The Watcher in the Woods
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 3, 2004
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum, Benedict Taylor, Frances Cuka, Richard Pasco & Ian Bannen|
|Directed by||John Hough|
|Edited by||Geoffrey Foot|
|Screenwriting by||Brian Clemens, Rosemary Anne Sisson & Harry Spalding|
|Composition by||Stanley Myers|
|Produced by||Ron Miller|
|Director of Photography:||Alan Hume|
Davis, in her 50th year in movies, is wonderfully wicked. But she can't compensate, especially for the contrived ending of this Disneyville Horror. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- The psychic alien time-warp plot is too silly for adults and not daft enough to make it a proper children's treat. Full Review
The Watcher in the Woods is a haunting, unusual film, steeped in a strange magic that's only enhanced by the dense thicket of rumour and myth that surrounds it. Full Review
Sight and Sound
Rating: B -- It doesn't settle for cheap boring scares and or cheap gory scares. Full Review
Rachel's Reviews (YouTube)
Rating: 2/5 -- Dated Disney horror tale has occult themes, mild scares. Full Review
Common Sense Media
When it became obvious that the film's mix of cutesy sentiment and vague scariness wasn't working, the company ordered whole sequences to be rewritten, re-shot or re-edited, then imposed a stupid ending that explains precisely nothing. Full Review
I challenge even the most indulgent fan to give a coherent translation of what passes for an explanation at the end.
New York Times
In this spooky suspense film, an American family moves into a creepy manor house located within a wooded area in the English countryside. Before long they start to see some odd things, like mirrors that don't reflect, and the ghost of blindfolded girl. The new tenants learn that 30 years ago, a teenage girl, who bears an uncanny resemblance to their daughter Jan (Lynn-Holly Johnson), disappeared nearby. Soon, the supernatural presence starts contacting both sisters.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Watcher In The Woods
Legendary actress and two-time Oscar(R)-winner Bette Davis (DANGEROUS, 1935; JEZEBEL, 1938) stars in this frightening and atmospheric thriller. When an American teenager joins her family in an English country house, she experiences strange and supernatural occurrences. Mrs. Alywood (Davis), the kindly caretaker, knows the dark secret behind the happenings ... and prepares for the return of a young girl who died mysteriously some 30 years earlier! THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS weaves a haunting, riveting tale that stays with you long after the explosive ending!
Demonic Possession | Ghosts | Mystery | Suspense | Thriller | Supernatural | Theatrical Release | Sci-Fi / Horror / Fantasy | Haunted Houses | 1980s | Teenage Girls | Paranormal | Based On A Novel
- After its theatrical release, this film was reworked by director Vincent McEveety and re-released in 1981.
- Shot in Technicolor.
- Additional cast: Kyle Richards (Ellie Curtis), Frances Cuka (Mary Fleming).
- Additional credits: Richard Hoult (assistant director).
- Sales Rank: 36,095
- UPC: 786936234220
- Shipping Weight: 0.16/lbs (approx)
- International Shipping: 1 item
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