Dave Parker’s It Watches, Horror From An Internal Perspective
Dave Parker, Director
Ivan Djurovic (story and screenplay)
Dave Parker (story and screenplay)
Release Date: 6th December 2016
Release Format: Video on Demand
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 1h 26min
Andre, recovering from a recent accident, agrees to help his friend Robert by taking over a house-sitting job at a creepy home nestled in the hills above Los Angeles. As night comes, the house reveals its insidious nature as Andre begins hearing ominous sounds and experiencing strange occurrences throughout the house that lead him to believe he is not alone, and that someone, or something is in the house with him.
The supernatural is a fundamental, recurring theme within the found footage Horror. In Dave Parker’s latest release; It Watches the central Horror lies with internal monsters.
It Watches puts the classic haunted story into a modern setting. A suburban Los Angles serve as the surrounding environment. The terror lurking within the abode is not taken from a time-tested playbook.
As with most found footage films, attention resides on a limited cast. For the majority of the film co-writer/actor Ivan Djurovic offers a solo performance. Andre, the character Djurovic portrays has a basic yet complicated story.
To sum, Djurovic and Parker penned an interesting narrative. It Watches does not fall into typical processes in found footage films. The film offers a well thought out platform for an evil phantasm.
It Watches delivers a different artistic perspective. Although the production sways in the conventional found footage feel it doesn’t linger. The account does not unfold before the camera lens. Instead, the first person perspective serves as an extension of the narrative. Audiences will not endure an amateurish shaky handheld presentation. This is most fortunate for sensitive viewers suffering from vertigo.
Speaking of which, It Watches sits comfortable with a Hitchcockian descriptive. The horror is literal and figurative. A level of suspense has a multi-level presence. Audiences will try their best solve the unfolding events.
The narrative ventures in different directions each hinting on possible outcomes. Hints of the supernatural and hints of an urban legend slasher develop in Act II. Once in fruition, It Watches toys with suspenseful moments.
Is the film a supernatural thriller? Is the film a psychological thriller? The defining moment is the dramatic reveal within the closing minutes of Act III.
The composition has a good pace. The script is well-written with defining significance. As for the portrayals, each performer displayed refined skill in his and her abilities. Each character is interesting and contributes to the story. Andre, the protagonist has just enough information to maintain a connection with the audience.
At first glance, the film begins with traditional found footage approach. In Act I presented are cheap scare gimmicks and a basic foundation. Yet, by the mid-point in Act II a storyline develops and captures attention.
The first person perspective was not necessary. The mere venture into this realm dilutes a solid tension-filled presentation. Also, the pace of the film felt muddled with unnecessary presentations. A walkthrough of the home, checking the contents of the fridge, smoking weed. These scenes were monotonous and didn’t have the impact as intended.
The narrative failed to venture deeper at the core. Audiences may find the finale hard to accept. Raised are more questions that answers. If suspicions were evident why wait to concoct a resolution? How did the supporting characters gain suspicion? The problem addressed seem too elaborate. Although clever, the ending is not realistic. Even so, the narrative does make for a suspenseful Thriller.Rating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive