Watcher

As a serial killer stalks the city, Julia — a young actress who just moved to town with her husband — notices a mysterious stranger watching her from across the street.

  • Released: 2022-06-03
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thrillers
  • Stars: Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman, Tudor Petruț, Gabriela Butuc, Madalina Anea, Cristina Deleanu, Bogdan Farcaș, Daniel Nuță, Ioana Abur, Flaviu Crisan, Ștefan Iancu, Florian Ghimpu, Lucian Ionescu, Radu Bunescu, Alexandru Ion, Ciprian Chiriches, Ionut Grama, Simona Pătruleasa, Ioana Hirica, Alice Cora Mihalache, Aida Economu, Andreea Sovan, Adrian Radulescu, Petre Moraru, Marius Cobzariu
  • Director: Chloe Okuno
 Comments
  • WarpedRecord - 10 January 2023
    Well worth watchering
    I was not expecting this to be that good, but it was excellent. As a horror film this is merely decent, but as a rumination on loneliness and isolation it is superb.

    The lead actress was outstanding, never overdoing her character but letting gestures and facial expressions communicate the inner angst of a stranger in a strange land, trying to learn a new language and assimilate into a foreign culture. There's a scene toward the end of the film that will stick with me for a long time, where her fiance ridicules her in front of his colleagues, thinking she does not understand the language. Well, she does.

    The cinematography was wonderful too. I had to freeze several scenes because they were so well composed.

    Highly recommended.
  • Taaneekaa - 2 January 2023
    The husband is a piece of shiiiii
    Dear women, if your husband doesn't believe you that someone is stalking you and questions your sanity, then leave him. Trust me, I'm not the one who gives "this or that" advices to people but if your husband/boyfriend makes fun of your "getting stalked" fears and apprehensions, then no matter how lovable he "acts" he doesn't deserve to be your partner, period! The husband not only dismisses Julia's (female protagonist) fears and worries but also jokes about her in front of his colleagues AND THAT TOO in his language. It's the highest form of disrespect, PERIOD!

    Now, coming to the screenplay, it was more gloomy/melancholic than it was thrilling or exciting. That bored me and I was just looking at the screen for something to happen. I enjoy slow burn but this movie is just slow lol and gives nothing in that period honestly. Only the last 20-15 mins is kinda better. The atmosphere was depressing mostly because you're seeing two people (the wife and husband) with the most boring lives ever. I can't believe someone would enjoy this lifestyle but to each its own. But it was so sad that I had to watch uplifting videos after it.
  • kjjames81 - 1 January 2023
    Another okay film but with flaws.
    This is the second movie I watched last night, on New Years Eve and I came away thinking it was slightly better than The Apology but not by much.

    This is why I gave this movie the same score as the previous film.

    The acting was okay, I wasn't taken by the main actress, The storyline was interesting, wish we were shown more from the serial killers point of view, this would have made the film a lot better.

    The best parts in this movie were the actor who played the serial killer, sorry I cannot think of his name now but a very good roll that suited him.

    The last twenty minutes were the best of the film, this is where most of the tension stayed in the movie.

    Overall another okay movie ruined by a weak script.
  • sarisled-05918 - 30 December 2022
    Stop
    This is so bad. The acting is ridiculous. The movie is unwatchable. Called the watcher but unwatchable.

    How could someone act so badly and still be cast in a movie. And how come anyone can direct a movie these days. Everyone is worried about the husband but clearly they missed the whole clownfest going on behind the husbands limited screentime. Overuse of the talking scene overuse of the watching scene overuse of the scremaing scene overuse of the bawling scene, overuse of the ridiculous scenes overuse if the walking scene , overuse of the killing scene , overuse of the filming scene, its an overused movie compelety. Its not that its boring its so dumb. I am going to confess that I have higher intelligence than this, thats why its not good. For everyone who liked it , its clearly the opposite.
  • tchitouniaram - 27 December 2022
    nothing
    Really new or extraordinary , but this modern variation of the Hitchcockian Polanski style plays out quite nicely ! All in all , decent one time watch!

    Really new or extraordinary , but this modern variation of the Hitchcockian Polanski style plays out quite nicely ! All in all , decent one time watch!really new or extraordinary , but this modern variation of the Hitchcockian Polanski style plays out quite nicely ! All in all , decent one time watch!really new or extraordinary , but this modern variation of the Hitchcockian Polanski style plays out quite nicely ! All in all , decent one time watch!
  • griffithxjohnson - 27 December 2022
    Minimally well crafted
    Slow paced & slightly underwhelming, but very well crafted to bring the fear of isolation to life. Genuinely creepy & great uses of misdirection. Good editing & surprisingly beautiful shots. But doesn't quite reach its potential.

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    . Slow paced & slightly underwhelming, but very well crafted to bring the fear of isolation to life. Genuinely creepy & great uses of misdirection. Good editing & surprisingly beautiful shots. But doesn't quite reach its potential.

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    . Slow paced & slightly underwhelming, but very well crafted to bring the fear of isolation to life. Genuinely creepy & great uses of misdirection. Good editing & surprisingly beautiful shots. But doesn't quite reach its potential.
  • SnoopyStyle - 9 December 2022
    good indie horror
    American married couple Julia (Maika Monroe) and Francis (Karl Glusman) have moved to Bucharest. His mother is Romanian. She barely speaks a word of Romanian. In their new home, she notices a man (Burn Gorman) watching from an opposite apartment.

    This is a good indie horror. I would call it a thriller, but it's not really an exciting film. It starts with the incomprehensible foreign language. Romanian is not one of the more widely known and it sounds foreign. There are no words or phrases to catch and hold onto. It's really foreign and that disassociates me from the setting. It's disconcerting and that's a good start to creating this paranoid feeling. The setup reminds me of Rear Window, but the situation is reversed. This is much more about the male gaze. It is the uncomfortable feeling of being watched. Director Chloe Okuno really captures the sense of female dread.
  • danielcereto - 2 December 2022
    Boring
    The movie starts in a good way but then sinks by itself.

    First, the script is full of cliches and a lot of incoherent dumb situations. Second, there are some strange people showing up and disappearing for no reason. Last, nothing new happens in the whole movie. Pretty boring from beginning till the end. Predictable and easy to forget.

    To add, I don't understand why all the Rumanian dialogues are not translated. Almost 20 minutes in total without knowing what are they talking about. Why? A total failure.

    So, I just recommend to skip this one and go for a walk. Healthier to your mind and your body.
  • jadavix - 1 December 2022
    Baggy thriller, long-winded and with a non-threatening villain
    Few things are more fatal to a thriller than bagginess. Chloe Okuno's movie "Watcher" could have been made, more effectively, in half an hour. Everything else just feels like passing the time, waiting for something to happen.

    And very little does. There's not a whole lot to remember about this movie. It's well made, acted and shot, don't get me wrong. It's atmospheric. These pluses open the door for something really shocking or nerve-wracking that never emerges through it.

    The main "threat" in the movie never really feels like one. When we see the guy, he seems less dangerous than strange, kind of like Dustin Hoffman in "Rain Man". Burn Gorman can convey weirdness but not danger, it seems. Or perhaps the screenplay just doesn't let him really seem like a threat?

    I didn't really get why she was so freaked out by him.
  • ethanbresnett - 16 November 2022
    Understated and clinical thriller
    Watcher is a slow but engaging film, brimming with suspense and tension.

    The story is largely unremarkable it must be said, with a not unfamiliar central concept. However the method of story telling and the style make Watcher a rich viewing experience.

    It is a clinical, atmospheric piece with suspense and tension cultivated perfectly.

    This is in no small part due to the fantastic lead performance from Maika Monroe, who is instantly relatable and easy to connect to.

    Visually I found Watcher to be a real treat. The ambience that was created through the setting was fantastic.

    Watcher is one of those films that is about the journey not the destination. The end is somewhat predictable, but the way we navigate to that point is carefully considered and very well executed. If you enjoy your thrillers on the slow and understated side then Watcher will be right up your street.
  • naufalziqri - 14 November 2022
    Totally caught me off guard
    Let me preface by saying I had the intention of playing this movie as a backnoise as a play among us... but damn, it really took me by surprise.

    Technical wise, this movie was gorgeous. It was captivating and i don't think any part of the movie necessarily bored me. The first half of it was pretty typical of a horror movie. There was a point in which i thought this was gonna be one of those "the protagonist was the villain all along" which was sorta proven to be kinda right...ish. But then the main character's paranoia was proven to be right.

    This was a genius movie from the writer as he made the audience (or at least me) doubt the main character. It really gave the reveal so much more impact. Also a little note, that scene of the neighbor's decapitated body was the highlight of the movie as i did not expect that at all.

    All in all, i think this movie's supposed to be a representation of how women are often belittled and their worries are often shrugged off. Great execution, message received. This was a great movie.
  • gillianrice-65606 - 11 November 2022
    Intense! I was captivated
    I loved this movie! I felt the intensity like it was me being stalked! It's a bit slow at the beginning but that's what makes it great. It builds up perfectly!

    Every woman can relate to this film I think. I'm always paranoid if a man walks behind me. This film plays on that feeling. Also the isolation she's feeling from moving to a different country. The confusion one would feel mixed with the paranoia. I would watch this film again and I'm adding it to my collection when it comes out on blue ray. Everyone in the film was great! I think everyone should watch or go to the cinema to see it!

    Bravo to the director and the lead actress specifically.
  • DoNotComeToTheCinemaDepressed - 9 November 2022
    WHAT AN ENDING! JUST WOAH 👌
    I Honestly Thought this Movie was Going to End with One of Those Rare Super Depressing Endings and Thought to Myself, Woah they are actually Going to Do That? AND THEN BOOM! It Turns Again!

    Elements of the Movie -

    1. The Lead Actress is Good, She Completely Sells that she Is creeped out about this Situation.

    2. The Multiple Window Stare Scenes Create that Creepy Atmosphere.

    3. The Parts Where Many other Characters Speak Romanian and She Doesn't Really Understand what they are saying also adds to the Atmosphere of the Whole Thing. I thought it was a Brilliant Element.

    4. That Dude is Creepy as Hell 😬

    5. What was in His Bag? 😳

    6. Train Scene Was Creepy as Hell, that Dude is Super Creepy.

    7. THAT ENDING

    8. Her STARE at the Boyfriend at the End, after all of what was Going on and What he Said Throughout was Just Mwah. 👌 Excellent Touch

    Overall, the Movie is Air Tight and that Ending Completely Caught Me Off Guard.
  • CinemaSerf - 9 November 2022
    Watcher
    "Julia" (Maika Monroe) and her husband "Francis" (Karl Glusman) relocate from New York to his native Romania so he can take up a job in Bucharest. She has not a word of the native language, and so is pretty much on the back foot from the start as he goes to work each day leaving her to fend for herself. It's when she is looking out of their window one evening that she thinks she spots someone staring back at her. She waves, it waves back... What's going on? Is it just a bored next door neighbour or is something more dastardly afoot? Things become more sister for her when, returning home one night with her husband, she learns of the gruesome murder of a young woman nearby. Chloe Okuno does a decent job at creating and sustaining a certain sense of menace here. It's added by a decent script and a solid effort from Monroe as the increasingly paranoid woman who may be in great danger, or who may just have a very vivid imagination! I wasn't mad on the ending - it very nearly worked but I felt it hadn't quite the courage of what would have been a far more fitting conviction. It's not a great film, no - but it uses our imagination to do much of the work here and at times is really quite effective and certainly it is a bit different from a psychological perspective.