Watcher ★★★½

"Watcher" takes a stalker/serial killer story in a Romanian setting with elegant cinematography and a scream-queen-in-the-making turn from Maika Monroe. It's a slow-burning thriller that takes time to explore each side of being a "watcher"—stalking someone and having someone stalk you. While it is short in surprises storywise, the coldly unsettling atmosphere by director Chloe Okuno is well crafted.

Thriller films like this can be overdone and generic, and some plot beats in this film definitely feel familiar. But the film manages to offer a chilling and gripping experience infused with quiet, psychological torment. I do wish the climax was either bigger or at least more disturbing on a deeper level, but the entire film was packed with tension enough.

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