Dec/2018

‘Someone’s Watching Me!’ Blu-ray Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 8th, 2018

Not to be confused with Michael Jackson’s song (Rockwell) ‘Somebody’s Watching Me‘, this 1978 made-for-television film called ‘Someone’s Watching Me!‘ was directed by the iconic John Carpenter (Halloween), which interestingly enough, came out a couple of weeks after ‘Halloween‘ was released in theaters. The film stars Lauren Hutton as a young woman who moves from NYC to LA in order to become a TV producer/director. She seems to be enjoying life out there, however, she has a stalker who spies on her from the building across from her with a telescope. This stalker sends her awful messages, harasses her, and even sends her strange gifts in the mail.

This stalker’s identity is a mystery until the terrifying climactic scene. Is it a sadistic killer or is it her new friend played by Adrienne Barbeau. The film itself still holds up and is quite fun to see where John Carpenter made a PG-rated horror thriller for TV before he became the man he is known as today. Scream Factory releases a brand new video transfer with a good audio option and some excellent new bonus features, which are detailed below. This is a super rare OOP (for a long time) movie and is a MUST- OWN for any John Carpenter fan out there.

Official Synopsis:

In 1978’s Someone’s Watching Me, Los Angeles newcomer Leigh Michaels moves into a chic high-rise apartment building. She loves the view. So does the Peeping Tom who lives somewhere in the adjacent tower. John Carpenter writes and directs this thriller where the breath-catching suspense starts at the moment Leigh (Lauren Hutton, American Gigolo) is framed in the lens of a telescope. For Leigh, it’s the beginning of terrors that escalate from anonymous calls and gifts to lights that mysteriously flicker to prove that someone watches every moment of her life. Leigh fights back, matching her tormentor’s obsession with her own relentless drive to uncover his identity. The prey is now predator – and that escalates the stalker’s game to a deadly new level. Someone is watching.

Someone’s Watching Me Special Features

  • NEW 2K scan from the original film elements – in both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 aspect ratios
  • NEW audio commentary with author Amanda Reyes (Are You in the House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999)
  • NEW Adrienne Barbeau: Looking Back at Someone’s Watching Me
  • NEW Carpenter’s Enforcer – an interview with Charles Cyphers on his career in John Carpenter’s films
  • NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the film’s locations today
  • John Carpenter: Director Rising
  • TV Promo
  • Still Gallery

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