Television director Lauren Hutton is being stalked, spied on, and crank-called by an anonymous creep. The cops can't do much to help, but Lauren takes matters into her own hands with the help of boyfriend David Birney and lesbian coworker Adrienne Barbeau.John Carpenter wrote and directed this TV-movie before his hit Halloween, though it was televised a month after Halloween came out. It can therefore be seen as a good dry run for Halloween — Carpenter does a lot with even less onscreen violence — though viewers who happen to stumble upon it on cable and who don't appreciate Carpenter's participation may just consider it a better-than-average "jep" (woman-in-jeopardy) thriller.
There are Carpenter touches throughout — the mystery man popping up in backgrounds, Hutton losing her knife down a grate — but the movie sorely lacks Carpenter's customary ominous score and musical "stings"; Harry Sukman's wannabe-Herrmann score is cheesy at best. Fans of Carpenter and Halloween will certainly want to track this down, though.Carpenter's teleplay was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award — very likely the only time he'll be in competition with Nora Ephron for an award.