Lender and Wright’s Comedy, Horror “They’re Watching”
Lender and Wright’s “They’re Watching” Film Details:
Writers: Jay Lender, Micah Wright
Release Date: March 25, 2016
Release Format: Theatrical
MPAA Rating: Not yet Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
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.
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A film crew travels to the small, quiet Eastern European village of Boldolva to view the renovations of a home that was once abandoned and destroyed. The home’s new owner, Becky Westlake (Bridgid Brannagh). Invites an American home improvement TV show film crew to view her home and showcase it on the show. However, this business-leisure trip turns into a nightmare, when our American guests disrupts the peace and solitude of the village’s residents. When they’ve realized they have long-since over welcomed their stay, the film crew scurries to wrap up the filming and hurry out of there before they do anything else to piss off the villagers. However, they are a little too late.
“They’re Watching” was not bad…but it could have been better. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind film, that’s for sure. It takes a unique found footage/behind the scenes approach, while being a normal film all at the same time. There’s a lot of lingering in the film that leaves you feeling anxious to get to the point. The main event doesn’t come until about the last 20-30 minutes of the film. The upside is that the lingering isn’t exactly bad. The film crew hanging out, filming random people, making jokes, and having laughs. So, it certainly doesn’t make for a boring wait. Once the main event finally begins, you will not be disappointed.
“They’re Watching” definitely had a great plot going. It just took a while to build up. The jokes that were being made in the film were pretty funny. Had me chuckling a few times.
There is no scare factor at all in “They’re Watching”. The performances weren’t horrible, but they could have been better. Once again, the wait time to get to the main event wasn’t bad, but also wasn’t necessary. I feel as though so much more could have been done to make “They’re Watching” more live and action-packed rather than just a film crew joking around and filming random things.
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