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…
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…
Rear Window 2: Rear Windows
Think of it as a dry run for Halloween. It's amazing what John Carpenter is able to pull off for a TV movie shot in 10 days. Kind of a modern day Rear Window with Lauren Hutton being stalked in her ultra modern apartment. The film should also be applauded for the progressive use of a lesbian character without making it some big deal of her sexuality. Carpenter fans should seek out this gem. It's not his best but it shows the greatness that was to come.
i have strange fears...
this is fantastic
First time seeing this made for TV film by John Carpenter. It's not bad, but there are more better made for TV movies at the time. At first Hutton's constant talking to herself was annoying, but it ended up growing on me as the movie progressed. Not bad, but not great either.
Halloween was released a month before this, though I think Carpenter shot this first.
I really went into this with low expectations, but it took me by surprise b/c it was actually good! The suspense as to who the stalker might be is alluring & had me at the edge of my seat. It's truly horrifying! 😱
En 1978, justo antes de realizar "Halloween", John Carpenter escribió y dirigió un telefilm de bajo presupuesto llamado "Someone´s watching me!". La película, pura intriga con tintes hitchcockianos, pasó totalmente desapercibida al estrenarse exclusivamente para tv, convirtiéndose en la película perdida de Carpenter. Obviamente había que verla.
Menuda sorpresa me he llevado al descubrir esta joya. Un festín voyeur dirigido con un gusto exquisito que juguetea con elementos que posteriormente desarrollará el propio Carpenter en sus films, como la amenazante omnipresencia del asesino, la relevancia de los personajes femeninos o el sentimiento de claustrofobia constante y una obsesión paranoica con la identidad psicológica del ser humano.
En este caso, es el propio acosador el que muestra síntomas claros de trastorno…
O cinema de gêneros habilmente mesclados, de forte apelo popular. O cinema que questiona a ética vigente e que propõe…