Someone's Watching Me!

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For the song, see Somebody's Watching Me.
Someone's Watching Me!
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Directed by John Carpenter
Produced by Richard Kobritz
Anna Cottle
Written by John Carpenter
Starring Lauren Hutton
David Birney
Adrienne Barbeau
Music by Harry Sukman
Cinematography Robert B. Hauser
Edited by Jerry Taylor
Distributed by National Broadcasting Company (original airing)
Release date(s)
  • 1978 (1978)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Someone's 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 that pre-production began on Halloween. The film was produced by Warner Brothers and aired on NBC on November 29, 1978.


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 she's 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, this 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.
  • This was the first time Carpenter worked with Adrienne Barbeau, whom he married in 1979. Barbeau later starred in The Fog (1980) and had a supporting role in Escape from New York (1981).
  • John Carpenter was nominated for the 1979 Edgar Award of Best Television Feature or Miniseries for this film.

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