A Stranger Is Watching (film)

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A Stranger Is Watching
Film poster
Directed by Sean S. Cunningham
Produced by Sidney Beckerman
Screenplay by Earl Mac Rauch
Victor Miller
Based on A Stranger is Watching
by Mary Higgins Clark
Starring Kate Mulgrew
Rip Torn
James Naughton
Shawn von Schreiber
Barbara Baxley
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Barry Abrams
Edited by Susan E. Cunningham
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • January 22, 1982 (1982-01-22)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Stranger is Watching is a 1982 American horror film directed by Sean S. Cunningham.[1] The screenplay was written by Earl Mac Rauch and Victor Miller, based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Mary Higgins Clark.


Three years after Steve Peterson's wife, Nina, was murdered in front of their 11-year-old daughter Julie, she and his new girlfriend Sharon Martin are kidnapped by the same killer, the psychotic Artie Taggart. Imprisoning them in a bunker below Grand Central Station, he throws the police into a race against time to save the girl.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie gave the film a mildly favorable review, writing "Sean Cunningham's first post-Friday the 13th film was shrugged off by most critics, but it is better than its reputation might lead one to believe."[2]


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (January 22, 1982). "New York Times movie review". The New York Times. [dead link]
  2. ^ Guarisco, Donald. "A Stranger Is Watching - Review". Allmovie. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

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