Watch Over Us opens with the thrill-a-minute action of a bald dude getting turned down for various jobs (he sucks at online dating too because I know you were wondering about that). As heart-stoppingly exciting as that is, we must move on…and we do, as our chrome-domed hero returns home (a dwelling that actually belongs to his invalid father) to eat dinner with his daughters…a dinner that is interrupted by otherworldly sounds and mini-tremors…an event we learn happens frequently. Anyway, the sinister shenanigans continue, but ol’ Daddy Nobucks refuses to move his ever freaked out girls the hell out in a shocking (and probably prosecutable given what’s to follow) case of bad parenting. Before long, the family calls in a priest to investigate the old barn on the property that appears to be the source of the disturbance and a family satanic secret is revealed!
Watch Over Us is a real surprise of a fright flick. Utilizing minimalist effects, a small group of characters, and a lower budget, the film nevertheless delivers an excellent slow burn supernatural experience that seems much bigger than it is, which is aided in no small part by some ace cinematography (including the use of a drone), and some smart lighting choices. Also of note is the strong acting from, with Daniel link proving to be a multi-faceted lead as the patriarch Jon who finds himself in too far over his head in preternatural phenomena.
On the downside (kinda) is the fact that this flick is barely feature length. Clocking in at just shy of seventy minutes (and yes, that includes credits) I definitely think the film could have benefited from a few extra minutes of build up before we are introduced to the outre biz at hand (yeah, I can barely believe I said that I wanted more time to elapse before we get to the monstrous meat n’ potatoes of a fright flick), but as it is, it doesn’t take much away from the story…it just doesn’t give us much of a chance to get acclimated to the characters in their “real world” lives before we see how they react to the bizarre.
To put a nice lil’ bow on the whole affair, Watch Over Us is a terror trip into the demonic depths that one family can sink to and the horrific consequences it can have…and it’s a trip well worth taking!
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