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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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Mike Fleming
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Richard Pasco ...
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Eleanor Summerfield ...
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Storyline

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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It was just an innocent game... until a young girl vanished for thirty years See more »


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1981 (Mexico)  »

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Box Office

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$5,000,000 (USA)
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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Diane Lane was publicized as going to be appearing in this first released in 1980 picture portraying Jan Curtis. Lane did not appear in the film in the end with the part being portrayed instead by Lynn-Holly Johnson. Lane however was seen in another theatrical feature film first released that year called Touched by Love (1980) where she played a character called "Karen". Ironically, "Karen" is the same name of a significant character in The Watcher in the Woods (1980), whose anagram name spelled backwards is "NAREK", with this functioning as a significant story element in The Watcher in the Woods (1980). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

References The Legend of Hell House (1973) See more »

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The best disney film ever!
10 March 2004 | by (US of A) – See all my reviews

Beating other films such as "Candleshoe" and "Escape To Witch Mountain" by far, this is the best film Disney ever produced, and I am outraged that this film does NOT get the right justice it deserves! I have enjoyed this film for years, and years, and never would I have guessed that Disney is the real villian when it comes to this chiller! Disney used to make film for adults, as well as chilldren, and now, children are so spoiled and rotten, and Disney is the rat! All Disney ever does is make rediculous films and TV shows depicting miscreants and awful characters! Back in the day, when movies were made right, Disney knew how to pack a punch! Children are clueless as far as this film is concerned, they do not know how to enjoy it, at least, not like we adults can. This movie was the film that made music box music a vary creepy thing, as Stanly Meyers brilliant score opens the film, with a slight ringing, and strings bringing out the dead still of the woods. The rest of the film is followed by great acting, good cinematography, and terrific special effects! What else an I say about this ghost story about families, alike, and different, and haunted by the lost spirit of a girl, trying to find her way home, and the angry soul, who switched places with her years ago? I LOVE this film, I will always praise it to the highest, and I weep for those who dismiss it!


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