Since I first got in to really watching Horror movies, my favorite director has been John Carpenter. I have been following his work since the first time I watched Halloween back when I was kid. Since then, he has become my favorite Horror movie director!
With that said, I haven't known him to do very much in the way of TV, I have seen the work that he did on The Masters Of Horror TV series, but that is really about it!
Then a couple of years ago, around Halloween, I happened to be talking with my buddy and fellow ABMer, Matthew Dowling about John Carpenter, and he happened to tell me of an obscure little movie that I had up to that point had not seen myself, called Someone's Watching Me! (1978)
Now, not longer after this conversation (I don't think it was more then maybe a week,) I was out shopping for movies to watch on Halloween Night, and low and behold, if you can believe it, there it was, Someone's Watching Me!, mixed in a box set with some other movies! (Well of course I had to get this movie, and get home and watch it!)
Well I did get to see it on Halloween Night and I gotta say that I absolutely loved it! But we'll get to that in a few…
Written and Directed by: John Carpenter (Halloween) and Starring: Lauren Hutton (Once Bitten), David Birney (Serpico), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) and Charles Cyphers (Escape For New York).
Someone's Watching Me! Tells the story of Leigh Michaels (Hutton) who after an unexplained problem with some guy back in New York, decides to move out to Los Angeles to start her life over again and make a fresh start in the city of Angels!
Leigh uses a sizable bonus check that she had received as part of her severance package from her old job back east and heads out west…
Now when she first gets to LA, everything seems to almost be working like a dream. She almost immediately gets hired on as a Director of Live TV (Not Reality TV, believe me there is a difference). Anyway, at this job, she meets a woman by the name of Sophie, with whom they both ultimately end up becoming fast friends! At a chance encounter, she meets a man that she quickly falls for! Basically everything seems to be going great for her! Or so she thinks…
What do I mean by this? Well simply put, Leigh starts
getting these obscene phone calls from an unidentified man…
At first she thinks they are nothing more then crank calls, a guy from her office calling her that she had refused his advances. But as time progresses, the calls become more and more obscene…
During this time, she receives a weird letter from a travel agency… Now of course she at first doesn't really think anything of it, till this so called company starts sending her gifts! Even then she thinks that odd, but accepts it, seeing as the first gift turns out to be a telescope…After this though things really start getting weird for Leigh. You see, the travel agency sends her another gift (A bikini). And during this time, her crank caller seems to know all about it! At this point her prank caller is basically stalking her!
Now it is up to Leigh, her boyfriend Paul, her best friend Sophie and Detective Gary Hunt (Cyphers) to find this guy and stop him, before his obsession turns violent!
With that said, what I liked about this movie, and what I truly do think makes this movie an Awesome B movie is a couple of things:
1. First off let me say that both Adrienne Barbeau and John Carpenter made a great team in the 1980's with Miss Barbeau having had a part in quite a few of Carpenter's films. As a matter of fact, this movie it turns out is where Miss Barbeau and Carpenter began their work together! (This is the first film they worked on together).
2. Also the character Leone is named after Mr. Carpenter's favorite director Sergio Leone (A great Spaghetti Western director).
3. I also thought this to be quite cool. With the scarcity of this movie, a lot of people have considered it to be 'The Lost Carpenter Film' and I am pretty happy to say that I own it!
Also another thing that I thought that I would mention about this film is that while I was researching this piece, I came to discover that this film, which had been made for TV, had actually originally been destined for the big screen but was ultimately made for the small screen on the decision of the production company 'Warner Bros.' who purchased the script.
The last thing that I thought that I would mention here is that Mr. Carpenter would ultimately go on to be nominated for the 1979 Edgar Award for best TV feature or miniseries at the 1979 Edgar Allen Poe Awards!
With that said folks, If your up for a tense of edge of your seat thriller! Then I highly recommend this little known master piece! I enjoyed it, and I suspect so will you!
I couldn't find a trailer for this one, but I thought that you guys might enjoy watching the first few minutes of this movie: