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Watchers (1988)

A boy takes in a stray dog, later discovering that it is an ultra-intelligent runaway being stalked by a dangerous creature from the same genetic research lab.


Jon Hess


Dean R. Koontz (based on the novel by), Bill Freed (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ironside ... Lem
Christopher Cary ... TV Newscaster (as Christopher Carey)
Graeme Campbell Graeme Campbell ... Man on Boat
Dan O'Dowd ... First TV Reporter
Lala Sloatman ... Tracey (as Lala)
Corey Haim ... Travis
Dale Wilson ... Bill Keeshan
Blu Mankuma ... Cliff
Colleen Winton ... Deputy Porter
Duncan Fraser ... Sheriff Gaines
Barbara Williams ... Nora
Lou Bollo Lou Bollo ... Man by Stream
Jason Priestley ... Boy on Bike
Matt Hill ... Boy on Bike
Andrew Markey Andrew Markey ... Boy on Bike


Based on a novel by Dean Koontz. A boy takes in a stray dog, later finding out that its an ultra-intelligent runaway from a genetic research lab. Unknow to him, the dog is being stalked by another escaped creature thats not quite so friendly. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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It started as a secret experiment... It ended up as a new breed of terror. See more »


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Aside from the basic plot and character names, the movie has very little in common with the book on which it is based. For example, Travis is an adult in the book, and Nora is his love interest. Lem Johnson and Walt Gaines are best friends, and Tracy Keeshan is a completely unrelated character. See more »


Salesclerk: [Travis is at the checkout counter] That it?
Travis: Uh no-no, I need uh-- I need some shells 30-30.
Salesclerk: How old are you, son?
Travis: Let me tell you sir, I'm old enough to know these woods like the back of my hand, me and my dad were staying up at Totem Creek, he told me that this week my 16th birthday was my day, 'The Day'.
Salesclerk: Yeah, but 30-30 what are you bringing down?
Travis: A grizzly.
Salesclerk: Grizzlies is protected.
Travis: I know that.
[the clerk chuckles]
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Just watchable
26 August 2000 | by Mike-DDSee all my reviews

I'm a great fan of Koontz, and thought this might be an adaptation worth watching. I admit that due to the complexity of most his books, with all its subtlety, it is difficult to make a perfect adaptation, but this movie just barely made as a mediocre production. In an effort to make the movie 'cute' instead of the full-fledged horror it should be, it concentrates so much on the dog and its antics, but leaves us to imagine the monster for the most part. Given that the monster is at least as smart and complex as the dog, to see it reduced to simply a killing machine was a waste. And I still prefer the book ending to the movie ending - at least it made more sense and left one feeling a bit sad at the monster's demise instead of gloating over it.

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2 December 1988 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$260,820, 4 December 1988

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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