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Someone's Watching Me (1978)

Lauren Hutton , David Birney , John Carpenter  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbeau, Charles Cyphers, Grainger Hines
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: John Carpenter
  • Producers: Anna Cottle, Richard Kobritz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Someone's Watching Me" on IMDb

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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 leaves her with no option but to track him down herself.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten John Carpenter film October 3, 2007
Someone's Watching Me is sort of the forgotten movie of John Carpenter's career. Someone's Watching Me aired back on November 29th of 1978, which was almost a month after Carpenter's career took off with the horror classic Halloween.

Originally John Carpenter wrote the movie as theatrical film, but Warner Brothers decided to make it a TV movie. In my opinion I think that was the right move. Even though this movie aired after Halloween it was actually filmed prior.

I have to admit I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, but I don't think it would have worked as well as a theatrical film. You can clearly though see flashes of the brilliance Carpenter would show through out his career. Despite his reputation as a filmmaker who uses violence, Carpenter aims more for suspense and tension. This is a TV movie so the violence will obviously be lacking, which in some ways I think is a plus. Carpenter had to create a certain amount of tension and suspense and rely on that to make up for the lack of violence.

John Carpenter has stated many times his love of Alfred Hitchcock and here he pays homage to the master of suspense with a movie clearly inspired by Rear Window. The screenplay by John Carpenter is well-written though there are some cheesy moments in the script. The structure of the script I don't think really works well as a theatrical film. Had it been a feature I'm sure there would have been changes made though.

As I stated Someone's Watching Me is one of the forgotten movies in John Carpenter's career; while watching this flick you can see the potential John Carpenter had and in my opinion very much lived up to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter on TV December 6, 2011
While 'Someone's Watching Me' may not be Halloween, The Fog, or Escape from New York, it certainly delivers both thrills and chills. The story is not the most original; kind of like a reverse Rear Window where someone with a telescope is terrorizing someone across the way in another building. The police are helpless; what can they do to a crank phone caller?

The movie, as I've said, may not have the best story, but John Carpenter delivers a well paced and directed TV movie that would have pleased even the Master of Suspense himself. This film is scary and tense, and a definite purchase for any John Carpenter or suspense film fan. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting early Carpenter May 16, 2008
**Mild spoilers**

I have been a huge fan of EARLY John Carpenter ever since I was a kid. From the absolute awesomeness of Halloween, the grungy thrills of Assault on Precinct 13, the intense paranoia and pessimism of The Thing to the sheer junk heaven of Big Trouble in Little China, his early films are sheer cinema bliss. So when I recently saw that Someone's Watching Me, a TV movie he made right before Halloween, had been finally released on DVD a couple of years ago, I raced out to get it. The film stars Lauren Hutton as a young woman who moves to Los Angeles and finds a job at a local TV station. She moves into a high-end, high-rise apartment building that faces another high-rise. Soon after moving in she is stalked by someone in the other apartment building, although she is initially unaware that anything is amiss. Alright, I admit that this story outline makes this sound like a lame direct-to-DVD potboiler, but the fun in the film comes from its less predictable, even bizarre elements. First off, Hutton's character is really unlike any other main character I've seen; a real goofball, she happily chatters away to herself walking down the halls of her apartment building and makes jokes that other characters don't get or that cause them to squirm. The strange way in which she is stalked, which involves a series of gifts sent by a fictional travel agency asking her to guess the destination of her prize trip so that she can win it, also adds to its unpredictability. I also adore the scene where Hutton, sitting by herself in her car, is approached by a man who leans in and says "It's a hell of a life, isn't it?" then stumbles away, never to be seen again. Sadly the plausibility starts to take a steep dive in the final scenes as the inevitable confrontation is nothing you haven't seen a million times in many other movies. Still, I found the movie highly entertaining (enough that I watched it a second time the next night, something I never do).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Club Dead Vacations December 4, 2008
A very good American "giallo" film
written and directed by John Carpenter.

I'm a John Carpenter fan and I'm surprised
that this film is overlooked when a discussion
of his films is engaged.
I'm also surprised that this was a television
It is certainly good enough have
been released in theaters.

A clever killer stalking a woman
is not an unique plot,
but it is all in how it's done
and Carpenter does it right.
If you enjoy Hitchcock and Argento,
you will certainly enjoy this,
although it is not in that league.

The pacing is great.
Slowly building the tension
from beginning to end.
It gets better and better with
some virtuoso cinematography.

The very ending was somewhat
disappointing for me.
Not experientially which is excellent,
but rather the plot.
That is a subjective opinion.
I have no doubt that others
would defend it vigorously
and I can guess what their valid
arguments would be.

The only substantial flaw in the film
was the musical score.
It is standard canned TV movie music.
If this film was also scored by John Carpenter,
in his unique style,
it would have been several degrees better.

I would love it if Mr. Carpenter composed
a score for this film and re-released it
on DVD.

There is a notable discontinuity in the
circumference of a scanning telescope image
that is sloppy film-making/editing
and partially damages a great sequence.

I Love This Kind Of Thing:
Check out the reflection of the man's face
in the knife on the insert illustration.
Look at it up close and then from a distance.

You will want to watch
"Someone's Watching Me"
more than once,
which makes it an excellent
addition to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great early John Carpenter film
Very good suspenseful made-for-TV film from 1978. Granted, there are scenes that might appear somewhat dated, but this was in an era (in my opinion) where television films were... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This movie by most was considered a dry run for Halloween. I'm a big fan of John Carpenter and am grateful this movie finally became available.
Published 4 months ago by Jaime Fury
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING
Do NOT waste your time or money on this film. I must tell you: as a horror aficionado, that this film is flatter than a pancake at i-Hop. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stefan Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Published 16 months ago by T. CROWE
3.0 out of 5 stars Not you're typical carpenter
This made for TV movie is just that, a made for TV movie . You won't find any carpenter music style in this or the intensity that most of John carpenters movie have . Read more
Published 21 months ago by C. conway
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie for its time
I love this movie as there is never a dull moment. Really pulls you in. I've always loved movies about stalkers watching people.
Published 22 months ago by R. THORNE
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Watchable
This made for t.v. film from '78 is suspenful and well done. The acting, directing, and story are top notch. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Danimal
3.0 out of 5 stars a slow burn that may be rewarding for those who wait it out...
Just prior to shooting Halloween (1979), what would become his breakout film, John Carpenter worked on the made for TV movie Someone's Watching Me (1978), which he both wrote and... Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by trebe
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but worth seeing
I ordered this film since I had memories of it making me really scared in the early eighties. Obviously, today I see it with different eyes. Read more
Published on September 13, 2010 by Eva
4.0 out of 5 stars Hi-rise, hi-tech hell
Some creep is stalking our heroine. That's about it. The sterile scenery of 70s LA and arid apartment building, along with her job in television, create a great atmosphere of... Read more
Published on June 1, 2010 by Frank Gorshin
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