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Maika Monroe in Watcher by Chloe Okuno
Maika Monroe appears in Watcher by Chloe Okuno. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Watcher, the indie thriller from director Chloe Okuno (Shudder’s V/H/S/94, Slut) which made its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been acquired by IFC Midnight. Watcher stars Maika Monroe (It Follows, Greta), Karl Glusman (Love) and Burn Gorman (Torchwood). IFC Midnight will release the film in theaters and on VOD in 2022 with Shudder taking the first streaming window.

In Watcher, Julia (Maika Monroe) joins her husband when he relocates to his family’s native Romania for a new job. Having recently abandoned her acting career, she finds herself frequently alone and unoccupied. One night, people-watching from her picture window, she spots a vague figure in an adjacent building, who seems to be looking back at her. Soon after, while alone at a local movie theater, Julia’s sense of being watched intensifies, and she becomes certain she’s being followed — could it be the same unknown neighbor? Meanwhile, a serial killer known as The Spider stalks the city.

Director Chloe Okuno added, “It was a hard-fought battle to make Watcher during the pandemic, and I’m so proud of everyone who worked to get us to this point. I am beyond delighted to partner with IFC Midnight and Shudder to continue this journey together and cannot wait to share the movie with a wider audience.”

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