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Review: ‘The Outwaters’ is The Most Disturbing Movie of the Year So Far

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Found footage is a tough-to-love subgenre that often relies heavily on tropes, but The Outwaters embraces the format and stands out as a particularly scary, depraved entry. Proving that there is always new ground to be broken, this nightmare fuel will not be something you forget anytime soon. Premiering at this year’s Unnamed Footage Festival, focusing on overlooked and emerging found footage films, it seems on track to become the next cult horror movie.

Three memory cards are found in the Mojave Desert. They contain the last few days of an LA filmmaker named Robbie who is recruited into recording a music video in the desert with a small crew. While recording, strange stuff starts happening around them: sonic booms sound throughout the night, weird sounds radiating from the earth, the ground vibrates. This quickly escalates into what can only be described as a journey into hell. 

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The Outwaters is not easily understood. It does not care too much about making the story transparent or wrapping up loose ends. What it’s concerned with is unsettling and disorienting you. And that it accomplishes completely. 

The film starts with some pretty average, somewhat boring filler that’s almost impossible to avoid in a found footage film. The filmmaker protagonist and his brother get ready for their music video and the beginning is made up of behind-the-scenes footage of the various crew members meeting and inside jokes with each other. Despite the uneventful nature, the cinematography is exceptionally good for a found footage film so at the very least that distracts. 

This cinematography blossoms from colorful, artistic impressions of the landscape around them into contrasted, jolting scenes notable for their strong, disturbed imagery in the latter half of the film.

About one third in, The Outwaters takes a drastic turn as the listless music video shoot turns into a psychological massacre that goes places I can’t say found footage has ever gone before. 

The film is not as concerned with survival from horrors as it is with the psychological effects of trauma and creating a  nightmare. 

Blending the reality of found footage with the uncertainty of the main character’s mental state leads to some interesting plot developments that will definitely make you question what exactly is going on in this desert. 

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Therein lies the one problem with The Outwaters: sometimes it’s a bit too indiscernible. Even after multiple viewings I’m not quite sure what exactly went on in the end of this movie. However, this also adds to the Lovecraftian feel of the film. These characters are mere puppets in the cosmic events that are happening that go way beyond what they know, especially since our final character seems to be not “all there” after suffering from an injury. 

That one character, by the way, is played by director/writer/editor Robbie Banfitch, making this film almost entirely a singular, successful effort on his part. Even from behind the camera, his character stands out from other found footage films and makes for an entirely new direction in which a character can go in the genre.  

One of the most important elements in any horror film, as we all know, is the gore and special effects, and boy does this film deliver. After the turning point in the film, almost every shot includes some sort of gory effect that ranges from simple blood splatter to some disgusting prosthetics and terrifying textures.

The editing is also strong in this film. While the beginning is a bit of a slog, the ending uses startling cuts and sound design that adds to the horrifying goings ons in the film. There are many editing choices that terrify without simply relying on jump scares.

In fact, many of the scariest moments of The Outwaters are hidden from the camera, including a scene that takes place almost entirely in the dark where the viewer can only hear screams in the distance. The direction of this film is strong, with most shots having an intentionality behind them that is lost in most films in the subgenre that rely entirely on the fact that their style is found footage and not adding much beyond that. 

The Outwaters is an incredibly strong found footage film that will undoubtedly find an audience in time. Its insane progression of events will test your limits and its beautiful, stylized cinematography will wow you.

At this time it’s unclear what the distribution plan for this film is, but for those who are interested in disturbing, journey into hell type films, keep an eye out. The Unnamed Footage Festival will have an online event on May 7 so follow them for updates on their lineup.  Check out the trailer below. 

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Highest Ranking Ghost Movies of the Past 20 Years

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Two decades later and we finally get to make a substantial highest ranking ghost movie list. It might surprise some people that supernatural films are prevalent through the years, but ones that primarily feature ghosts or the influence of ghosts aren’t historically at the top.

This list contains the highest grossing ghost movies by the year starting in 2002. It’s compiled of movies where ghosts have a prominent role or they are a large part of the plot development. For instance, Harry Potter features ghosts, but they aren’t the main focus. Plus those movies are more fantasy than horror.

Data for this list was taken from Box Office Mojo based on overall gross worldwide.

The Ring (2002)

This is the J-Horror American crossover that started it all. Based on the popular Japanese film Ringu, this cursed videotape horror movie was laughed at when news broke that it was getting an American remake. Then, when people saw it, the positive word of mouth generated enough buzz that lines formed at the box office.

Ultimately this movie ranked 18 overall in the year 2002. Worldwide gross: $249,348,933

Gothika (2003)

This year wasn’t big on supernatural stuff unless you count Harry Potter in that category. If you don’t, you have to go pretty far down the list to get your ghost fix finding Gothika at number 48.

With the success of The Ring American filmmakers wanted to cash in on the supernatural mystery concept and Robert Zemeckis’ production company was the one to do it. Although not as horrific as The Ring, this one packed a powerful punch as we see Halle Barry as a psychologist who gets admitted as a patient in her own facility.

Secrets are revealed, twists are made and a perfect popcorn movie is one for the ages. Worldwide gross: $141,591,324

The Grudge (2004) American 20

Do you see a trend happening here? The Grudge was the second big-budget attempt at taking a Japanese ghost movie and turning it into an American one. This time around Sarah Michelle Geller plays the scream queen haunted by a curse. It’s another very creepy entry into the appropriated concept. People everywhere imitated Kayako’s ghostly vocal fry and hair washing was never the same.

This movie placed 20th overall in 2004 with a worldwide gross of $187,281,115

The Ring 2 (2005)

If it worked once it might work again. And it did! The Ring 2 was a surprisingly effective sequel to the American remake. Naomi Watts returns to her role as Rachel haunted by Sadako, the ghost whose curse is tied to a videotape. Although it didn’t do better than its predecessor, it’s still a tension-filled, creepy homage to J-Horror.

This one sits at number 28 for 2005 with a worldwide total of $163,995,949

Silent Hill (2006)

Some might argue that Silent Hill is not a ghost movie, but it is. In fact, it takes place in a literal ghost town. Aside from that this film is polarizing among fans, especially ones who played the video game on which it’s based. Still, it has a cult following which still holds sway today, making all other sequels forced to be compared to this one. Let’s just say they haven’t been able to surpass it.

Scary imagery, an aura of gloom and doom and really scary monsters weren’t enough to capture the interest of moviegoers. Silent Hill placed 69 overall in 2006 with a worldwide gross of $100,605,135.

1408 (2007)

In 2007, Stephen King was beginning to make a comeback cinematically. His short story 1408 was adapted into this film of the same name starring John Cusack. Cusack plays a skeptic journalist who debunks famous hauntings. He meets his match in an old hotel room where time and space are warped by the spirits who stayed there previously.

This one ranked at number 35 and brought in $132,963,417 worldwide.

The Eye (2008)

On the tail end of the American Asian horror remakes, The Eye was released. Starring Jessica Alba as a classical musician who regains her eyesight, this film delves into the spirits of body parts and what if a transplant still held trauma from its donor.

Following the formula, Alba’s character keeps seeing things that she realizes are all a part of a bigger mystery. One she is willing to investigate. This was the nail in the coffin for bigger budgeted remakes of this genre. It ranked 96 and scraped together $58,010,320 at the box office.

Paranormal Activity (2009)

As Asian horror remakes in America died, the found-footage paranormal genre was born. Director Orin Peli’s started it all, putting his brand of tech into the Blair Witch formula. This included CCTV, digital video cameras, and webcams. Like Blair Witch the public was tricked into not knowing, based on the trailer, if this movie was genuine. This movie was so independent that a campaign was started asking curious viewers to start petitions to bring it to their cities. It wasn’t long before the film became a pop culture success and opened in theaters everywhere.

This movie sits at number 30 for the year with a gross intake of $193,355,800. But get this, the film only cost Peli about $15,000 to make. You do the math.

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

Repeating the success of the original perhaps out of curiosity only, Paranormal Activity 2 is more of the same but begins the world-building that will be the basis for future sequels. This one introduces a baby, a German Shepard and a poolside jumpscare.

Not as profitable as its parent movie this one grossed $177,512,032

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Back for more. The Paranormal Activity saga continues with this cash grab. Three movies in three years is a red flag. More camera footage, more night vision green, and an origin story aren’t enough to save this third film. Still, it managed to bring in $207,039,844 worldwide which is more than the second one did.

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You would think Daniel Radcliff would have had enough of the paranormal with his Harry Potter saga. But alas no. He’s back in a large mansion in this period piece in which he investigates reports of a haunting. This film really embraces its gothic charms and moody ghost story elements.

It was mostly praised by critics for its homage to Hammer films of yore and the lead’s performance. But audiences weren’t as keen and it settles in at number 58 for 2012 with a total of $128,955,898 worldwide.

The Conjuring (2013)

With found footage horror movie trends behind us, we enter the era of James Wan. This epoch is still going strong; it all started with Insidious and The Conjuring. Pulling out all the stops, Wan introduces us to Ed and Lorraine Warren, demonologists who travel the world helping families suffering under the oppression of an unholy presence.

The king of jump scares, Wan uses great camera work and unnerving demons to tell his story. This would be the first of many stories in this universe which would generate a few spinoffs which we will get to later.

With an impressive $320,406,242 under its belt, The Conjuring was an incredible win for Wan.

Annabelle (2014)

As for those spinoffs we were talking about, Annabelle is the first in Wan’s The Conjuring universe. But, there was a snag. Fans of The Conjuring were expecting more of the same, but director John R. Leonetti went in a different direction for this origin story. Unlike the vibrant, bursting horror of Wan’s film, this one is a slow and steady burn. Leonetti pays heavy homage to the Satanic Panic films of the ’60s and ’70s, especially Rosemary’s Baby. Technically the movie is brilliant, but audiences didn’t want genre deep dives and homage — they wanted a killer doll. They got it, but it wasn’t delivered in the way they desired.

Still, the film managed to gross $257,589,721 worldwide, sitting at 37 for the year.

Insidious Chapter 3 (2015)

Wan’s other universe is that of Insidious. His first in the series actually debuted in 2010 but didn’t gain traction until this, the second sequel. And what a great movie it is. Filled with action, memorable monsters, and some great comic relief. This is also the first time we get to see Leigh Whannell behind the director’s chair and it’s a grand entrance.

This one took in $112,983,889 and landed at number 57.

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James Wan returns in this second part, but an unrelated story to The Conjuring. This time Ed and Lorraine Warren head overseas to help a family under spiritual attack. Again the story is based on a real case, and again Wan is able to get under our skin.

THis entry did better than the first bringing in $321,834,351 worldwide.

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Since the first one fell flat, audiences were expecting Creation to follow suit. But they were pleasantly surprised to find this one was superior. Lights Out director David F. Sandberg takes control of the director’s chair and puts his atmospheric spin on the story. It proved to be a good choice because Annabelle Creation banked $306,515,884 worldwide.

The Nun (2018)

Wan gets another addition to his growing horror family with The Nun. This big-budget gothic saga is a dark period piece.

Synopsis: A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

Final tally: $365,582,797 worldwide.

Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

It’s Wan’s world once again! Annabelle Comes Home isn’t a fan favorite in the franchise, but this one is entertaining enough. The Warren’s demonology museum is upset by curious teens releasing a myriad of cursed exhibits. As the kids fight back, more is revealed about the possessed doll. Gary Dauberman directs.

Final worldwide take: $231,252,591

The Invisible Man (2020) & The Grudge (2020-requel)

It would be unfair not to include The Invisible Man on this list. Although technically not a ghost movie it still has an invisible force that torments the living. Plus it’s the first movie to suffer theatrically during the pandemic. Cool tech, and kills this movie should also come with a trigger warning for domestic violence.

This comes in at $143,151,000 worldwide.

The Grudge (requel/remake) is wildly subpar from its source material. Part of that problem is because it was so confusing in its anthology design. Some of the aspects are pretty cool and scary but overall the premise is now a curse itself.

Audiences seemed to agree as they spent only $49,511,319 worldwide for this entry.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

In the age of COVID releasing a first-run movie simultaneously on a streaming service and at theaters was almost a necessity for making your money back. And for HBO Max it seemed to have worked. Thank goodness this third entry into the conjuring franchise was the movie.

Based on yet another true story, the Warrens got to court to defend a man accused of murder, testifying that an evil force possessed the murderer and made him do it. It was a different approach to the formula and for some, it was good, for others they ended their free HBO Max subscription.

The film took in $206,401,480 and had a pretty good position at 19 for the year despite the delivery medium.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2022)

As we are still in 2022 all we can do is find the ghost movie that has succeeded thus far. That movie is Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Part comedy, part supernatural thriller, and part emotional farewell to Harold Ramis, this one hit Gen X a little harder than most while introducing a new generation into the fold.

While people still wonder about returning to the theater, this one took in $197,360,575 worldwide so far.

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10 Horror Movies Trending on Netflix Right Now

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Ever wonder what’s trending on Netflix; what people are watching that sets their algorithm on fire? It’s probably not what you would expect. With nearly 4K movies currently in their catalog, it’s surprising what rises to the top, especially on the horror tab.

These trending movies are aggregated by a lot of precise criteria that range from the time of day to the time of week. It also takes into account the real-time interest of subscribers. That means if there is an award show happening or a special event or holiday, members are more likely to search for a specific movie trending in that timeframe. One wonders if the Monkeypox outbreak has anything to do with why It Follows is getting so many views.

Add in a pinch of data processing, or how many times a movie was viewed, and voila you have a trending title. The science is probably more complicated than that, but you get the idea. Since Netflix is a data-driven platform these titles aren’t just randomly selected.

We pulled 10 movies that Netflix has marked as “trending” for our FOMO readers and those who just want in on the “secret.” Below are 10 horror movies in no particular order that are being watched the most on Netflix.

It Follows (2014)

This is a modern masterpiece of storytelling. Even though it was released seven years ago it’s even more timely today. Director David Robert Mitchell tells the tale of a supernatural STD that can only be cured one way. When it was released this was critically praised. In fact, it still holds a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

With its cautionary tale about casual sex and the consequences that can happen if you decide to indulge, It Follows is terrifying in an original way.

Blood Red Sky (2021)

What will a mother do if her child is in danger? Anything. Blood Red Sky is an action-packed thrill ride at 30,000 feet with plenty of gore to appease genre fans. It’s nice to see the vampire trend making a comeback in such an original way.

Synopsis: A woman with a mysterious illness is forced into action when a group of terrorists attempts to hijack a transatlantic overnight flight.

Fear Street Part I & II (2021)

You may have questions about this title. Not about the plot, but why only parts one and two are trending; there are three. Depending on who you ask, the third part isn’t as good as the second which only makes sense if you watch the first.

Still, this is a great series that should be enjoyed in all three chapters. It’s a great homage to the slasher genre with just enough supernatural surprises to make it an interesting crossover. It said they are working on more chapters to the R.L. Stein adapted work, and we can’t wait to return to Shadyside.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

One of the most polarizing films of the year, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (’22) spiked in genre conversation all over social media back in February. Some loved its brazen attempt at a requel, while others deemed it a hubristic punchdown to the classic Tobe Hooper original.

Nevertheless, it’s trending now which means it still holds interest in the community, and it left enough room for a sequel.

Apostle (2018)

This slow descent into madness has a two-hour runtime, but it’s filled with enough tension and dread to make you squirm throughout. As cult/folk horror goes this is a good one to watch if you’re thinking of joining an organized religion or know someone who has.

Synopsis: In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

The Old Ways (2020)

Does being a journalist mean selling yourself to the devil? No, not at first. But in The Old Ways a young journalist is accused of harboring Satan inside her which leads to a spiritual battle with a witch doctor in the middle of the Veracruz jungle.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

This classic slasher will probably never stop trending on Netflix. Wes Craven’s masterwork still holds up even beyond the insipid remake released in 2010. The original is a powerhouse of 80’s practical effects, memorable monster-making, and teen angst.

For those who don’t know about the plot, A Nightmare on Elm Street follows teenager Nancy Thompson who is having bad dreams about a scar-faced man with knives for fingers. Turns out her friends are having the same dreams which are incredibly lucid. The dream world crosses into reality as those who die in their dreams are killed in real life. But why? Who is this fedora crowned phantom? Perhaps their parents know.

Eli (2019)

This is a surprisingly effective film. My first thought is that nobody has ever heard of it, but Netflix seems to think otherwise. It might be because the film stars Sadie Sink, the Kate Bush-loving teen of Stranger Things fame. She plays Max in that series.

In this movie, a young boy is undergoing treatment for a deadly disease, but nothing seems to be working. His parents move into an old mansion that now serves as a medical facility. Visions of ghosts and phantom writings lead Eli to certain truths for which there is no cure.

If you like supernatural mysteries with twists and turns then Eli should be on your watchlist.

No One Gets Out Alive (2021)

This one has been getting great word of mouth. Director Santiago Menghini takes us on a creepy journey following a female immigrant forced to live in a boardinghouse while she pursues her American dream. Her new dwellings are dark and she is often visited by spirits.

Even though the material is derivative, there’s enough here to satiate the genre fans looking for a supernatural mystery.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (2022)

This comedy from India has everything you need for a good time: ghosts, creepy mansions, and vibrant dance numbers. This is Bollywood after all. This is a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 original which has become a cult favorite.

Synopsis: When strangers Reet and Ruhan cross paths, their journey leads to an abandoned mansion and a dreaded spirit who has been trapped for 18 years.

There you have it; 10 horror movies trending on Netflix right now. Have you seen any of these recently and what do you think of the trending titles? Let us know.

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Top 10 Horror Movies on Peacock Right Now (August 2022)

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There are probably more than just these top 10 horror movies on Peacock. The streaming service is chock full of them. Some you’ve undoubtedly seen, others you’ve been curious about. We thought we would help you out with a little nudge if you’re willing.

Whether you agree with our list or not, you have to admit it’s pretty impressive.

You’re Next (2013)

You’re Next is the ultimate dinner party home invasion hybrid. This one still holds up today as a prime example of a redemption arc. Starring Sharni Vinson, and directed by genre favorite Adam Wingard, this is one of the gold star features streaming on Peacock.

Since this is almost a decade old, there is another generation out there who may have never heard of this title which would be a shame. Bloody, surprising, and oh-so-satisfying, You’re Next is a lesson in taut storytelling and edge-of-your-seat action.


The Purge Anarchy (2014)

Fleshing out the social hierarchy a little better in this, the second film in the Purge franchise, Anarchy spins a lot of commentary in its web of political terror. James DeMonaco returns as director and moves beyond the home invasion aspect that drove the first film.

Here we go outside during the mass homicidal event. We follow three stories that eventually intertwine. Bloodier, scarier, and longer, this sequel is better than the first only because it broadens its scope. DeMonaco sharpens his horns on the subject matter thereby solidifying The Purge’s place as a full-time franchise.


Sinister (2012)

Whether or not you liked The Black Phone, Sinister is something you should watch if only to see Scott Derrickson’s progression as a director. His first theatrical horror feature, The Exorcism of Emily Rose wasn’t bad, but in Sinister he commands the atmosphere using unnerving images and unforgettable jump scares.

Ethan Hawke is Derrickson’s muse and gets star billing as the writer Ellison Oswalt who will do anything to write his next book. That means moving his family into a murder house without disclosure and riffling through supernatural snuff home movies containing acts of violence against children.

There is a sequel, but it’s not nearly as effective as the original.


Pet (2016)

This is probably one you’ve never heard of or if you have, the title is so generic that you passed it by. But this is a hidden gem in every sense of the phrase. Great acting, lots of tension, and a fine turn of events make this a weekend watch.

Basically, a psycho reconnects with an old crush who he kidnaps and holds captive in a cage beneath a pet shelter. A game of intellectual cat and mouse ensues and only one will survive. Does this have a happy ending or a justified one? You’ll have to see it to know. Fun fact: the final scene was filmed on the same set as the original Saw.


The Last Exorcism

Forget that this is rated PG-13. For some reason, The Motion Picture Rating system doesn’t account for nightmare fuel. This is one of the better found-footage-style films that will get under your skin. Produced by Eli Roth, the film follows Rev. Cotton Marcus, a renowned exorcist who is called to a remote farm in Louisiana to exorcise Satan from a young girl. Only, it’s not really Satan and stuff goes off the rails.

This has more bodily snap, crackle, and pop than Rice Krispies. And that ending.


Triangle (2009)

It might be too much of a spoiler to reveal most of this film’s plot. The less you know about this nautical ride the better. But what I will say is the payoff is worth it in the long run and things will all make sense in the end.

What I will say is that five friends are stranded in the middle of the ocean after their yacht capsizes. An ocean liner emerges to save them, but once on board, a masked killer runs loose. This has a jaw-dropper of a twist that might warrant a re-watch.


Train to Busan (2016)

Sigh, not another zombie movie; we’ve reached saturation. Or have we? There is a reason Train to Busan is so beloved among fans. South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho puts so much heart into this bloody thrill ride don’t be surprised if your eyes get watery.

The title explains pretty much everything you need to know about the movie just add “with zombies.” It’s an artform to create well-written characters around a zombie flick, but that’s just what Sang-ho does. Every consequence these people face hurts, but in the end, everything is as it should be. What would a top 10 list of horror movies be without this one?


The Shallows (2016)

There is no better shark movie than Ja—! Wait, actually there is one and it’s called The Shallows. You might wonder how a movie starring one person and a seagull could scare you, but this one will. This shark movie is about as tension-filled as Jaws, and Blake Lively should have gotten an Oscar nod. No joke.

Lively plays Nancy who is stranded on a large rock only 200 feet from shore. The only thing stopping her from swimming to freedom is a huge Great White shark with what seems like a personal vendetta. Perfect summer viewing.


Better Watch Out (2017)

Another title that would give too much away if I wrote about the plot. But I’ll do my best.

Better Watch Out is a home invasion thriller like no other. Ashley is the hot babysitter hired to watch over twelve-year-old Luke. Her charge is smitten by her and tries to get her affections. Even though it’s Christmas Ashley is not in the giving mood and eludes the minor’s advances.

But they must team up when a stranger from the outside keeps threatening to kill them if they leave. And that’s all I can say about that. This one is twisty and twisted.


Upgrade (2018)

Upgrade is Leigh Whanell’s passion project that is more sci-fi than horror. But you can’t deny its brutality and gore effects.

With beguiling camera work bolstered by incredible stunts and a great performance by lead Logan Marshall-Green, Upgrade is techno horror for the soul.

These are our top 10 horror movies on Peacock

There you have it, our top 10 horror movies on Peacock. The streaming service has struggled a bit to gain traction among all the other paywall entertainment apps, but it’s coming into its own. Although not mentioned above, the Firestarter remake made its debut on the channel to mostly negative reviews, but it’s a start to their catalog of originals.

On August 5, they are debuting the Kevin Bacon horror film They/Them, a slasher that takes place at an LGBTQ conversion therapy camp. Let us know if you plan on watching it.

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