Synopsis:A boy takes in a stray dog, later finding out that its an ultra-intelligent runaway from a genetic research lab. Unknown to him, the dog is being stalked.
Jon Hess directed Watchers (1988) based on a novel by Dean R. Koontz. Watchers was nominated for best film and best performance by a younger actor courtesy of Corey Haim. Watchers grossed a little under $1 million at the US box office.
Watchers is about a young Travis (Corey Haim) who takes in a stray dog later to find out that this dog is unique. The dog is an extremely intelligent animal from a genetic research lab. The dog serves as a homing beacon and prey to a more nefarious beast hunting both the dog and anyone it comes in contact with.
I, too, am a huge fan of Dean Koontz. I saw "Watchers" before I read the book. I enjoyed the low-budget effort. However, it is painful to watch Corey Haim. Certainly, things must be modified to translate a book to film. I was not disappointed with this film totally. Other Koontz books, "Phantoms" and "Hideaway," were pretty good, and the TV mini-series of "Intensity" was also very good.
I enjoyed Watchers regardless, and that is most likely because I am a child of the 80s and nostalgia is playing a huge role there. I can appreciate low budget efforts and crappy special effects if there’s some substance. Not great, but the entertainment level met my needs. Giving a broader rating, however, I had to rate this film lower because it is just that bad.
About Watchers 1988
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Writers: Dean R. Koontz, Bill Freed, Damian Lee
Director: Jon Hess