The Brannock family moves into a clean house at the start of the story. 

The cast includes Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Mia Farrow, and lady of the moment Jennifer Coolidge.  

Everything is the picture of a white picket fence until letters from a person obsessed with the home, its sinister past, and therefore the Brannocks themselves in the present begin to arrive. 

The Broaddus family began adjusting to suburban life in 2014 when they moved into a six-bedroom, $1.35 million house in Westfield, New Jersey. 

However, according to a 2018 article in The Cut, the source for The Watcher, Derek Broaddus afterward got a letter.  

The house has been my family’s focus for many years, and as it gets close to turning 110, I’ve been given the responsibility of keeping an eye out for its second coming. 

In the 1920s, my grandpa kept watch over the home; in the 1960s, it was my father. Now is my moment.  

The email first asked more questions than a curious toddler, but it soon turned hostile, criticizing the family for housebuilding work and mentioning private family information like the nicknames of the three Broaddus children.  

The Broaddus family called the police, who then started looking for the offender while concentrating on the neighbors who would have had a good view. 

One such neighbor was Michael Langford, who vehemently denied any participation.