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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.

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Jon Hess

Writers:

Dean R. Koontz (based on the novel by), Bill Freed (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al borde del terror See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$940,173
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Travis: There's a pack of hot dogs in the refrigerator, if you go get them you can have one.
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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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