Biri Beni Gözlüyor (1988)

Translated as Someone’s Watching Me, this movie is better known in the U.S. as the Turkish version of The Shining. A writer brings his wife and daughter to a remote island hotel — instead of the Overlook — to inspire his writing. Of course, the last writer who stayed there killed his whole family, so things don’t look like they’re going to go all that well.

While Stanley Kubrick spent $15 million on his film, Ömer Uğur spent around $15. What does that get you? Handwritten credits on cardboard, that’s what it gets you. It also gets you Tarick Tarkan as Hulki, which I guess is Turkish for Jack Torrance and Selin Dilmen as Leman, who was a model and probably too attractive to be the Shelley Duvall Wendy analog, but let’s be nice. Their child is named Ufuk and yes, he does wear a sweater and no, it does not have an Apollo rocket on it.

Shout out to Murat Tolga Şen and his site Öteki Sinema, which is a great resource for all things Turkish film. He suffered through this as much as I did, so don’t expect this to be a great inspired film on the order of Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam.

You can watch this on Daily Motion.

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