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The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

PG | | Family, Horror, Mystery | 1981 (Mexico)
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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Jan Curtis
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Ellie Curtis
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Helen Curtis
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Paul Curtis
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Mike Fleming
Frances Cuka ...
Mary Fleming
Richard Pasco ...
Tom Colley
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John Keller
Katharine Levy ...
Karen Aylwood
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Mrs. Thayer
Georgina Hale ...
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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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Scared of going into the woods? You should be ... See more »


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1981 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Az erdei kápolna titka  »

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The Anchor Bay DVD release was originally going to be a two-disc set, with both the famous original 100 minute cut that test audiences saw (Anchor Bay found the footage that was thought destroyed, and was going to re-edit it as close as possible to the preview version) and the theatrical 84 minute cut. Unfortunately Disney did not allow Anchor Bay to have the original cut, and only let them use the two "alternate endings" which now appear on the DVD. This explains why director John Hough referring to the movie as being finally edited the way he intended (the commentary was recorded before Anchor Bay had to drop the two-disc idea), when it actually isn't. The alternate endings, however, do provide the majority of the missing footage from the 1981 preview, save some small scenes/changes. Hough explains that "his" ending is a combination of the two alternate endings and the film's current ending. See more »

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In the alternate ending, when the alien ascends with Jan in its arms, the wires used to cause ascension are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Tom Colley: Here. Hold. It won't hurt you none. They know when you try to help.
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Featured in The Story of Hell House (2014) See more »

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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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