Did you know that John Carpenter made a movie between Halloween and The Fog? It's ok most people don't. In fact right before he made Halloween he did a made for TV movie called Someone Is Watching Me. Once Halloween hit, Someone Is Watching Me was aired on NBC and it was promoted at a Tales of the Unexpected special movie, as they had a show called Tales of the Unexpected. To me that's pretty dumb as Halloween was so popular at the time this aired in November.
Someone Is Watching Me stars Lauren Hutton as Leigh Michaels. She's a young woman who has just moved to LA to become a television director. She lands a job and moves into a pretty swanky apartment complex. Everything is going well untill she starts getting weird gifts from a company called Excursions Unlimited who tell her she has won a vacation. She also begins receiving all kinds of strange phone calls.
Turns out Leigh is being stalked by a creepy older guy accross the complex from her. He can see everything she does from his window. He even breaks into her apartment when she is gone. One night she discovers him watching and goes to the police. However with no actual threats or violence against her they really can't do anything. As you can imagine the tension racks up until the final confrontation.
The film is creepy as Carpenter always knew how to direct tension, and the cast is good. The film was shot in only 10 days and you can feel that it was a rushed production. It's always been considered the "Lost" Carpenter film as it never had a VHS released, and only came out on DVD in part of a Twisted Terror release from Warner Brothers that just kind of came and went.
Well now all of that has changed as the amazing Scream Factory has aquired the rights and are releasing this on Blu-ray. Let me tell you it looks amazing. This print is cleaner than the original airing was. The transfer really presents this as a theatrical film as opposed to a made for TV movie. The video and audio are fantastic as all of their releases are. They even loaded it up with special features.
This is a very Hitchcock like film that is great to watch because it's such an early work of John Carpenter. You will see all the little tricks he uses in later films at a different level. It's like watching John Carpenter before he becomes John Carpenter. It's a cool story and a must for Collectors. Pick this one up.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars