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JOHN CARPENTER DIRECTS TV-MOVIE 'SOMEONE'S WATCHING ME!'

Title Sequence for Someone's Watching Me YEAR: 1978
After John Carpenter hit big with the horror film HALLOWEEN, a made-for-TV movie as the next step is a big strange, but it's not bad: Plot centers on a director played by Lauren Hutton who is, as the title implies, being watched by someone in the building across from her own...

Some of the dialogue is silly and the characters aren't fleshed out, but the pace keeps flowing, the tension mounts well, and there's that neat Carpenter steady-cam throughout despite the lack of spooky-synth Carpenter score. At times this feels like a theatrical thriller edited-for-television; other times it's like watching a TV movie that, with more work, could have made it to the big screen. All in all it's a Hitchcock homage, but looks more like a Brian DePalma-doing-Hitchock. Either way it's not too shabby for a small screen effort. Carpenter fans shouldn't be disappointed; just don't grade on a curve.
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