A Stranger Is Watching (1982)
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as Artie Taggart
as Sharon Martin
as Julie Peterson
as Steve Peterson
as Ronald Thompson
as Bill Lufts
as Mrs. Lufts
as Detective Marlowe
as Videotape Technician
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★★ (out of four) Several years ago I read the suspense novel by Mary Higgins Clark entitled "A Stranmger is Watching". I liked the book a lot. It moved fast and was very suspenseful. Anytime you see the movie version later it is bound to be a disappointment since you have already seen in your mind how you believe things ought to be. Still, I hope the film versions at least hold on to essence of its source material. Rip Torn plays Artie Taggart, a homicidal maniac. He abducts a young girl and a television reporter (Kate Mulgrew) and hold them hostage for ranson in the catacombs beneath Grand Central Station in New York City. It's a great plot, but I really felt that it loses much of its suspense this translation. Had I not read the book before, would I feel the same way? I like to think so. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/StrangerisWatching_zpsd764b4f6.jpg[/IMG]
What started out as a strong thriller, falls to pieces towards the very end. This was the director of Friday the 13th(Sean S. Cunningham) shot at the big times with this adaptation of the Mary Higgins Clark novel(the second film attempt was the little seen, Where are the Children? from 1986 with Jill Clayburgh.)Here Rip Torn, a very underrated actor, chews the scenery as a kidnapper and murderer. He kidnapps reporter Kate Mulgrew and the daughter of her boyfriend. It becomes a race against time to save them both. The performaces by the others are good, and the musical score is effective-but the movie lacks bite. Could have been a great thriller.
An okay thriller, I thought it was going to be a horror movie from the title, but even though it was somewhat scary, it's a thriller, not a horror movie. The actors do a fine job, but they don't have much to do. The movie is entirely predictable. Overall, it's just okay.
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