The Watcher ★★½

The real story of the ‘Westfield Watcher’ is profoundly more disturbing, but this ‘inspired by’ flick turns out to be a decent low-budget thriller once it gets the bump-in-the-night spooky-house horror trappings out of its system, all noisy soundtrack and jump scares and misdirection.

Props must go to the film’s side-stepping of generic tedium with its flair for a quirky character or two (Denise Crosby is pitch perfect as a suspicious busybody neighbour), not to mention its portrayal of an interracial couple as no big thing, though it’s amazing that even has to be said in this day and age.