A Stranger Is Watching (film)

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A Stranger Is Watching
Film poster
Directed bySean S. Cunningham
Produced bySidney Beckerman
Screenplay byEarl Mac Rauch
Victor Miller
Based onA Stranger is Watching
by Mary Higgins Clark
StarringKate Mulgrew
Rip Torn
James Naughton
Shawn von Schreiber
Barbara Baxley
Music byLalo Schifrin
CinematographyBarry Abrams
Edited bySusan E. Cunningham
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • January 22, 1982 (1982-01-22)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,519,559[1]

A Stranger is Watching is a 1982 American horror film directed by Sean S. Cunningham.[2] The screenplay was written by Earl Mac Rauch and Victor Miller, based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Mary Higgins Clark.


Steve Peterson's wife Nina is murdered in front of their young daughter Julie. Three years later, Julie and Peterson's new girlfriend Sharon Martin are kidnapped by the same killer, the psychotic Artie Taggart. Taggart imprisons them in a bunker below Grand Central Station, throwing 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."[3]


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

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