31 Days of Hallowe’en 2022, Day 2: Watcher [2022]


After Hatching, I’m tempted to make this year a month of just one-word movie titles directed by women. Heh. Though, honestly, just continuing to do this year after year seems consuming enough, even if covid has made me into a weird little hermit.

Tonight’s film was Watcher, written and directed by Chloe Okuno (and based on an original screenplay by Zack Ford). Maika Monroe (who’s really earned her modern-day Scream Queen mantle after It Follows and The Guest) stars as Julia, an ex-actress who moves to Bucharest with her husband Francis (Karl Glusman) for his job. Left alone all day (and some evenings) in a plush furnished flat and with a language barrier she’s slowly trying to overcome, Julia senses she’s being stalked and watched by a neighbour she fears might be behind a series of gruesome neighbourhood murders.

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