Plot: A series of cameras have been placed around a family’s home, but these cameras aren’t meant to serve as protection from potential criminals. Instead the cameras have been placed by the criminals, an effort to capture every second of a home invasion with lethal intentions. This isn’t the first time this happened either, as these invaders have executed this same plan before and once the cameras were up, broadcast the murders of those inside the home, live on the internet. Jamie (Bella Thorne) is a teenage girl who happens to be the latest target and the cameras are already in place, so can she or anyone else survive the latest home invasion?
Entertainment Value: The premise of Keep Watching has some promise, a combination of found footage and home invasion, but the glacial pace and total lack of common sense tanks this one. The killers rigging up cameras is a cool idea, but the movie puts the cameras in such obvious places that is hard to suspend disbelief, even by normal found footage standards. I mean, I can overlook a lot in these kind of movies, but at least make an effort to obscure the cameras. The narrative feels a lot like The Strangers, but less stylish and with the found footage tropes shoehorned in, which lessens the tension and dampens the atmosphere. I don’t mind a slow burn at all, but there’s no real build in this one and the tension never takes root, so it is just a lot of filler to pass the time until the minimal horror elements kick in. I was mostly bored with Keep Watching, so I can’t make much of a recommendation in this case, unless you are just obsessed with found footage and need to see them all.
No nakedness. This one has no sleaze involved, so despite the home invasion tropes, no sexual content is found here. A splash or two of blood, but Keep Watching has little on screen violence and none of it is graphic or memorable. As with most found footage movies, the camera cuts just before the violence is unleashed. This is annoying to say the least and while I know some people believe “less is more,” at least give us a little gore, since this is a violent horror movie and all. What minor blood is seen is brief and non graphic, so just some tinges of red stuff here and there. The dialogue is bland and forgettable, despite some decent cast members who try to make the most of the lackluster script. Bella Thorne could have at least been given some bitchy lines, but this is just mediocre, dull writing throughout. No craziness either, the movie is content to be a total bore.
Overall Insanity: 0/10