GenreHorror, Mystery, Thriller Music directorHarry Sukman WriterJohn Carpenter LanguageEnglish
Release date1978 (1978) CastLauren Hutton (Leigh Michaels), David Birney (Paul Winkless), Adrienne Barbeau (Sophie), Len Lesser (Burly Man), Charles Cyphers (Gary Hunt), John Mahon (Frimsin) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Furious 7, Taken 3, John Wick, The Transporter Refueled
Leigh Michaels (Lauren Hutton) takes a room in a high-rise apartment building where the previous tenant committed suicide. Soon after, Leigh begins receiving mysterious phone calls, getting anonymous gifts in the mail and finding that her room has been searched by someone. When a letter finally arrives in which her tormentor expresses his intention to kill her, she takes it to the police, but theyre unable to do anything. Terrified, Leigh nevertheless decides to find the culprit herself.
Someones Watching Me! (also known as High Rise) is a made-for-TV movie, written and directed by John Carpenter and starring Lauren Hutton and Adrienne Barbeau. The film was made in 1978, the same year as Carpenters theatrical hit Halloween. The film was produced by Warner Bros. and aired on NBC on November 29, 1978.
A woman is being watched in her apartment by a stranger, who also calls and torments her. A cat-and-mouse game begins.
A woman named Leigh Michaels moves to Los Angeles, and finds a job directing live television. An older man sees her on the balcony of her new apartment, through a telescope. He enters her apartment when shes out, and begins to terrorize her with phone calls and strange gifts from a fictional company, "Excursions Unlimited".
Michaels reports the harassment to the police, but because no threat has been expressed, they take no action. The gifts include a telescope, but Michaels does not understand she is being watched until the second half of the film. With the help of co-worker Sophie and boyfriend Paul Winkless, she attempts to take action against the voyeur.
Among fans, Someone???s Watching Me! is often referred to as "the lost Carpenter film" due to its scarce availability on home video for many years. Warner Bros. eventually released the movie on DVD on September 25, 2007.
Carpenter worked with Adrienne Barbeau, whom he married in 1979, for the first time when making Someone???s Watching Me!. Barbeau later starred in The Fog (1980) and had a supporting role in Escape from New York (1981).
Carpenter was nominated for the 1979 Edgar Award of Best Television Feature or Miniseries for the film.
The television station Leigh Michaels gets a job at is named KJHC. The last three letters are a secret wink to the writer and directors full name: John Howard Carpenter.
NBC promoted Someone???s Watching Me! as a "Tales of the Unexpected special," implying that the film was related to the 1977 NBC television series Quinn Martins Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale). In fact, Quinn Martin and Quinn Martin Productions played no role in the making of the film, which was unrelated to the series.