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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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Mike Fleming
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Karen Aylwood (uncredited in the shortened 1981 release)
Eleanor Summerfield ...
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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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 seen in the mirror maze Karen is wearing white tights. When she returns to the chapel they are gone. See more »

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Jan Curtis: Something awful happened here. I can feel it. Something awful.
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Spoofed in Winnie the Pooh (2011) See more »

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The watcher should have picked something better than these woods
12 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mediocre scare flick, rather dark for a Disney film but not really very frightening. Lynn-Holly Johnson is an appallingly bad actress ruining every scene she's in. Old pros David McCallum and Carroll Baker are wasted. Poor Bette Davis is spared nothing, made to look perhaps the worst she ever did on screen except in Baby Jane where at least she was supposed to look bad. She's still the most compelling presence in the film in her brief scenes. Weak special effects and a nonsensical story don't pull the viewer in, something that's crucial in a film like this. If you enjoy chillers there are dozens of films that would do the trick far better than this blah effort.


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