In some ways, Watcher (not to be confused with the Netflix series The Watcher), reminded me of Men, the film I featured yesterday, as they both feel like "Me Too" horror movies, centered on women terrorized by a man (or men), and whose terror is not believed by those around her.
Of course, none of that is exactly new in the realm of horror movies, and isn't just a reaction to Me Too. In fact, Watcher also brought to mind classics like Rear Window, Rosemary's Baby, and Repulsion, illustrating that its themes are not novel. Perhaps that should just serve as a reminder that the horror genre has often been a vehicle for channeling women's rage and frustrations.
Maika Monroe is excellent as Julia, a young wife stuck in Bucharest, where she does not know the language, after her Romanian-American husband (Karl Glusman) gets a job there. When she starts to notice someone staring at her from the building across from them, she begins to wonder if they may be more than just a voyeur.
I watched Watcher on Shudder.
This was okay. Was hoping for something more, I guess.
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