As a serial killer stalks the city, Julia – a young actress who just moved to town with her boyfriend – notices a mysterious stranger watching her from across the street in this terrifying thriller.
Chloe Okuno’s debut feature “Watcher,” a chilly tale of gaslighting that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, returns Maika Monroe to her rightful place as a horror-movie scream queen eight years after the premiere of “It Follows.” Genre stalwart IFC Midnight scooped the film out of this year’s (all-virtual) Sundance and will release it in theaters June 3. Watch the first trailer above.
Monroe stars as Julie, who joins her husband (Karl Glusman) when he has to relocate to his family’s native Romania for a new job. Julie only recently abandoned her acting career to follow him to Bucharest, and so she often finds herself alone, unoccupied and despondent amid the anonymous apartment complex that surrounds her. (The blank facades and crumbling interiors of the structures suggest corporate housing made after the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.) One night, while people-watching from her window, Julie sees a vague-looking figure watching her across the shaft in an adjacent building. Later, her sense of being followed intensifies, but by whom exactly remains unclear. All the while, a serial killer known as The Spider is stalking the streets, slashing women’s throats to the point of nearly beheading them.
Anything IFC Midnight automatically sign us up!