Take a Drink: every time “The Operator” shows up on screen.
Take a Drink: every time Milo screams like a little girl.
Do a Shot: for each jump scare.
Take a Drink: each time someone is “branded”.
Do a Shot: for love triangles.
By: Frankie B. (Five Beers) –
When this movie was presented me, all I saw was “cult horror film”, which usually means that I am going to watch the movie no matter what. I should have learned my lesson after having to endure Incall. Also, I probably should have realized what I was in for when I saw that this movie was based on a YouTube webseries. A red flag also may have been raised when I realized that the character on the artwork for the poster looks exactly like The Slender Man.
Always Watching centers around a reporter, Sara (Alexandra Breckenridge), her producer, Charlie (Jake McDorman), and her cameraman, Milo (Chris Marquette), as they follow a company that cleans out foreclosed homes. A discovery in one of the homes leads them to uncovering “The Operator”, a mysterious figure that can only be seen using a camera. They are soon fighting for their lives and unraveling the mystery of a family that suddenly vanished in the middle of the night.
The best thing that I can say about this movie is that it at least tried to be scary. It wasn’t, but it sure tried to be. When the most horrific thing in your movie is a dog dying off-screen in its sleep, you are not winning the horror game.
You have a whole webseries dedicated to the character of The Slender Man. I’m sorry, I meant to say “The Operator”, and this is the best movie you could come up with. The Operator is just painfully generic; it’s kind of depressing every time that you see him. I kept thinking that his costume was incomplete; a dude with a spandex mask on… bone chilling stuff. They should have tried something fresh and new, not just throwing a bigger budget version of the webseries on the big screen.
Killing a dog and a kid in the same movie? That’s pretty fucking bold for a mediocre horror movie. I like the attempt at being bold, but it was still pretty awful.
If you were to get Paranormal Activity and Sinister to drunkenly hook up, Always Watching would be its bastard lovechild. It’s as if you mashed those two movies together and then removed all of the good parts. Remove the overall sense of dread, creepy death sequences, and effective characters, and you are left with Always Watching.
As a viewer, I can say that I did not give a shit about any of the characters in this movie. Not one. Except the dog. You fucked up by killing the dog, just sayin’.
You could watch this, or you could just go and watch the webseries on YouTube. Your call. I’d choose to go watch Russian twerking videos or something, but that’s me.