HE’S WATCHING is a new horror movie shot at home and using family members and friends, of the writer-director, as the cast. It’s off to a great start but does lose itself a bit too much in the second half. Read our full He’s Watching movie review here!

HE’S WATCHING is a new horror movie out on VOD now. This movie is yet another example of how you can do a lot with a little. You just need talent and passion for the project.

That’s something this new horror movie has in spades. I was extremely impressed (yes, really!) during the first half of this movie. To me, the second half just feels like a whole new vibe and style of storytelling. I’m afraid this ruined the overall movie-watching experience for me.

Continue reading our He’s Watching movie review below.

Good and bad, but very impressive

He’s Watching was shot in the home of the writer-director during lockdown. And I have to say, it’s impressive in how it builds and creates horror in very familiar surroundings.

Well, okay, it’s not shot entirely at home since they also have amazing shots of empty cities. Something you never see in big cities, but you definitely did in those early days of the pandemic.

For any horror fan, this is the familiar look of a post-apocalyptics world, so it evokes those feelings of the unknown and very dangerous.

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For the record, there is also a pandemic in He’s Watching, but it’s not the one we’ve all been going through here. This one is even more of a horror show.

As the cast, we see the family members and friends of the writer-director. In particular, his daughter and son, deliver some very impressive performances. Both by showing that classic sibling relationship that includes caring and constant rivalry. But also when it comes to the straight-up horror of this story.

For me, the more “artsy” (for the lack of a better term) style in the second half of He’s Watching just lost me. Also, I immediately miss the style from the first half. It is just never good to finish on a bad note. Always surprise positively at the end and you’ll win me over.

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The writer and director of He’s Watching is Jacob Estes who also wrote and directed the 2004 movie Mean Creek. One I would definitely recommend checking out, if you haven’t already.

The kids (played by the real-life children of the writer-director) were brilliant and you’ll be able to remember their names since they use their real names; Iris and Lucas. Their full names are Iris Serena Estes and Lucas Steele Estes. Everyone seem to really be loving this project.

The sheer passion and love for filmmaking, that you feel from everyone involved is definitely enough reason to check out this movie. Just be ready to enjoy one part more than the other. For me, the first part of he’s Watching was at a 4 out of 5 level. The last part was only at 2 out of 5 for me.

He’s Watching is out on VOD from July 21, 2022.

Details

Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
Writer: Jacob Aaron Estes
Cast: Iris Serena Estes, Lucas Steel Estes, Gretchen Lieberum

Plot

When happy-go-lucky siblings Iris and Lucas (playing fictionalized versions of themselves) are left alone while their parents recover from an illness, a series of playful pranks they play on each other escalate when they start receiving unsettling images and videos on their phones. With the incoming messages becoming increasingly nightmarish, Iris and Lucas realize something sinister has taken root in their home.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
Karina "ScreamQueen" Adelgaard