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The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

PG  |   |  Family, Horror, Mystery  |  1981 (Mexico)
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When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.

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Helen Curtis
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Karen Aylwood (uncredited in the shortened 1981 release)
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Mrs. Thayer
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When a normal American family moves into a beautiful old English house in a wooded area, strange, paranormal appearances befall them in this interesting twist to the well-known haunted-house tale. Their daughter Jan sees, and daughter Ellie hears, the voice of a young teenage girl who mysteriously disappeared during a total solar eclipse decades before... Written by Michael Ducharme <ducharme@escape.ca>

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Director John Hough was not involved in the ending re-shoots. See more »

Goofs

When Jan goes to see Mr Keller she leans her bike against the right hand door post, but when she leaves she collects her bike from the opposite door post. See more »

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Jan Curtis: Mom said she'd only be a minute.
Paul Curtis: Yeah, well that means ten.
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The scariest Disney movie ever!
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie terrified me as a child. So I ran across it and had to buy it. I was expecting it to be horrible and cheesy as an adult, but I was wrong.

This movie has some scary parts, even to adults, and I've watched hundreds of horror movies. This one still creates a few chills.

The basic plot is that a family moves to a new house next to some spooky old lady. One of the daughters starts seeing weird things, like a blind-folded girl in the mirror. She also learns the spooky old-lady neighbor had a daughter that disappeared about 20 or 30 years ago. She investigates this mystery despite the scary things that happen.

I promise this movie will at least give you a few chills. The creepy girl in the mirror still freaks me out. It's hard to believe this was a Disney film.


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