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HE’S WATCHING is Rosemary’s Baby for the COVID Generation

He’s Watching is just the movie I needed. I’ve been watching an unbelievable amount of paranormal shows on Discovery.

The shows have made me more open to the idea of  the paranormal. He’s Watching is in my top favorite films for the year.

The film comes from the mind of Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek, Don’t Let Go) and is truly a family affair.

Estes created He’s Watching with his wife, musician Gretchen Lieberum, and children, Iris Serena Estes and Lucas Steel Estes.

The movie was birthed from the boredom of being locked down during the height of COVID.

The film follows Iris and Lucas, a brother and sister who have been quarantined at the hospital. They are stuck alone with one another.

What begins as a brother and sister getting along devolves into that of isolation and fear. The two decide to make videos for their parents as a way of staying connected and passing the time.

Soon Iris and Lucas start experiencing strange happenings at night. Even creepier is that mysterious videos showed up in their camera roll.

This film truly creeped me out. Filmmakers need to take note that over the top visual effects are not as important as lighting and music or sounds.

He’s Watching is a wonderful thriller. It’s groundbreaking in terms of the unique concept and the fact that everyone can relate to COVID.

Is is a poltergeist, shadow person, or worse? You’ll have to watch the movie to see for yourself. Good news, He’s Watching is currently available on VOD so be sure to check this film out.


When happy-go-lucky siblings Iris and Lucas (playing fictionalized versions of themselves) are left alone while their parents recover from an illness, a series of playful pranks they play on each other escalate when they start receiving unsettling images and videos on their phones. With the incoming messages becoming increasingly nightmarish, Iris and Lucas realize something sinister has taken root in their home.

Featuring startlingly clever filmmaking and stunning debut performances from Iris Serena and Lucas Steel Estes, HE’SWATCHING builds into a visual nightmare that transcends not only the found footage genre, but all expected horror tropes.

Jacob Aaron Estes serves as the film’s director, writer, editor, cinematographer, producer, and co-star. The cast includes Iris Serena Estes, Lucas Steel Estes, and Gretchen Lieberum, all of whom additionally act as the picture’s producers.


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Jim Napier

Jim Napier

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