They're Watching (2016)
October 31, 2018 4:57 AM - Subscribe

An American TV crew gets trapped in a centuries-old web of revenge, horror, and blood, when their home improvement show is attacked by angry Eastern European villagers out to kill the show's star.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total)
On the one hand this is not that good of a movie.

On the other, it manages a spot-fucking-on parody of House Hunters International and then kills everyone involved horribly and I was 135% down with that.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:46 AM on October 31, 2018 [9 favorites]

Also the peculiar little blue cottage she moves into in Romania? That's very, very authentic. Those are all over the place in rural Transylvania.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:48 AM on October 31, 2018

44% on RT.

posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:34 PM on October 31, 2018

I enjoyed the Home and Garden network parody/imitation with creepy overtones (does anyone *like* those shows or are their fanbases one hundred percent hatewatching?), but then it made some very boring decisions on the monster. The witch ended up standard and full of misogynistic tropes, and the special effects were... well, they should have saved their money and stuck with the creepy atmospheric stuff.
posted by Scattercat at 4:59 PM on October 31, 2018

I mostly agree.

I really and truly wish that the homeowner hadn't turned out to be the witch, because the "Woe be unto you, culture tourists!" storyline would have been more resonant than go-around 35,987,152 on the "Backward Gypsy People Are Scary" train.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:24 PM on October 31, 2018

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