Synopsis: Atmospherically creepy and visually unnerving, Australia’s Joseph Sims-Dennett’s startling feature film debut follows Parker, a young man in the grip of grief following the death of his young son, his marriage on the rocks and nearing bankruptcy, but who reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. His assignment it to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, and as her watches bizarre happenings surrounding her, he slowly becomes aware that the derelict building he is in has a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him. A frightening horror tale of a man spiraling into madness and reminiscent of Roman Polanski’s THE TENANT, Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW, and the works of David Cronenberg and David Lynch.
BFI London Film Festival - UK - 2015
Fantasia Film Festival - Canada - 2015
Vancouver International Film Festival - Canada - 2015
Ottawa International Film Festival - Canada - 2015
"One of the most chilling experiences." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Sheer ambient dread." - Indiewire
"Joseph Sims-Dennett's OBSERVANCE brings the paranoid housebound sensibilities of Polanski's "Apartment Trilogy" to the 21st century."
- Sight & Sound -
"One of the best and most unique works of horror." - Bloody Disgusting
“Ambitious, dreamlike Lynchian tale that borrows from REAR WINDOW and THE CONVERSATION."
- Jason Gorber -
“A suspenseful, edge-of-the-seat thriller." - Twitch Film
“Original terror and suspense aren't dead yet." - Cinapse E
“We're no longer in the cinema, we're trapped in the apartment questioning our own memory and sanity." - Moviefail
“The very definition of psychological horror." - The Critic Man