Thursday, October 30, 2008

Someone's Watching Me!

Someone's Watching Me! (1978)

Rating: God No
Extremely Trashy

Forgot that it's a made for television thriller for the late '70s. Forget that it's a John Carpenter movie. The title of this film alone is enough to push it into a king sized vat of sleaze. The you can add the made-for-tv/thriller/'78/John Carpenter combination. What comes out is one hell of a movie. Don't get me wrong, I liked Prince of Darkness and They Live way more than one person should, but still.

About an attractive, professional young woman (Lauren Hutton) who comes to L.A., moves into an apartment with huge windows and insists on walking around in her unmentionables. She gets some slutty job directing commercials or something and hooks up with some slutty guy she meets in a bar (David Birney). Everything seems perfect but... SOMEONE'S WATCHING HER!!!!!!!.

Who could it be? Who the fuck cares? Okay, the dude does threaten to kill her. So what? Just move you fucking whore. Go live with your skanky boyfriend, or, better yet, just die. I don't give a shit. I was actually more concerned about the safety of Adrienne Barbeau, and for good reason as she is I think the only person in the movie who actually does get killed, apart from the stalker himself.

Poor gal got stuck with suck ass dialogue like "rape is when a man knowingly keeps a woman in fear". Really? That was not my understanding of the meaning of the word. To be fair, everyone in this movie got suck ass dialogue, but that was the worst.

What else can I say about this movie? It was a pile o crap. Why would anyone bother making it? It's not exactly a new and original idea - in fact, it feels like a really weak episode of Tales from the Crypt.

Blech. Whoever thought it was a good idea to release this on DVD deserves to be shot, or maybe just poked in the eye, or shaken rreally hard until s/he cries. That would probably be more appropriate.


Written and Directed by: John Carpenter. Starring: Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbeau, Charles Cyphers, Grainger Hines.

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