They’re Watching – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43% (Critics) / 48% (Audience)
Directed By: Jay Lender and Micah Wright
Written By: Jay Lender and Micah Wright
Starring: Brigid Brannagh, David Alpay, Carrie Genzel, Kris Lemche and Mia Faith
Studio: Best Served Cold Productions
Synopsis: 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. – (Source)


The Good:
The cast had a pretty easy chemistry with one another and a couple of the characters were really funny, namely Dimitri Diatchenko as Vladimir, a boisterous real estate agent and Kris Lemche as Alex, one of the reality show’s cameramen. I also loved Carrie Genzel’s bitchy turn as the mean girl host of the show.
And the final third of this movie is just an insane joy ride that flips the entire movie on its head and doesn’t let up till the credits roll.

The Bad:
The bulk of the movie is basically a backstage sitcom look at the making of one of those TLC shows and, aside from a few funny moments and the prerequisite dropping of tidbits to develop the witch lore at the heart of the film, nothing much really happens. Things tend to drag at times and a romantic subplot between two of the crew really doesn’t deliver at all.

The Ugly:
Opening the movie with a flash forward to the death of one of the main characters may have seemed like a bold move when the folks behind this movie made the decision to do it but in the end it just really hurt the film by taking away what would have been a very shocking and unexpected death based on what had come before.

Final Verdict: A interesting premise that spends way to much time on setting things up but once things heat up the movie becomes really enjoyable. So if you can trudge through the first hour or so the pay off is worth it. Too bad that pay-off is only around 20 minutes of the film’s running time.

Grade: C+

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