Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Are You In The House Alone Movie Review 223

Are You In The House Alone is a 1978 TV movie, directed by Walter Grauman who worked as a director on loads of TV shows such as Murder, She Wrote,Columbo and V. It stars Kathleen Beller , Blythe Danner and Dennis Quaid. It is based on the book of the same name written by Richard Peck.

Gail Osborne(Beller) is a high school student and she is with her pal Alison(Robin Mattson), her boyfriend Phil(Quaid) and Steve(Scott Columby). Steve and Gail hit it off and  they kiss and make a date to meet. Everything is going along very well until someone leaves a note in her locker at school saying 'I'm Watching You'. She is unnerved by this and she shows it to Alison who tells her it is just a prank by some idiot. Gail has to babysit a while later and someone calls the house she is in. He says that he is getting closer. She checks that everything in the house is locked. The owner of the house returns and Gail tells her that she had a strange phonecall. The owner tells her it was just a prank, but Gail isn't so sure.

She wonders if it might be her creepy teacher but she has no proof of that. Gail and Steve go to a party and Gail meets her ex, E.K(Randy Stumpf) and she wonders if he might be the one sending the notes. She gets another note and it upsets her. She tells her teacher, but nothing is done about it. Gail is suspicious of everyone. She shows the note to Steve and he thinks that E.K is the one doing it. She babysits again and this time she gets a call again. Steve is on the way over but Phil calls in. He tells her that he was supposed to meet Alison. He pretends to call her on the phone. It turns out that he is the one who was calling her etc. He attacks her and rapes her. The movie ends with Phil getting caught posting notes to another victim. His parents are wealthy so he is not punished properly and he disappears from the school.

If you are looking for a horror movie, then this isn't one. It is more of a drama/ thriller. There are some creepy scenes and tense moments, but it will not scare you. Just be aware of that. It was well acted and I really enjoyed it for what it is- an average TV movie. It is worth watching because it is a film you would not come across very often. I give it a 6/10.


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