A STRANGER IS WATCHING
A Stranger is Watching is probably Sean S. Cunninghams best film, the only one that shows him capable of something more. He still trades in many of his customary cheap shocks Shawn von Schreiber screaming in the shower because of cold water, cats jumping out at people and so on. However, it is a stretch to call A Stranger is Watching a horror film. It has a borderline psycho but it is more of a kidnap drama and it was only the Cunningham name attached that caused it to be reviewed in the horror genre at the time.
The film is mostly routine. There is a reasonable degree of suspense during the scenes with Kate Mulgrew and Shawn von Schreiber trying to escape up the dumb-waiter and so on. If Cunningham had concentrated the film on the psychology of escape and imprisonment rather than wasting it on Rip Torns encounters with Chicano gangs and co-conspirators it would have been much better. The other worthwhile thing the film has going for it is Rip Torns ruthless and mean-spirited performance.
A Stranger is Watching is also notable as the film acting debut of Kate Mulgrew, later Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001).
Sean S. Cunninghams other genre films are:- the vampire sex comedy Case of the Full Moon Murders/The Case of the Smiling Stiffs (1973), the original slasher film Friday the 13th (1980), the revenge film The New Kids/Striking Back (1984), the monster movie Deepstar Six (1989) and the alien invasion film Terminal Invasion (2002). Cunningham also produced the House series of films beginning with House (1986), the Disney teenage zombie comedy My Boyfriends Back (1993), Black Friday (2008) and the remake of The Last House on the Left (2009), as well as the Friday the 13th sequels Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003), and the remake of Friday the 13th (2009).