I'll Be Watching
Seth Michaels, Sara Sometti Michaels, Eliza Taylor (executive), David Keith (executive) for Benacus Entertainment, RNF Productions
directed by Erik Bernard
starring Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Seth Michaels, David Keith, Natasha Halevi, Hannah Fierman, Bryan Batt, Kyle Larsen, Duke Jackson, Luke Davis, Sara Sometti Michaels, Megan Drust, Presley Keith, Ron Foster, Nicole Foster
written by Sara Sometti Michaels, Elisa Manzini, music by Mark Sayfritz
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While visiting her sister Julie's (Eliza Taylor) home to look after the
cat, Rebecca (Hannah Fierman) gets brutally murdered by a masked man (Duke
Jackson), despite the place's sophisticated alarm system, developed by
Julie's own husband Marcus (Bob Morley). This leaves Julie with a severe
case of survivor's guilt.
Five months later, Julie and Marcus are moving
into the country, mostly on Marcus's insistence to finally take Julie away
from the scene of her sister's murder. Julie doesn't feel comfortable in
the house from day one, also because it's equipped with the same alarm
system as their old apartment, dubbed Hera, though Marcus insists he has
ironed out all the flaws. Then, only a couple of days after the move,
Marcus is called away on a business trip to Hong Kong to pitch his system,
and Julie's left alone in the house with no friends and only Hera to talk
to - and for sure, things get weird before long, weird enough for Julie at
first suspecting Hera acting up again, then that somebody's actually
terrorizing her, having hacked into the system - a theory the local lawman
(David Keith) readily supports. But when Julie (via Hera) finds out that
Marcus is actually having a woman on the side (Megan Drust) whom he's with
rather than being in Hong Kong, she naturally suspects the worst - not
knowing that things can come worse still ...
Ok, the main
premise of the computerized household gone bad might already seem a little
dated in 2023 as such systems have already become affordable on the mass
market in real life - but that aside, I'll Be Watching is a pretty
intense thriller, one that's heavy on tension and atmosphere, with all the
action setpieces thrown in at just the right moments, and one that makes
pretty awesome use of its main location. And add to that a pretty powerful
performance by Eliza Taylor, supported by a very able small ensemble cast,
and you've got yourself rather wonderful genre entertainment.