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Family's Story About Stalker's Creepy Letters Could Become A Movie
The real-life story about a New Jersey family getting terrifying notes from a mysterious figure dubbed "The Watcher" is the stuff horror films are made of, and it looks like Hollywood is jumping right on that.
Sources have told The Tracking Board, a Hollywood insider blog, that studios like Blumhouse Productions, Dimension Films, New Line Cinema and Universal are eying the story for the movie rights, and filmmakers like James Wan (Saw) and Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) are names linked to it.
HitFix is a little skeptical about The Tracking Board's news: "It's a dubious report (I'm not sure whether the Tracking Board counts as a reliable source at this point), but then again I wouldn't put it past 'Hollywood' to attempt to capitalize on a real-life case that literally sounds like the plot of a scary movie (it certainly wouldn't be the first time Tinseltown has packaged real-life terror into grisly entertainment)."
The Broaddus family, which includes three young children, ditched their newly-purchased $1.3 million house in Westfield, NJ recently after receiving chilling notes from someone named "The Watcher." The disturbing letters talked about how the house and family are being watched, and asked if the family has found what's hidden in the walls. It included this scary note about the family's kids: "Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Have you found all the secrets it holds. Will the young bloods play in the basement. Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I will know as soon as you move in."
They're now suing former owners John and Andrea Woods, saying that they sold the family the home knowing that there was this creepy stalker around.
While the family is undoubtedly freaked out, others are seeing dollar signs in their eyes and have questioned when it would become a movie:
However, there are a few films out there that have plots with some eerie similarities to what's happening to the Broaddus family. In 2005, writer and director Michael Haneke made the French-language thriller, Caché. The film follows a couple and their young son who move into a new home in Paris, and start receiving creepy surveillance video tapes on their doorstop. The videos just so happen to be creepy footage capturing the outside of their home, and things get weirder after that.
There's also a 1974 made-for-TV film, Bad Ronald, which doesn't exactly have the same plot, but does touch upon creepy things happening in a home. It's about a family who moves into a new home and starts hearing strange noises coming from within their house, and also starts noticing their food is missing. They just don't know that there's a killer living inside the walls of the home.
Going back to Bertino's 2008 film, The Strangers, is a movie about a couple (portrayed by Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler) who go to a remote home, and get terrorized by strangers knocking on their door.
And then, of course, there's The Amityville Horror, if we want to go the supernatural route. The movie follows the Lutz family who moves into a new house, and then all sorts of weird and scary things start happening to them. Let's hope the Broaddus family isn't experiencing anything this strange.
While this last one isn't a movie, but rather a song from Radiohead, we have to say the name of the track, "We Suck Young Blood (Your Time Is Up)," bears an eerie similarity to the letter the Broaddus family received: