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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 »
2 nominations. See more awards »




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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Did You Know?


Paul Haggis wrote the original screenplay. By the time the movie was greenlighted, the Writer's Guild Strike hit and Haggis refused to do any further writing on the movie during the strike. Production was passed to Canadian producer Damien Lee who rewrote the script. Haggis read the script and took his name off it - taking credit instead as "Bill Freed", his WGA pseudonym, and insisted Damien Lee take credit for his work. See more »


Travis: There's a pack of hot dogs in the refrigerator, if you go get them you can have one.
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Followed by Watchers 4 (1998) See more »


Dream Machine
Performed by Mike Reno
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Watchers is not as bad as you probably think.
15 June 2001 | by REDdog-1See all my reviews

A lot of people do not like this movie. In fact, almost all the reviews here are negative. The problem seems to be that a lot of loyal fans of the book were angered by all the changes made in this movie adaption. I had the same type of feeling after I saw "The General's Daughter." "The General's Daughter" left a lot of stuff from the book out and changed lots of stuff too. I found myself disliking the movie barley a half an hour into it. Luckily I have yet to read Dean Koontz's book "Watchers" and that is probably one of the reasons why I liked it so much. I was able to watch it on it's own and not compare it to the book and in my opinion it is a fine little horror movie.

Corey Haim wasn't as bad as I thought he would be. After I had seen the hideous "Fever Lake," which is on the IMDB's bottom 100 list where it deserves to be, I became cautious not to rent anything with Corey Haim for a long time. Then I found out Michael Ironside was in it and decided to risk the dollar and thirteen cents. Michael Ironside was excellent as always. He seems to be at his best when he is playing villains, like he did in "Total Recall" and "Highlander 2."

The film is well directed and it moves at a very fast pace. The monster isn't that bad. You don't really see much of it thought, other then a flash of hair, or and arm coming out of the roof or something. You start to see the whole thing during the ending climax at the cabin, which by the way I thought was pretty exciting.

All in all, I enjoyed this movie. It is fast-paced and it doesn't fall apart at the end like many horror movies do. It doesn't try to insult the viewer either with a dumb twist ending. Not that their bad, we just don't need them all the time. Michael Ironside was good as always and his scenes are the best parts of the movie. I think tomorrow I'll rent "Watchers II." I give this 8/10

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Release Date:

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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