The Stranger Within

Synopsis: An expectant mother begins acting strangely and doesn't know why. Gradually she starts to realize that her bizarre behavior is being controlled by her unborn baby.
Director(s): Lee Philips
Production: Live Home Video
74 min

Well, hello, handsome.

You're looking lovely as usual.

Mm. Thank you.

How have you been?

I've been well.

How are you feeling, Em?

Um, good.

Ready for tonight.

I'm not asking you

as your agent.

Ooh. Well, then,

I feel great.

Um, the baby's fine

and Robert's busy and...


You starting to show yet?

I don't know. You tell me.


What are we doing here?

You got any parts

for a fat lady?

Ha, ha.

What's the deal?

What, I need a reason

to see you?

Well, you did bring me out

of rehearsals on opening night.

It better be good.




No, it's, uh...

Never mind.


No, it's nothing.

It's nothing.

Good luck tonight.

He was just acting

really weird is all.

Emily, the guy has had

a crush on you

since he got you

your first movie in high school.



Focus on your outfit,

would you?

Oh, the shrink is jealous.

You like this dress?



What about...

this one?

Not really.

What about...

this one?



You like that better?

A little bit.

- You look great.

- Thank you.

- Were you nervous?

- I was.

I was nervous

at the beginning especially,

but then I kind of

got into a groove and it...

That's great.




So, so proud of you, kiddo.

Thank you.

Hey, did Michael ever turn up?


No, he didn't, and he's never

missed a premiere before,

so I think I'm gonna

give him a call.

Be right back.


Hi, this is

Michael, I'm not in.

Leave me a message

and I'll get back to you.

Hi, Michael,

it's me. Um...

Call me

when you get the chance.

I'm hoping you're all right.

Okay. Bye.

Excuse me,

I'm sorry to bother you,

but it's for my daughter.

She's such a fan of yours.

And she's got cancer.

Oh, I'm sorry.

Of course.

Thank you.

Here you go.

Thank you so much.

It's my pleasure.

It's a patient.

Could you hold a moment?

Thank you.

I'm so sorry.

Okay, but I'm taking the car,

and you owe me.

Big time.

Get out of here.

Love you.

Hi, this is

Michael, I'm not in.

Leave a message

and I'll get back to you.

What's going on with you? It's

not like you to not show up.

Anyway, for what's it's worth,

I missed you this evening.



I know about Sophie.

And I'm gonna

punish you for it.

All clear.

Moving to Section 3.

No sign of the perp.

We got a visual on the coffin.

We learned it

was an anonymous tip

that led investigators

to an industrial complex

where acclaimed Hollywood

actress Emily Moore

was found in a coffin.

Police say that she is

suffering from severe shock.

Her kidnapper

is still at large.

I spent five days

in a body bag.

The things that he did to me...

I thought I was gonna die.

I just...

I just wanna have

a normal life.

I just want to get a movie

and have some focus.

I understand, Emily.

As your therapist,

I believe you need time

to process everything

you've been through.

You avoid talking

about the baby.

About losing it.

You need a break

before we go into that?


I'm so sorry I'm

late, I was with a patient.

Mm. I'm glad you're here.

Me too, babe.

I booked the tickets.

We're off to Spain.

You're so cute

when you're sleeping.

Oh, I was having a nightmare.

The usual?



I don't know why

I keep having it.


Okay, doctor.

But I'm not one

of your patients.

Are you sure no

one knows we're here?

What if he finds us?

There's no record of

us even coming to the island.

The house belongs

to friends of friends.

I haven't even met them.

Don't worry, baby,

you're safe.

Well, the house is beautiful.

Pretty cool, huh?

Wait till you see the inside.

After you.

So, what do you think?

It's beautiful.

Told you so.


I just wanted to say that, um,

I know I've been way too

focused on work lately,

and I'm really excited to spend

some time with you here alone.

Thanks, babe. Mm.

I think I'm gonna go exploring.

Okay, sounds great.

I'll catch up with you.

I'm gonna grab the other bags.



Incredible, huh?

We used to have a cliff

like this where I grew up.

You never told me that.

I tortured my parents

by threatening to jump.

A teenager's way

of getting attention.

I guess.

Sometimes I wish I had.

Then you'd be dead.

Then you would have had

a proper wife.

My life would be very boring.

I just wanna be normal again.

You'll get there, kiddo.

I promise.

We came out here as husband

and wife for a nice vacation.

I don't wanna be

a case study here is what...

Oh. I'm not turning it

into some case study.

I just need to get ahold

of myself, you know?

I survived.

End of story.

Well, that's...

That's great.

What? What's wrong?


I saw someone.

Are you okay?

I saw someone.


There's nobody out there.

It's okay.

I'm seeing things

that aren't there.

Listen to me,

what you're experiencing

right now is perfectly normal

for someone who's been

through something like this.

Healing is a process,

it takes time.

You're doing great.

You promise?


Trust me, okay?

There's no desperate fan

out there.

Except me, of course.

I don't think he was a fan.


In the kitchen.

Preparing your dinner.

You sleep okay?

What's wrong?

I heard the baby in...

In my dream.


I dream about him all the time.

Me too.

I'm so sorry I lost him.

It wasn't your fault.

Do you, um...

You want something

to help you relax?

Are you sure

that's a good idea?


Just a little something

to help take

the edge off. Okay?

I love you.

I love you more.


Robert, wake up.

I think there's

someone outside.

It's fine, baby,

it's those, um,

doors downstairs.

It's okay.



You have to help me.

Robert! No!

Listen to me.

Sleep okay?

Who was she?

It was, uh, some backpacker.

She was hiking

with her boyfriend

and there was an accident.

What kind of an accident?

He fell from a cliff.

Oh, my God.

Is he okay?

She tried to help him,

but unfortunately,

he didn't make it.

Well, what about her?

She all right?

Physically, yes,

but emotionally,

she's pretty shook up.

What about the family?

Have you contacted them?

That's complicated.

I'm not even sure

if she has one.



Here we go again.

This... There's not even

a hospital on this island, okay?

I'm concerned

she could be suicidal.


She could be dangerous.

How do you know

she's telling the truth?

I spent the entire night

with the authorities.

She's telling

the truth, trust me.

I think you should put her

on the next boat out.

I'm a psychiatrist.

You know what that means.

So now this is our problem.

Emily, be reasonable.

She's in a foreign country,

her boyfriend dies,

she runs into

some fellow Americans

and we tell her to f*** off?

How long is she staying,


What would you

like me to tell her?

"My wife's not well.

Go somewhere else

to kill yourself"?

You couldn't even spare

a couple weeks to be with me?

Her boyfriend

was killed last night.

That may be.

I will not refuse a human being

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Richard Matheson

Richard Burton Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is best known as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 science fiction horror vampire novel that has been adapted for the screen four times, as well as the movie Somewhere In Time for which Matheson wrote the screenplay, based on his novel Bid Time Return. Matheson also wrote 16 television episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "Steel". He adapted his 1971 short story "Duel" as a screenplay directed by a young Steven Spielberg, for the television film of the same name that year. Seven more of his novels or short stories have been adapted as major motion pictures — The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), A Stir of Echoes, Steel (filmed as Real Steel), and Button, Button. Lesser movies based on his work include two from his early noir novels — Cold Sweat, based on his novel Riding the Nightmare, and Les seins de glace (Icy Breasts), based on his novel Someone is Bleeding. more…

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