winkless: Really? What?
Leigh Michaels: Being raped by dwarves. You could've been sitting up there on stilts, I, I had to check.
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a couple of small flaws aside, this is a very good cat and mouse thriller
15 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Carpenter made this, probably unintentionally, as a kind of practice-run for Halloween, which he started shooting very soon after he finished this film (though Halloween came out before Someone's Watching Me). We have the stalker and the victim, like in Halloween, but where Carpenter's classic film is a series of kills and cat-and-mouse chases, Someone's Watching Me is like traces of Halloween merged with Rear Window; here Jimmy Stewart is using his knack of looking out a window as a pathological/deranged psycho in using his access as a maintenance man to stalk sexy women across his view. In this case it's Lauren Hutton, a TV director, who is at first sent strange letter about a 'vacation', and then given the obvious phone calls, not to mention the recording device plugged under the table in her apartment. No matter what she tries to beat him at his game- and the cops are of course no help sending an innocent man to Des Moines in exile- it comes down to him vs. her on a ledge.

This could be a routine premise in other hands- as a matter of fact it was based on a true case and was handed to Carpenter as an assignment- but for Carpenter, in a 'paying-his-dues' task, he makes it his own as a truly taut chiller. Now, it doesn't mean it's a really great piece; Carpenter as composer is regrettably missing and placed with a (decent) TV-type track, and the performance from David Birney is only so-so. But for what Carpenter set out to do, he hit on all cylinders for something that's unexpected, slightly, from a director like him. The script is witty but realistic, the performances from Hutton and Barbeau are fantastic, and his attention to details by the particular usage of the camera is akin, again, to Hitchcock. Some scenes, however expectant they might be, are really gripping, no punches pulled. And for TV, it's probably something close to being Ace (Duel would probably top it, but it goes without saying). Carpenter fans will rejoice that this is finally on DVD.


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