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Highly Suspect Reviews: The Watchers

The Watchers Movie Review


Nepotism is alive and well with Ishana Shyamalan, daughter of M.Night Shyamalan, in her first feature film, The Watchers. Based on the book by A.M. Shine, the story follows grief stricken Mina, played by Dakota Fanning, as she wastes her days in a pet shop job that she doesn’t care about all the way in Galway, Ireland. As she dodges calls from her twin sister to work through their grief, Mina finds herself on a delivery job that takes her halfway around the country. While lost in a forest, she encounters strange noises and vibes and runs into Madeline, (Olwen Fouéré). Madeline commands her to follow her into the “Coop” before sundown where Mina meets her new roommates: Ciara (Georgina Campbell), and Daniel (Oliver Finnegan). They immediately stress to Mina that they need to stand at attention for the Watchers. They don’t know who or what they are, but they know they can’t leave the safe haven in fear of death. Shyamalan’s approach to this bottleneck horror/thriller is competent enough but doesn’t excite or thrill in all the right places. Listen as Wright, Kim, and Eric discuss the film and if it made them either want to watch The Watchers or just fly the coop.


DIRECTED BY: Ishana Night Shyamalan

STARRING: Dakota Fanning. Georgina Campbell, Oliver Finnegan, Olwen Fouéré, Alistair Brammer




” width=Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Trash in the Can, Audio Editor)

Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. He currently co-hosts with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright also guests and hosts reviews on Screener Squad and Highly Suspect Reviews as well as co-hosts Digital Noise with Chris Cox.



” width=Eric Samaniego (Trash in the Can, Highly Suspect Reviews)

Eric is a multi-award show watching, sometimes comedian, sometimes writer that began life as a Muppet and 1930’s screwball comedy obsessed goon and continues to carry a torch for all things felt and funny. With a passion for genre films, poor taste, and whiskey, he and co-conspirator, Wright Sulek, indulge in the best/worst films the world has to offer with One of Us’s podcast, ‘Trash in the Can’. When not podding, Eric works as an American military officer, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797.



Kimberly Brown (Highly Suspect Reviews)

Kimberly wants to live in a world filled with blue telephone boxes, speedsters, and ice dragons but through an ironic twist of fate, she’s stuck in this reality where these wondrous things only exist on page or film. Kim’s perpetual desire to consume sci-fi and fantasy media as a teen led her to the study of illustration/design at university to better understand its creation. Currently an Austin transplant, when she’s not wearing her critic hat you can find her pretending to like hiking, fielding questions about her hair or maybe even enjoying a local brew at the nearest dive bar.



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