David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations ... See full summary »
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David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations using his forensic knowledge to gain entry when she's quite alone, subdues her and administers a long, torturous death. Joel Campbell got so frustrated by his failure to capture Griffin in LA that he quit the FBI, moved to Chicago and remains in psychiatric therapy, unable to function normally. Then he realizes, when opening his mail very late, that a new murder victim is Griffin's, and the killer send him pictures of her. Campbell reports this to the police, but is unwilling to join them in the search, suggesting Griffin is too slick and clever; yet he won't get out of it that easily... Written by
Third-billed Keanu Reeves gave his verbal agreement to director Joe Charbanic several years before production started, after reading his original script. With his involvement, the filmakers were later able to attract a bigger cast and budget than originally envisioned, and Reeves' part (originally meant as little more than a cameo) was substantially rewritten to feature him more prominently. Reportedly Keanu Reeves, who would be paid scale while his costars James Spader and Marisa Tomei would get $1,000,000 paychecks tried to drop out of the film but eventually changed his mind (apparently influenced by the legal precedent of the Kim Basinger/Boxing Helena (1993) debacle). He eventually agreed to do the picture and abstain from bad mouthing it in interviews on the condition that his involvment in the film be downplayed in all promotional material for the film, including trailers. See more »
Obvious stunt-double or stand-in for Griffin in over-the-shoulder running shots, revealed by his stiff wig. See more »
His last alias was David Allen Griffin. I worked the case for three and a half years in Los Angeles. We attributed at least 11 homicides to him.
What's he doing in Chicago.
I assume he's still strangling young women with piano wire.
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I saw The Watcher in the movie theaters with my dad and sister, in 2000, I think this was my favorite film. Watching it now, I still enjoy it very much, despite some questionable moments, I think this was a very well planned thriller that sends chills down your spine and makes you watch your back to make sure you are not being followed. Keanu Reeves as a villain, actually, in some sick way, it works, he does have the creepiness vibe down. I mean, this is Keanu Reeves we're talking about and he's actually pretty good in this film. I would say him and Marissa carry the film very well together. James Spader does an alright job. But the story is a very good one that I'm sure you'll like.
Joel is a detective who has just moved to Chicago to get away from some bad situations where he used to live. Mainly to get away from a love who was murdered, but the murderer he was investigating follows him to Chicago. The murderer, David Griffin, studies females, memorizes their schedules, tortures and kills them. But now he's mocking the police when he gives them a picture of a girl and gives them 24 hours to find her, but they keep failing. David wants Joes to admit that they are one of a kind and that they need each other. He even goes as far as to attack Joel's psychiatrist, Polly, who is close to Joel.
The Watcher was by no means film of the year, but I felt like it was an intelligent thriller. The only thing I didn't like about the film was the whole situation with David giving the photos to the police, them broadcasting it across the news, and yet somehow they fail? No one recognized these girls? It just seemed a tad unbelievable. But other than that, I would recommend this film, I thought it was good and if you enjoy thrillers, I think you'll like it too.
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