By MICHAEL GINGOLD
This chiller about haunted siblings is a true family affair.
XYZ Films releases HE’S WATCHING on VOD tomorrow, July 21. It was written, directed, shot and edited by Jacob Aaron Estes (of the acclaimed MEAN CREEK and DON’T LET GO) with his family during the COVID-19 lockdown; he produced with his wife, musician Gretchen Lieberum, and their children Iris Serena Estes and Lucas Steel Estes, Iris contributed to the story and the two kids star. The synopsis: “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.”