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


When seen in the mirror maze Karen is wearing white tights. When she returns to the chapel they are gone. See more »


Mrs. Aylwood: [to unseen presence in the woods] She's going to stay here. Is that what you wanted?
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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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