Personally, I think They’re Watching accomplished something few found footage directors manage to pull off. It wasn’t just an entertaining film, it featured sporadic action sequences in the first two acts, choosing to keep us invested throughout the entire film, as opposed to drawing out a tedious story, 30 minutes too long, only to deliver a 10 second finale in which we get a disappointing glimpse (at best) of the antagonist that’s supposed to be some petrifying single shot.
In such situations there’s little that can be done but laugh, and prior to screening this particular flick I wondered if I wasn’t wandering into the same trap that’s ensnared me on multiple occasions…
No. Director duo Jay Lender and Micah Wright keep the tension and unpredictability alive from the jump to the final credits, and it works. The finale itself is particularly insane (seriously, it’s probably the most insane finale to any found footage film in existence). But, we’re not going to dig too deep into plot details. Rather we’re simply going to suggest you check out this underrated gem (we’ll actually have a second review of the film going up later today!) now that it’s on Netflix.
The movie stars Mia Faith, Kris Lemche, David Alpay and Brigid Brannagh.
Dig on the trailer (and read my review of the film… ah hell, check out our interview with Jay Lender and Micah Wright, while you’re at it!) – hell, take a gander at our interview with ) before you leap all the way in:
Synopsis: When an American home improvement TV show visits a remote Eastern European village, the young crew thinks the lack of mocha lattés and free wifi will be the worst of their problems. But after their filming interrupts the superstitious villagers’ private religious ritual, the situation takes a turn for the homicidal… and when the blood starts flowing, that’s when things get really weird. With THEY’RE WATCHING, noted graphic novelists and animators Micah Wright and Jay Lender turn a classic horror premise upside down to create a fresh, funny, eye-popping twist on the genre.