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Watchers (1988)

Country of Origin: Canada
Year of Production: 1988
Running Times: 91 mins
Format: colour
Ratio:
Sound:

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Canadian Entertainment Investors II / Carolco Pictures Inc / Centaur Films / Company Limited Partnership / Concorde Pictures / Rose and Ruby Productions
Production Executive For Carolco: Carl Borack
Executive Producer: Roger Corman
Co-Producer: Mary Eilts
Producer: Damian Lee
Production Manager: George Grieve

SCRIPT
Script: Bill Freed, Damian Lee
Novel: Dean R. Koontz

DIRECTION
Director: Jon Hess
2nd Unit Director: Damian Lee
1st Assistant Director: Lee Knippelberg
2nd Unit 1st Assistant Director: Brett Dowler
2nd Assistant Director: Rachel Leiterman
3rd Assistant Director: Robert Lee

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Richard Leiterman
Additional Photographer: Curtis Peterson
Camera Operator: Robert McLachlan
Colour Timer: Ricardo Olivero

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Editors: Carolle Alain, Rick Fields, Bill Freda

MUSIC
Music: Joel Goldsmith
Music Editor: Michael Dittrick

SOUND
Sound Mixer: Frank H. Griffiths
Re-Recording Mixer: Don White
Assistant Sound Editor: Alastair Gray

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Make Up: Linda A. Brown
Costume Designer: Monique Stranan

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects Coordinator: Dean Lockwood
Special Effects Assistant: Rory Cutler

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Richard Wilcox
Art Director: Tom Duquette
Set Decorator: Marti Wright
Graphic Designer: Gary Myers

MISCELLANEOUS
Production Assistant: Adam Druxman
Unit Publicist: Barbara Chomos

LOCATIONS
Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Manager: Christine Haebler

STUNTS
Stunt Coordinator: Betty Thomas
Stunts: Lindsay Bourne, Andy Chamberlayne, Alex Green, David Jacox, Ken Kirzinger, Mark Langlois, Dean Lockwood, Jacob Rupp, Kymberly Sheppard, Bill Stewart, Scott Stofer, Dawn Stofer-Rupp, Danny Virtue, Keith Wardlow

CASTING
Casting: Trish Robinson
Extras Casting: Zahn Douglas

CAST
Michael Ironside (Lem Johnson)
Christopher Carey (TV newscaster)
Graeme Campbell (man on boat)
Dan O'Dowd (1st TV reporter)
Lala (real name: Lala Sloatman) (Tracey)
Corey Haim (Travis Cornell)
Dale Wilson (Bill Keeshan)
Blu Mankuma (Cliff)
Colleen Winton (Deputy Porter)
Duncan Fraser (Sheriff Walt Gaines)
Barbara Williams (Nora Cornell)
Lou Bollo (man by stream)
Jason Priestley, Matt Hill, Andrew Markey (boys on bikes)
Norman Browning (Hockney Ted)
Ghislaine Crawford, Justine Crawford (girls at school)
Tong Lung (teacher)
Keith Wardlow (maintenance man)
Don S. Davis (veterinarian)
Freda Perry (2nd TV reporter)
William Samples (motel clerk)
Suzanne Ristic (motel clerk wife)
Frank C. Turner (sales clerk)
Boyd MacConnachie (Travis photodouble)
Phillip Wong (Oxcam)

PLOT SUMMARY

A young boy takes in a stray dog not realising that it's a runaway from a nearby genetics research facility. The dog has had its intelligence artificially boosted and is being pursued by another, much nastier, genetic mutant.

AVAILABILITY

Brazil
Video Distributors: LK-Tel Vídeo

USA
Theatrical Distributors: MCA / Universal Pictures
Video Distributors: International Video Entertainment

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: M

UK
Rating: 18

USA
Rating: R

West Germany
Rating: 16 (cut version); 18 (uncut version)

AWARDS

1990
Fantasporto, Portugal
International Fantasy Film Award Best Film (Jon Hess) - nominated

TIMELINE

1989
May
4: West Germany – theatrical release

1990
February
Day Unknown: Portugal – shown at the Fantasporto Film Festival

POSTER TAGS

Secret experiment, Unstoppable monster, Deadly mistake...

It started as a secret experiment... It ended up as a new breed of terror.

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Alterazione genetica - Italian title
Obserwatorzy - Polish title
Proyecto: terror - Spanish title

LINKS

SEQUELS
Watchers II (1990)
Watchers III (1994)
Watchers Reborn (1998)

KEYWORDS

animals, book into film, children, dogs, genetic engineering, monsters

 


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