Contrary to popular belief, I won't watch everything under the broad classification of HORROR (mostly because I want to continue…
Someone's Watching Me!
A woman is being watched in her apartment by a stranger, who also calls and torments her. A cat-and-mouse game begins.
The Director's Series-Part V: John Carpenter
Someone's Watching Me! is a made for television film that was filmed before, but released after Halloween. It follows Leigh Michaels (Lauren Hutton) who recently moves to Los Angeles and begins working as a director for live television news. In her high rise apartment building, she finds herself the recipient of strange & disturbing phone calls and gifts from an older man who is spying on her. Detective Gary Hunt (Charles Cyphers) can't do anything because there's no real threats being committed, despite Leigh feeling uncomfortable. With help of boy friend, Paul (David Birney) and friend Sophie (Adrienne Barbeau), Leigh takes matters into her own hands to stop the strange voyeur.
I had a hard…
I walked into "Someone's Watching Me!" with a bit of trepidation, having read some negative reviews and knowing it was a lesser known, made for TV Carpenter movie. Boy, don't I look dumb? Holy cow, what a movie that was. It's perfectly paced, elegantly shot, and has as tight a script as any Carpenter has written. There are some limitations inherent to TV that hold this back from being held in the same esteem as Carpenter's best, but that's about the only bad thing I can say about it.
What a heroine JC created here, right? It was such a relief to see a strong and rational female character. She never relies on anyone but herself, and when she does…
As a young John Carpenter fan, this movie had an annoying, urban-legendy flavour to it because for years, I could only find the barest scraps of information about it. For sure, it never actually played on TV or could be found on VHS. Just a few references in movie guides and the library in the pre-internet age. It was fucking infuriating. A thriller written and directed by John Carpenter that he made around the same time as Halloween, and I couldn't find the goddamn thing? Why not just tell me there was a Star Wars Episode 4.5 but I'm not allowed to watch it because a dog ran away with the only copy? (I'm kinda kidding; there actually is more…
Part of my Hoop-Tober 2.0 challenge - I Warned You Not to Go Out Tonight: Hoop-Tober II
Film #10: Someone's Watching Me! (1978)
One of the very last John Carpenter films I had yet to see (just need to see "Elvis" now). Carpenter is my favorite director, but I had been putting this one off for years because of the Made-For-TV stigma. However, I'm happy to report that it holds up quite well, and has Carpenter's style all over it.
Because of the limitations of 70s TV the content is very restrained, which I expected. There is not a drop of blood in the entire film and a VERY low body count. Also, no swearing or nudity (there is an…
A John Carpenter studio film is not a John Carpenter film at all.
Carpenter's made for television film.
This was incredible. Carpenter's best writing. The script is nearly flawless.
It starts with the lead character played amazingly by Lauren Hutton. We learn right away that she's a vulnerable-scared woman who is fighting to be strong and control her life-she's in charge now. Whatever drove her from New York to LA isn't going to sum up her whole life-she hides behind a wise-ass joking personality but in doing so only allows those into her life she knows she can trust. The character is written so well and Hutton nails every scene.
Now match this character with the film's plot-she moves into an apartment building and begins to become stalked by an unknown caller. This…
Um filme menos conhecido de Carpenter, uma pena, pois é um excelente filme que trás muitas referência ao clássico Janela Indiscreta, porém mais angustiante.
Magnificent thriller and stunning, subversive takedown of male entitlement and assault in the form of harassment from a distance. One of Carpenter's smartest scripts, slickly directed, great cast. One of his best. Check out our discussion at Masters of Carpentry.
Reminded me somewhat of the recent film Enemy, if just for the use of LA towers and the colour scheme. I wonder if Villeneuve has watched this film. Probably not, but it also reminds me of Cronenberg, ie. Shivers, which I'm sure he has memorized.
So there's a John Carpenter film I've managed to go my two-plus decades of life without seeing and it's THIS made for TV piece of shit? *sigh*
Lauren Hutton spends ninety sleepy minutes tediously overselling her quirky charmer lead, mumbling awkward jokes and dorky asides to herself any time she's alone in this no-stakes Rear Window riff. Select shot compositions and one creeping sequence in a laundry room manage to feel like a dry run for Halloween's masterful staging, but it's nowhere near enough to save this forgettable television production from being John's lowest low. Cinematic melatonin.
Carpenter at his most Hitchcockian.
A John Carpenter film that I had never seen. Owned it for a few years, but never pulled it off the shelf until now. I can see why I waited. The lead actress is just awful. The story is blah. This is not Carpenters best, and is rightfully overlooked by most. This reminded me of a film I kept wishing I was watching instead, WAIT UNTIL DARK.
Carpenter doing De Palma doing Hitchcock? Probably not, but close.
Low budget, but not gloriously so, mostly just actually economical. Undoubtedly entertaining, but as this was a made-for-TV movie, it lacked certain qualities that made Carpenter films of this ere so distinctive, in particular it was missing a signature nervous Carpenter score.
John Carpenter channels Alfred Hitchcock to make an enjoyable, smartly written TV-movie.
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…