Feature Focus: ‘They’re Watching’

image.pngThis new Netflix original feature occupies a genre all its own, mixing horror elements from movies like The Blair Witch Project with stylized, over the top gore a la John Dies at the End. They’re Watching is a found-footage horror mockumentary that confidently walks the line between dark comedy/parody and cult horror, sometimes treading a little too far on one side but eventually balancing out into a kitschy, creepy occult treat.

imageThe movie starts off relatively uneventful with a group of young video documenters following a couple’s house renovation story in the remote woods of a small Eastern European village. Before visiting the recently renovated cottage, the group takes a tour of the eerie small town and its superstitious inhabitants and stumble on a dark secret that coincides with their local folklore and hysteria.

imageDelving further into the town’s sordid mystery with little more than a video camera and pithy sarcasm, the  unsuspecting group finds themselves in the midst of a sinister and supernatural plot bent on revenge and destruction.

imageThe story trudges on, slowly churning out more and more profanity and graphic violence until it crashes head first into a tremendous, eye-popping, lightning striking, first person blood bath of a conclusion. In the last fifteen minutes we are inundated with so much fantastical bloodshed and imagery that we are left thinking, “Did that just happen?”

imageThis kooky horror movie has some redeemable moments of low-brow humor between the heavy-handed occult references and fake blood, although the central characters, as well as the plot, are undeveloped and somewhat hackneyed. Overall, They’re Watching is a good scary flick pick if you’re looking for an occult mockumentary with some good giggles and gore. image.png

Comedy: ☠☠☠☠

Violence: ☠☠☠☠☠

Vulgarity: ☠☠☠☠☠

Plot: ☠☠☠

Overall: ☠☠☠☠


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