Chloe Okuno's lithe, atmospheric psychological chiller begins with the most fundamental and familiar of terrors: the feeling that, even when you're alone at home, you're somehow being watched. Usually it passes: for Julie (Maika Monroe), an American expat adrift in Bucharest after moving there for her husband's job, it builds.
Does it have anything to do with the shadowy figure in the window of the apartment opposite hers? Is he also following her around town? Is her insecurity in an unfamiliar city playing cruel tricks on her? Watcher cycles through possibilities of delusion, gaslighting and real peril that have long tormented female horror heroines, but calibrates them to an era of heightened scrutiny around women's experiences and testimonies of harassment. It's sharp, smart and icily frightening, with a superb performance from Monroe (It Follows, The Guest) that seals her scream-queen-for-the-new-millennium credentials.
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