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Someone’s Watching Me! Blu-ray Review

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“Someone’s Watching Me!” is a solid John Carpenter film.

In this 1978 TV movie based on real events, Lauren Hutton stars as Leigh, a live TV director who moves into a high-rise apartment building. Upon settling into her new place, however, she finds that her new home isn’t so inviting as she is being spied on by a stranger. This creeper bugs her home, calls her endlessly, sends her mail, and even follows her unknowingly in person. As this psycho gets under Leigh’s skin, she begins to fear for her life, but unfortunately the police can’t do anything about it. Will Leigh make it out alive?

Since “Someone’s Watching Me!” was the only John Carpenter film I hadn’t seen, I was curious to check this one. I didn’t expect it to be one of John Carpenter’s best movies and it’s certainly not by any means. It looks and feels like a TV movie (albeit a decent one), the script owes A LOT to “Rear Window,” there are some questionable character actions (as is the case with many horror tales), and the first hour certainly kills a lot of time until the inevitable intense final half hour. Despite all of that, however, there’s much to admire here.

First of all, the movie succeeds in what it sets out to do. At its core, it’s a suspense movie about a young single career driven woman who is preyed upon by an unstable and unpredictable male stalker. It capitalizes on very real fears. Secondly, you can clearly see John Carpenter’s skill as a director here. This was his third movie and you get a real look at how he operates in the horror genre. Third, Lauren Hutton really shines as Leigh. She’s a bit of a jokester, she’s intelligent, she’s brave but she’s also vulnerable. Considering Hutton frequently had to act on her own (including plenty of dopey talking to herself scenes to kill time), the movie really hinges on her character and she delivers. Sure, there are some solid supporting performances by Adrienne Barbeau, David Birney, and Charles Cyphers but their screen time is limited.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 or 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? A solid transfer that maintains the 70’s style and grit.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue is soft at times while the music is always loud. In other words, the track is a bit uneven.

Extras: * Photo gallery * 2 TV spots * 2 separate interviews with Adrienne Barbeau and Charles Cyphers. * “John Carpenter: Director Rising”- An archival interview with John Carpenter about “Someone’s Watching Me!” * “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds- A Look At The Film’s Locations Today”- Another segment showing off filming locations.

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July 28, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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