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Someone's Watching Me! (1978)

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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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John Carpenter

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John Carpenter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Hutton ... Leigh Michaels
David Birney ... Paul Winkless
Adrienne Barbeau ... Sophie
Charles Cyphers ... Gary Hunt
Grainger Hines ... Steve
Len Lesser ... Burly Man
John Mahon ... Frimsin
James Murtaugh ... Leone
J. Jay Saunders ... Police Inspector
Michael Laurence ... TV Announcer
George Skaff George Skaff ... Herbert Stiles
Robert Phalen Robert Phalen ... Wayne
Robert Snively Robert Snively ... Groves
Jean Le Bouvier Jean Le Bouvier ... Waitress
James McAlpine James McAlpine ... Slick Man
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Storyline

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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The Lost John Carpenter Suspense Classic - Never Before On Video Or DVD!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Rise See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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For more than two decades, the movie was almost better known as the "lost Carpenter film" due to its scarce availability on home video. Contrary to many countries in Europe where the movie actually got released on VHS, there has never been an official VHS release in America. Warner Bros. finally released it on DVD in 2007. See more »

Quotes

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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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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art sometimes imitates life, sometimes not
25 June 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

While feature films became a staple of 1970s TV - think "Brian's Song" and "Sybil" - few were like John Carpenter's "Someone's Watching Me!". The story is quite familiar: a woman (Lauren Hutton) moves into an apartment, starts getting strange phone calls, and eventually realizes that there's a peeping tom in the vicinity. As this is a TV movie, there are unfortunately some things that we don't get to see (namely Lauren Hutton naked), and the spots where they obviously had commercial breaks gives the movie a slight feeling of silliness. But the really neat factor springs from the clear homage to other kinds of horror flicks: the voyeurism scenes look like a "Psycho" reference.

As for the cast, Lauren Hutton easily looks vulnerable enough, but I can't figure out why the characters in these movies take threatening phone calls in stride; I would have immediately suspected that something was amiss. You can see Adrienne Barbeau getting primed for the other kinds of between-A-and-B-movies in which she would later star.

So, it's mostly your average suspense movie, but certainly one that you'll enjoy. And just be suspicious the next time that your lights start flickering.


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