Someone’s Watching Me (1978) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Someone’s Watching Me (1978) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: John Carpenter
STARRING: Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbeau
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85 & 1:33/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory

John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) 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 is a made for TV film from John Carpenter that either came right before or right after his massive hit Halloween. I want to say before, but I’ve heard conflicting reports when I’ve said that. Regardless, we watch a woman as she moves into a new apartment building where she’s stalked by some creep with a super telescope in the giant building across the street. The movie manages to pack some of the mood and atmosphere that Carpenter is known for, but it is hampered a held down a bit from time to time due to the TV movie restrictions I’m sure it had on it and a pretty lackluster ending. Still, there are things here to enjoy about Someone’s Watching Me and I dig it enough even if it isn’t anywhere near to being my favorite John Carpenter movie.

The movie also features future wife of John Carpenter Adrienne Barbeau in the role he first met her in. She’s also playing what might very well be the first lesbian character on a TV movie at the time. The movie plays a good game of cat and mouse for the most part, even if it could use a bit more of a sizzle with the steak and a body count. Scream Factory has it looking pretty good here in HD with a choice of a full screen or a widescreen version. The TV version is probably truest to its original TV presentation, but I’m taking the widescreen version over that any day of the week. While a rare case of a Carpenter movie not being a “Special Editon” from Scream Factory, you at least get an interview with Barbeau and a few other nice things in the extras.

Extras

– NEW 2K Scan Of 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

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 92%