Monday, August 29, 2016

Movie review: They're Watching

Shooting film in a remote European village for their home improvement show, an American TV crew finds themselves the focus of hostility from the locals after interrupting a private religious ceremony.

Brigid Brannagh (Becky), Kris Lemche (Alex), David Alpay (Greg), Mia Faith (Sarah), Carrie Genzel (Kate), Dmitri Diatchenko (Vladimir), Christian Balint (Goran).

They're Watching begins with a glimpse of the ending before jumping into a home improvement reality show. Brief history and plot setup out of the way, the film shifts to current day with some more character introductions. After a long journey building suspense as the story plods along we finally start to sense something is wrong about an hour into the film. After some more plodding, things finally get interesting in the last 10 minutes as the film rushes to redeem itself.

Acting by Brannagh was good with nice delivery and authentic feel. Lemche was dark but good as always. Alpay was enjoyable despite not seeing a lot of him, as was Faith. The remainder of the cast were pretty good with decent delivery and fit.

Camera work was solid throughout. Sets and backgrounds were nice with good use of natural scenery. CGI and action scenes in the last 10 minutes of the film were fun and finally delivered what we came for. The blood spray and mutilations were particularly fun. Dialogue was a bit dry and lacking energy. Sound and soundtrack were typical horror movie fodder.

They're Watching is a tepid horror flick other than the last 10 minutes or so. Billed as a horror comedy, the humor just isn't that good and 10 minutes of horror does not a film make. If you want horror, skip this one and move along. If instead you enjoy suspense more than actual horror, check this one out.

With foul language, graphic violence, gore, and disturbing scenes, save this for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 8.9.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller, Horror Comedy

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