Netflix knows what they’re doing. Not only have they attracted top-tier filmmakers like Alfonso Cuaron, Marin Scorcese, and, just recently, Steven Spielberg, they’re also churning out content that audiences can’t get enough of, like horror movies and true crime stories. One of their next projects combines both of those genres.
A few years ago, a story went around about a family that moved into a new home in New Jersey. Soon their idyllic new start was destroyed when they started receiving creepy letters. These were cryptic, intense and threatening notes, all signed by ‘The Watcher.” One of the tamer notes read, “The workers have been busy…Have they found what is in the walls yet? In time they will.” That’s what we call a “big yikes.”
Stories about it in real-world newspapers read just like fake newspaper articles in a horror movie would.
Earlier this year, Netflix announced that Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) will be developing a limited series based on the story, and we now know the cast as well. Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive) and Bobby Cannavale (Vice, Jumanji) will portray the married couple who move their family into the $1.4 million dream home, only to find themselves being terrorized by The Watcher.
The Watcher claimed in his letters that he’d been “watching” the house for decades. “I am the Watcher. Bring me your young blood,” they wrote. Obviously, the family was disturbed and eventually tried to bail out ASAP. They were unable to sell the house – thanks to the publicity – and ended up renting it. The new tenant soon received their own letter from The Watcher.
Somehow the house eventually sold for almost $500,000 less than it was purchased. To date, no one knows who The Watcher is or what they were really up to. It will be interesting to see where Murphy takes the story – will it end up in the supernatural realm? Will it stick to true crime?
It will be a while before we find out, but it sounds like Netflix is putting some real muscle behind it, so the series should be interesting either way!