In this latest edition of the John Carpenter Retrospective as hosted by the Dead Air crew, the guys tackle obscurity. Considered the lost John Carpenter movie, Someone’s Watching Me! was a made for TV movie released a month after Halloween premiered but before Michael Myers made a lasting impression on cinema goers for years to come. And what do we get out of this early effort from Mr. Carpenter? What’s in a made for TV movie? They’ve come a long way you know. There was a time where the quality of said movies might consider slightly sub par. Take for example Someone’s Watching Me! The very essence of the poorly scripted made for TV movie that fails to stir little more than a whimper.
Still it’s a Carpenter movie and so Jeff Konopka and Shawn Savage will gladly walk you through this somewhat difficult to watch early Carpenter fail. Though there is a catch as the guys point out… if not for Someone’s Watching Me! Carpenter might not have done such a great job on Halloween. With some characteristic Carpenter POV shots one might consider it a learning movie for the future master of horror. Combined that with the first collaboration between Adrienne Barbeau and John Carpenter, future lovers, and you have a movie that is at the very least important to the Carpenter legacy.
Never trust a movie with an exclamation point in the title, and maybe, as Jeff points out, never trust a script written solely by John Carpenter. Don’t worry too much about the spoilers for this one guys. It spoils itself with some of the worst dialogue in a movie, TV or otherwise.
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