I’ve never really been the biggest fan of comedy/horror or the ‘dark comedy’ genre. I find it hard to split the direction of a film and enjoy it at the same time!
Every now and again I do manage to find a title that splits genres and still manages to remain a ‘stable’ watch – like They’re Watching for example.
I’d been aware of it for about a month now but the Comedy|Horror|Thriller listing on Putlocker kind of put me off.
If anything I blame the new X-Files series – I had just finished watching the third ( Entirely crap and comical ) episode when I first stumbled across this!
But I was pretty much wrong about They’re Watching and I realized this about 5 minutes into the viewing.
I got a feeling it could turn out to be one of those ‘cult classics’.
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 unfortunately two members of the crew manage to interrupt a rather rustic religious ritual in the local church – and things really start to kick off!
The once sleepy little European village suddenly turns into a homicidal snake pit – what is behind this strange behavior?
The Big Boys
What I can never understand about the ‘big boy’ film critic websites is how far away from my views they tend to land.
Take this film for example – I found it a thoroughly enjoyable experience with a really fresh dynamic thrown in for good measure.
When I enjoy a Found Footage title like this I immediately do a quick search thinking “well they can’t shit all over this one – it’s a pretty cool film”.
99% of the time I’m completely wrong – they hate Found Footage and they always will!
I have an awful feeling that this film will never get the audience it’s deserves due to the first handful of reviews provided by a simple ‘they’re watching 2016 movie review’ Google search.
This site tends to rank well so with a bit of luck it’ll end up in between these negative reviews ( so share, share, share it – Google pays attention to social signals! ).
Check this out…
They’re Watching (2016) – Rotten Tomatoes: 43%
They’re Watching Movie Review (2016) | Roger Ebert – One and a half stars…presumably out of five!
They’re Watching · Film Review They’re Watching – Two out of five stars
The list goes on and on…
This certainly is NOT a bad film and to give it a rating as low as 1.5 stars ( Glenn Kenny you clueless prick from Roger Ebert ) is nothing short than retarded.
As I touched on in the intro to this review – getting me to watch AND enjoy a dark comedy/horror is a really hard task.
Co-writers and co-directors Jay Lender and Micah Wright have given the movie a sort of ‘graphic novel’ styled feel – and it works without really trying.
The cast were great, the location was spot on and provided sound cinematography and the CGI was extremely impressive at times.
Okay, so the plot was a little thin – but how often does that work in a Found Footage title’s favor?
More often than not!!!
This was a really fun experience that I wished I’d taken the time to watch when it first came out ( I’m about two months behind with this review! ).
Don’t believe the hype – this is worthwhile!