Body Double (1984) is a spellbinding suspense film directed by Brian DePalma, who borrowed heavily from masters like Alfred Hitchcock.
Jake Scully (played by Craig Wasson) comes home to find his girlfriend in bed with another man and he has to find a new place to live. In an acting workshop he meets fellow actor Sam Bouchard (Gregg Henry) who needs a house sitter. Both are pleased with the arrangement that will have Jake staying in the house and for a sweetener, Sam shows him his favorite hobby -- using a telescope to watch a well-built young woman (Deborah Shelton) who strips with her window open each night. Jake becomes obsessed with meeting her and one day while following her, he tries to recover her bag from a purse snatcher, but he is incapacitated by claustrophobia when the thief runs through a tunnel.
In one of the most creepy and original scenes I ever saw in a suspense film Jake telescopically views the bizarre power-drill murder of the young woman in her apartment. He soon discovers the police love to pin crimes on peeping Toms and he decides he must hunt down the killer himself. He enlists the help of porn star Holly Body (Melanie Griffith) and he gradually realizes that things are not as they seem because there are too many coincidences in the mystery. (Hint: pay attention to the movie title.)
The ending of the film is a series of surprises that move rapid-fire to the final twist of the last scene. If you enjoy a fingernail-biter laced with sexy images, phobia, voyeurism and romantic obsession, Body Double will leave you breathless.
Dressed To Kill and Obsession were other DePalma homages to the Alfred Hitchcock films Psycho and Vertigo. In addition DePalma's Blow Out was inspired by the Michaelangelo Antonioni classic suspense film Blow Up.
"The earth was made round so we can't see too far down the road and know what is coming." -- Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa