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Terrifying Netflix series based on true story about stalked couple drops on Thursday

Claire Reid

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Terrifying Netflix series based on true story about stalked couple drops on Thursday

A brand new creepy series lands on Netflix on 13 October, and it’s made all the more terrifying by the fact it’s based on a true story. You can see the trailer here:

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With Halloween just around the corner, you might be looking for something eerie to get your teeth stuck into and – as ever – Netflix has got your back with its new series. 

The show is created by American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy and stars Bobby Cannavale and Naomi Watts as a couple who move into their dream home with their young family, only for it to soon become a living nightmare.

Shortly after they move in, Dean (played by Cannavale) and Nora (played by Watts) begin to receive disturbing letters from someone calling themselves The Watcher, who claims it is their duty to always watch over the house.

Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale star in The Watcher. Credit: Netflix
Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale star in The Watcher. Credit: Netflix

Cue the creepy music. 

The Watcher, which lands on Netflix on 13 October, consists of seven episodes and, although the story is real, some details – such as the couple’s names – have been changed. 

The real life couple, Derek and Maria Broaddus, shared their harrowing experiences a few years back, explaining that the letters started to arrive shortly after they moved into the property in 2014.

One of the letters read: “How did you end up here? Did 657 Boulevard [the address] call to you with its force within?”

It went on to claim the property had ‘been the subject of my family for decades now and as it approaches its 110th birthday, I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming'.

It continued: “My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s.

“It is now my time. Do you know the history of the house?

The Watcher is based on a true story. Credit: Netflix
The Watcher is based on a true story. Credit: Netflix

“Do you know what lies within the walls of 657 Boulevard? Why are you here? I will find out.”

As time went by, more letters arrived – one of which claimed the ‘Watcher’ passed by the house ‘many times a day’. 

Despite handing the letters over to the police and even hiring a private investigator, the Broaddus family never discovered who the letter writer was.

In 2019 they decided to sell up and move on, selling the house for $400,000 less than they’d paid, while the identity of The Watcher remains a mystery to this day. 

The Watcher is available to stream on Netflix from 13 October

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Netflix, TV and Film, True Crime

Claire Reid
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