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The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

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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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Karen Aylwood (uncredited in the shortened 1981 release)
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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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Also in the DVD commentary, John Hough states that Brian Clemens wrote the version of the screenplay he was most interested in directing, but Disney decided that this version was much too dark, and hired Rosemary Anne Sisson to lighten it up. See more »

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When the mother gets scared about what is happening to her daughters and decides to flee, you can see a hose behind the car providing the rain just before they drive onto the bridge. See more »

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Mrs. Aylwood: Did you hurt yourself?
Jan Curtis: Oh, it's just a little cut. I thought... I thought I saw something out there in the woods.
Mrs. Aylwood: What sort of person are you?
Jan Curtis: That's hard to say. Just average, I guess.
Mrs. Aylwood: Are you adventurous? And kind? Are you kind?
Jan Curtis: I... try to be.
Mrs. Aylwood: And sensitive? Do you sense things?
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Disney Can Be Scary? When Did This Happen?
2 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never knew that a Disney movie could be as scary as The Watcher In The Woods. It had to be one of the scariest movies, I have ever seen. I know this sounds really dumb because of the fact that it is a Disney movie, but I couldn't believe it myself. I think that the plot of the movie was just like any other scary movie. A little kid plays where they are not supposed to and so on. The sound track to the movie definitely intensifies the scariness too. I remember the first time I saw this movie was in fourth grade. Taken in the fact that I was in fourth grade, I thought this was the scariest movie ever. I watched it with my good friend who was also in fourth grade. We had just finished eating ice cream so we had spoons. If you could believe it, from watching this movie, a fourth grade girl bent a spoon almost in half. She was so scared; she said she needed the spoon for protection. Let me just say for the record, if you're in the mood to watch a really scary movie, Disney movies can be tossed in the bowl too.


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