Release dateSeptember 20, 1978 WriterJudith Parker (teleplay), Richard Peck (based on the novel by) GenresHorror, Television film, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological thriller CastKathleen Beller (Gail Osborne), Blythe Danner (Anne Osborne), Tony Bill (Neil Osborne), Dennis Quaid (Phil Lawver), Alan Fudge (Chris Elden) Similar moviesJurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Furious 7, Sorry for the Disturbance, Blackhat, Sex Tape
TaglineAre You In The House Alone?
In this made-for-TV adaptation of the Richard Peck novel, Anne (Blythe Danner) and Neil Osborne (Tony Bill) have moved to a new town with their virginal teenage daughter, Gail (Kathleen Beller), after being burglarized. When Gail finds a mysterious, threatening note, she assumes its just a prank. But when more letters arrive along with increasingly frightening phone calls she realizes she has a stalker and sets out to use her photography skills to catch him in the act.
Are You in the House Alone? is a 1978 made-for-TV thriller film directed by Walter Grauman. The film is based on the 1976 novel of the same name written by Richard Peck.
Teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's home one evening and the caller rings her at that number.
16-year-old Gail Osborne is a typical high school student with a passion for photography. Six months ago, she and her parents moved from New York to a smaller town due to her father Neils claim the city was too dangerous following a burglary. Gail, a high spirited romantic, initially started dating classmate E.K. Miller, but he broke off their relationship because Gail was unwilling to sleep with him.
Now, Gail is dating Steve Pastorinis, despite her overprotective mothers objections. After a while, she receives an anonymous letter which says: I am watching you. Gail thinks the letter is creepy, but is convinced by her best friend Allison Bremer that it is a practical joke from some student. However, when the gorier notes and phone calls keep coming, Gail decides to warn her principal, who informs her it could be the act of her current or former boyfriend.
One day, Gail tries to tell her mother Anne about the stalking, but Anne is too busy to pay attention. Therefore, Gail ditches school and heads to San Francisco to visit her father at work. There, she finds out her father has been fired. Back home, she confronts her mother with this, who demands her to keep silent so Neil will not feel ashamed. Gail realizes more serious matters are going on in life and decides to no longer pay attention to the notes and phone calls.
One night, she is babysitting the children of Jessica Hirsch, who is dating Gails teacher Chris Elden. She receives a phone call from the same stalker, asking: Are you in the house alone? Afraid, Gail locks the door, until later Allisons boyfriend Phil Lawver stops by. Phil reveals himself to be Gails stalker and rapes her. Due to the trauma, Gail is hospitalized and refuses to return to school. Her father is outraged at Phil, but finds out they can not sue him because Phils father is a close friend of the local judge. The fact Gail recently lost her virginity to Steve also plays a role.
Gail is eventually encouraged by her teacher Malevich not to be afraid any longer and she returns to school. There, she finds out another girl is receiving the same creepy notes. Determined to stop Phil, she attempts to catch him with her photo camera. Phil, however, is on to her and attempts to beat her up, but he is caught by Steve. In the end, Phil pleads guilty to assault but is not charged with rape. He has since disappeared, and one rumour has it he is in a boarding school in New Hampshire.
Kathleen Beller as Gail Osborne
Blythe Danner as Anne Osborne
Tony Bill as Neil Osborne
Robin Mattson as Allison Bremer
Tricia ONeil as Jessica Hirsch
Dennis Quaid as Phil Lawver
Alan Fudge as Chris Elden
Scott Colomby as Steve Pastorinis
Ellen Travolta as Rouillard
Randy Stumpf as E.K. Miller
Magda Harout as Malevich
Kathleen Beller appears in Are You in the House Alone? and Deadly Messages. Kathleen Beller appears in Are You in the House Alone? and No Place to Hide. The House on Telegraph Hill (1951). Striking Poses (1999). Enough (2002).
Are You in the House Alone was released on VHS by GoodTimes Entertainment and on DVD by Scream Factory as a Double Feature with the 1978 horror film, The Initiation of Sarah on December 10, 2013