Release date, cast, trailer and everything you need to know
fans of ryan murphy and its distinctive approach to horror are a treat! Creator of works as emblematic as Pinch/Tuck, Joyand american horror story is back with another over-the-top tale. This one revolves around the terrifying, high-stakes world of luxury real estate. Loosely based on a true, unsolved case, it’s unclear whether the series will suggest natural or supernatural explanations for the terror at 657 Boulevard, but either way, we can’t wait to see it. Here’s everything you need to know about The ObserverComing soon netflix. But first, here’s the plot synopsis:
After the Brannock family moves into what was supposed to be their suburban dream home, it quickly becomes hell. Disturbing letters from someone who calls himself “The Watcher” are just the beginning as the neighborhood’s sinister secrets spill out.
A trailer in the style of a real estate advertisement was uploaded to Netflix on September 9, 2022. It features Jennifer Coolidgeof Karen Calhoun walking potential buyers at 657 Boulevard. A fake Zillow list was also created for the house. The first official trailer was released shortly after, on September 24. You can check out the clip in the player below to get a better idea of the tone and style of The Observer:
When and where can you watch The Watcher?
The Observer is a Netflix limited series, so the streaming giant will be the perfect place to watch it. All seven episodes will be available to watch on Thursday, October 13, 2022. The series does have an MA rating, though, so it might not be a family-watching show.
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Who are the cast and crew of The Watcher?
Ryan Murphy is co-creator and one of the executive producers of The Observer. The other creator, Ian Brenanhas worked with Murphy on several other projects, including Joy, Pawland Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. On the acting side, this project has also attracted some fantastic talent. The role of Maria Broaddus is performed by Naomi Watts, who is no stranger to the horror genre, having starred in the ring, funny gamesand the new remake of Good night mom. Playing Derek Broaddus is Bobby Cannavale. Cannavale’s long list of roles includes Joe DiMaggio in recent Marilyn Monroe biopic BlondIrving in Mister Robotand Tony in Nine perfect strangers.
Recently Emmy-winning Jennifer Coolidge is also in the cast, playing real estate agent Karen Calhoun. Coolidge won an Emmy for his role in The White Lotus, and while it may have been his first project to win major awards, it was far from his first memorable role. Coolidge is an iconic actress with a devoted fan and a long list of brilliant roles. Known largely for his comedic roles, including in many Christopher Guestof mockumentaries, Coolidge is perhaps most recognizable to many as the “Stiffler’s mother” of the American pie franchise or like Paulette Bonafonté Parcel of Revenge of a Blonde.
Pearl, one of the Broaddus family neighbors, is played by mia farrow. Farrow is perhaps best known as the classic horror movie lead Rosemary’s baby. More recently, she was in Be Kind Rewind and is also known for her charity work and activism. Esteemed Character Actress Margo Martindale is also in The Observer, playing Mo, another Broaddus neighbor. Martindale’s work includes parts in Hours, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Justifiedand expressing a fictionalized version of herself in BoJack Rider. Other cast members include Noma Dumezweni, Joe Mantello, Richard Kind, Terry Kinney, Christopher McDonald, Michel Nouri, Isabelle Gravitt, Henry Hunter Halland Luke David Blumm.
What is the real story behind The Watcher?
The Observer is based on a 2018 article in The Cut by Reeves Wiedeman. The article tells the chilling true story of Derek and Maria Broaddus and their young family’s dream home that quickly turned into a nightmare. In 2014, the Broaddus family purchased a beautiful suburban home at 657 Boulevard in Westfield New Jersey. Even before they could move in, they started getting strange and threatening notes. Notes calling the Broaddus children “young blood” and noting that if the children are playing in the basement no one will be able to hear them scream. The notes were signed “The Watcher” and the writer claimed to be the latest in a long line of people who had watched over the house and its occupants.
It wasn’t long before the local police and the whole neighborhood were involved. The Broaddus family lived in fear, wondering who was watching them and their children, and eyed all their new neighbors with suspicion. While police thought it was likely a neighbor was behind the letters, there was little they could do without hard evidence. The letters grew increasingly bizarre, with the writer accusing the Broaddus family of casting a spell on the house and pleading with them to let their children spend the night in the house. The real identity of “The Watcher” remains a mystery, and Derek and Maria Broaddus ultimately opted to rent the house instead of living in it themselves (their attempts to sell the house failed). Although the article ends without a definitive explanation, it’s not hard to see why Ryan Murphy was drawn to the story and the town of Westfield.
Given the terrifying premise, it’s no wonder Ryan Murphy was drawn to this story. While Lifetime did a loose adaptation of the story in the form of their made-for-TV movie also titled The Observer featuring Erin Cahill and Edi Gathegi, Murphy’s version will likely be very different and significantly scarier and more over the top. He’s the man behind american horror story, after all. We can’t wait to see how Ryan Murphy adapts this chilling true story or what explanations his series can provide for the disturbing grades and menacing behavior that haunt one family’s dream home.