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“The smarter you are, the worse everything looks.”

The main plot for Watchers 2 is the same as for Watchers 1. Two genetically engineered creatures are made in a secret lab. One is a monster and one is a dog. Of course they are weapons. The dog infiltrates an area. The monster then goes into that area and kills whatever the target is and then kills the dog. “Watchers 2”, however, follows the book by Dean Koontz a little more than the first one did.

A disgruntled mad scientist, Steve Malceno (Jonathan Farwell), contacts animal rights people to release test animals. He tells them to stay out of the lower levels because there is radioactive material down there. Of course they go down there. Both the dog and the creature escape. The dog is a golden retriever with superior intelligence and the ability to communicate. The other is a mutant monster known as the Outsider. An assassin created to track the dog and kill whoever is comes in contact with it.

The dog befriends an AWOL Marine named Paul Ferguson (Marc Singer). It has him contact Barbara White (Tracy Scoggins), a psychologist from the laboratory. The three of them first need to find out what is after them. When they learn of the Outsider, they know they will never be able to outrun it. They will have to make a stand. Because it’s coming after them. And it will not stop.

“Watchers II” was released in 1990 and was directed by Thierry Notz. It is based on a book by Dean Koontz and was produced by Roger Corman. It is the second Watchers movie in the Watchers marathon. Not a sequel but more of a re-do. It is closer to the original story but of course being a movie there is much that was left out. It’s a little grosser than the first movie. There is one boob shot scene.

I’ve seen some reviews that were bad. Some were down right rude. On the other hand a lot of people loved it. I liked it too. Yes, it is not the same as the book. Movies never are. I am as big a Dean Koontz fan as anyone else. His stories are so engrossing that I never expect a movie to match it in any way. Some come close, but Koontz has a way of writing that triggers your imagination and watching a movie takes that away. But, if you look at it as a basic lower budget “B” movie all by itself, it’s a pretty good movie. Forget that it’s Koontz. Think Roger Corman.

The dog’s name is Dakai.