Often feels like the film De Palma never made, but fissures of blatant societal negligence, injustice, and horror are often sewn-in via perpetual suspense as only Carpenter... There are also moments of unexpected hilarity. Lauren Hutton absolutely slays. Masterpiece.
Carpenter fans, seek this one out: a rare TV movie that serves as a dynamic B-side to Halloween. It doesn't have CinemaScope or a Carpenter score, but it's got his most Hawksian heroine, a fine jump scare, some nice nods to Hitchcock, a positively portrayed openly gay woman (on TV in 1978!), and a knowing way of contrasting a stalker thriller with everyday unwanted male attention. A hidden gem of his classic period.
A little corny, especially with Lauren Hutton's constant one-liners. But it's notable for the Carpenter elements. There's the mysterious outside evil attacking a person or group of people barricaded inside a building, and a lot of the visual elements appear have been practice for Halloween.
Womyns Thriller!! I still can't believe they killed a certain character off but it wasn't disrespectful for once even tho it knocked it down a star because I loved her :(. But this is really so fucking good...
3-3.5. An engaging explication on the nature of seeing, especially in a horror context. It nods to Hitchcock thrillers like 'North by Northwest' and (especially) 'Rear Window', but fits Carpenter's singular devotion to invasion as a theme. It also doesn't go TOO hard at the phallic women thing, even with the protag's 'masculine' eye, which grants her the drive to see through the man watching her.