Turning up in odd places, calling into Julie’s radio program, he even fires a round of ammo at her when she leaves her bedroom curtains open.
Julie’s 14-year-old sticks with her, and her solicitous brother, Lloyd (Chris Sarandon), tries comforting her. She’s got an ex-b.f., cop Michael (James Read), trying to protect her, but he’s a fumbler in more ways than one.
Writer Pablo F. Fenjves, who knows his way around a vidscript, and novelist Stuart M. Kaminsky have toted up a collection of alternate suspects.
Director Nathaniel Gutman works effectively with shadows, using setups bound to alarm anyone tied up in the vidpic.
Van Ark does a good job with the damsel-in-distress routine. But it’s Lewis’ revengeful convict who chalks up the points ; whether it makes sense or not, he gives Parmenter a stolid, menacing approach that works . As his mother, Vivian Reis puts in a strong pitch, and Sarandon as the slick brother does well enough.
Young Kathryn Long, bearing a resemblance to Van Ark, plays Julie as a child admirably. Caterina Scorsone as daughter Angie, as well as Read and Flatman, serve ably; Frances Hyland, Julie’s child psychiatrist, supplies comfortable moments.
Designer Bill Beeton kicks up the worrisome flavor of the telepic with his Toronto locations, and Joao Fernandes’ sure-fire lensing, Louise Innes’ cunning editing, David Michael Frank’s eerie music (enhanced by Amy Sky’s vocalizing) sustain the anxious mood. It may be far-fetched formula drama, but it’s also a successful attention-getter. ]