Blu-ray Review: SOMEONE’S WATCHING ME

SOMEONE’S WATCHING ME! was written and directed by John Carpenter and stars Lauren Hutton, Adrienne Barbeau, David Birney and Len Lesser.

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) 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.

This 1978 suspense thriller follows Leigh Michaels, a beautiful young woman who moves into a high-rise apartment building and quickly captures the attention of an unwanted admirer. It all starts out with annoying phone calls followed by some anonymous gifts that’s topped off by a creepy home invasion. Leigh handles all of this okay in the beginning but with each uncomfortable phone call and unwanted gift that she receives it puts her a little closer to hysterics. She also finds out that her stalker wants to kill her and this is sort of the breaking point for her.

Something else troublesome for the young woman is the fact that the authorities don’t believe her when she reports all of this so she’s just left with the trust of a few friends who are there for her when she needs them. As terrified as Leigh gets, she’s also had enough of her tormentor so she builds up the courage to confront the mysterious figure and reveal who it is but in doing so she also has to find the strength because she’s in a fight for her life. In the end, Leigh discovers who her stalker is and she’s able to outmaneuver the final attack that ultimately puts an end to her nightmare.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory has given Someone’s Watching Me a 2K scan from the original film elements. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Someone’s Watching Me was another first time watch for me plus it’s an obscurity that a lot of John Carpenter fans didn’t know anything about or they’d never had a chance to watch it. This is because it was a made for television movie that aired one night back in 1978 and it came along several years before the home video explosion so it was never really made available to the masses – until now. This was Carpenter’s first studio film for Warner Bros. and I thought he did a really good job with it because it has this Hitchcockian vibe to it. The story was interesting and Lauren Hutton really delivered as this woman who slowly transforms from this strong center piece to a frightened victim while the mysterious stalker plays games with her. Even though she’s terrified, this woman is eventually able to turn the tables on the mysterious figure so she can ultimately find out who it is. There’s lots of suspense that drives this character driven thriller so don’t expect any kind of blood and gore because it’s pretty tame as far as that goes. There are some old school special effects with lights and sounds used to help with the thrills and chills. Someone’s Watching Me will make its Blu-ray debut on August 7th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) and Fullframe (1.33:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some audio commentary, three interviews, a location featurette, two TV promos and still gallery.

  • 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 (10:32)
  • NEW Carpenter’s Enforcer – an interview with Charles Cyphers on his career in John Carpenter’s films (09:43)
  • NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the film’s locations today (07:12)
  • John Carpenter: Director Rising (06:14)
  • TV Promos (01:01)
  • Still Gallery (01:19)

 

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