Julia (Maika Monroe - It Follows) joins her husband (Karl Glusman - The Neon Demon) when he relocates to his family’s native Romania for a new job. Having recently abandoned her acting career, she finds herself frequently alone and unoccupied. One night, people-watching from her picture window, she spots a vague figure in an adjacent building, who seems to be looking back at her.
Soon after, while alone at a local movie theatre, Julia’s sense of being watched intensifies, and she becomes certain she’s being followed - could it be the same unknown neighbour? Meanwhile, a serial killer known as The Spider stalks the city. Plagued with lurking anxiety, is she imaging things, or are her ever-mounting fears warranted?
The debut film from Chloe Okuno is a sleek, remarkably assured thriller that puts a thoroughly modern spin on Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window. Featuring a superb cast including Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman and Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises), WATCHER was nominated for awards at Sundance and SXSW festivals, and won Best Feature at this year’s Boston Underground Film Festival.
With the forbidding Bucharest locations, a wonderfully atmospheric score by the brilliant Nathan Halpern (Emily The Criminal), and the tension escalated almost unbearably in the creepy and brutal climactic scenes, WATCHER is a sleek, superb thrill ride of a film.
- Audio Commentary by Director Chloe Okuno and Editor Michael Block
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