Watchers (1988) Movie Review

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1988 | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
91 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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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.

Bottom line

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

Title: Watchers
Year: 1988
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
Starring: Michael Ironside, Corey Haim, Duncan Fraser, Frank C. Turner, Don S. Davis, Suzanne Ristic, William Samples, Dale Wilson, Blu Mankuma, Lou Bollo, Christopher Cary, Dan O'Dowd, Colleen Winton, Barbara Williams, Matt Hill, Andrew Markey, Norman Browning, Ghislaine Crawford, Lala Sloatman, Justine Crawford, Tong Lung, Keith Wardlow, Jason Priestley, Freda Perry, Phillip Wong, Sandy The Dog, Graeme Campbell
Writers: Dean R. Koontz, Bill Freed, Damian Lee
Director: Jon Hess