Following the naming convention of “It Follows,” “They’re Watching” looks to provide fun twists galore on the horror genre. Just check out the poster above to be reassured you are in for something unique with this one.
“They’re Watching” comes from the creative minds of Micah Wright and Jay Lender, the former of which has writing credits on many video games, including “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” and both of whom have contributed a significant amount to Nickelodeon programs. Based on their previous work, a horror movie seems like an unlikely path, but the film looks to be equal parts horror and comedy, with a plot that pits a home improvement TV show crew against a village of superstitious maniacs.
The official synopsis reads: “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.”
“We’ve been around the block,” Lender told Indiewire exclusively about the project. “We’ve done animation, comics, videogames, and most recently a WWII-themed graphic novel, ‘Duster.’ We’ve also written a bunch of screenplays, but we knew that coming from those other media we’d have a hard time convincing the live-action world to pay attention. So we decided to storm the gates and make a movie ourselves.”
Digging more into the film’s roots, Wright added, “Growing up in the 70s we were drowning in horror. And then there was that great cross-genre horror explosion of the late 70s and early 80s… ‘Alien,’ ‘Videodrome,’ ‘The Shining,’ ‘Evil Dead 2’, David Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly,’ ‘Friday the 13th,’ ‘Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Hellraiser,’ John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing.’ The list goes on and on. Masterpieces.”
“They’re Watching” is out in theaters and On Demand March 25. Check out the poster above.