For many people, buying a house in the suburbs to settle down and raise a family is a dream come true. Good, Netflix‘s “The vigilant” intends to turn that dream into a nightmare. Based on a true story, the upcoming limited series follows a couple who move to a New Jersey suburb only to realize something is wrong in the neighborhood, and it only gets worse from there.
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However, Netflix wants to play coy with “The Watcher,” as the first sneak peek isn’t so much a trailer as it is a fake commercial. Jennifer Coolidge runs the place as a real estate agent seemingly desperate to sell a house in New Jersey. The house is lovely, but Coolidge’s Karen Calhoun comes across as a bit cloying, as if she has ulterior motives. So what exactly is he hiding about this house?
Here’s an official synopsis for “The Watcher” courtesy of Netflix:
Dean and Nora Brannock just bought their dream home in the idyllic suburb of Westfield, New Jersey, but after pouring all their savings into closing the deal, they soon realize the neighborhood isn’t all that welcoming. There’s this crazy old woman named Pearl and her brother Jasper, who sneaks into the Brannock house and hides in her forklift. There’s Karen, the real estate agent and an old acquaintance of Nora’s, who makes them feel like they don’t really belong, and nosy neighbors Mitch (Richard Kind) and Mo, who don’t seem to understand property lines. Their icy welcome quickly turns to hell when ominous letters from someone calling themselves “The Watcher” begin to arrive, terrifying the Brannocks to the point of bankruptcy as the neighborhood’s sinister secrets come to light. Based on the true story of the infamous “Watcher” house in New Jersey.
Beyond Coolidge, “The Watcher” also stars Bobby Cannavale, Naomi Watts, mia farrowY maro martindale. The series also stars Terry Kinney, Joe Mantello, Richard type, Numa DumezweniY christopher mcdonald. miguel nouri, isabel gravitt, Henry Hunter HallY Lucas David Blumm complete the main cast.
“The Watcher” is the brainchild of television veterans Ryan Murphy Y Ian Brennan. The pair have another true crime limited series on the way on Netflix, “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”, seemingly hitting the streamer before the year is out.
Is this sneak peek of “The Watcher” enticing enough for the public to, well, watch it? Check it out below to decide.