SOMEONES WATCHING ME
Someones Watching Me lacks the suspenseful impact that Halloween had. To his disadvantage, John Carpenter is working in the medium of television where the ability to sustain tension is constantly being disrupted by the need for commercial breaks. Nevertheless, Carpenter does succeed in keeping the film at a frequently high degree of tension. As he did in Halloween, Carpenter does not spend too much time fleshing out the characters but quickly heads to the suspense. He uses the familiar peripheral shots and fluidly mobile camerawork that he did in Halloween. He also has an unparalleled ability in setting up red herrings, where he more than ably hold the attention, eventually arriving at a nail-biting climax. While made for television, Someone's Watching Me is certainly a film that is much more lively and visually exciting than the usual made-for-tv movie. In many ways, in terms of what Carpenter does here, creating a slick, finely tuned work of suspense for the tv medium, Someone's Watching Me is not unakin to Steven Spielbergs Duel (1971), another film that was made as a throwaway effort for tv but ended up surpassing itself due to the calibre of the then-unknown director assigned to it.
The main thing that Someone's Watching Me will probably be remembered for is its setting up the blueprint for the psycho-voyeur themes that many of the slasher films of the 1980s tediously copied see the likes of Eyes of a Stranger (1981), The Seduction (1982), Visiting Hours (1982) and Lady Beware (1987). The set-up in Someone's Watching Me owes more than a good debt to Alfred Hitchcocks classic thriller Rear Window (1954), which had James Stewart as a housebound man who spots a murder occurring in the apartment opposite.
Someone's Watching Me was also the place where John Carpenter and later wife Adrienne Barbeau met she having a part here as Lauren Huttons lesbian co-worker. Aside from Adrienne Barbeau, there are several other John Carpenter regulars here, including actor Charles Cyphers and Carpenters regular producer Richard Kobritz.
John Carpenters other genre films are: Dark Star (1974); the urban siege film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976); Halloween (1978); the ghost story The Fog (1980); the sf action film Escape from New York (1981); the remake of The Thing (1982); the Stephen King killer car adaptation Christine (1983); the alien visitor effort Starman (1984); the Hong Kong-styled martial arts fantasy Big Trouble in Little China (1986); Prince of Darkness (1987), an interesting conceptual blend of quantum physics and religion; the alien takeover film They Live (1988); Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992); the horror anthology Body Bags (tv movie, 1993), which Carpenter also hosted; the H.P. Lovecraft homage In the Mouth of Madness (1995); the remake of Village of the Damned (1995); Escape from L.A. (1996); the vampire hunter film Vampires (1998); the sf film Ghosts of Mars (2001); and the haunted asylum film The Ward (2010). Carpenter has also written the screenplays for the psychic thriller Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), Halloween II (1981), the hi-tech thriller Black Moon Rising (1985) and the killer snake tv movie Silent Predators (1999), as well as produced Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), the time-travel film The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Vampires: Los Muertos (2002) and the remake of The Fog (2005).