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Release Date:
1981 (Mexico) See more »
Scared of going into the woods? You should be ... See more »
When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Absolutely Petifying See more (86 total) »


  (in credits order)

Bette Davis ... Mrs. Aylwood

Lynn-Holly Johnson ... Jan Curtis

Kyle Richards ... Ellie Curtis

Carroll Baker ... Helen Curtis

David McCallum ... Paul Curtis

Benedict Taylor ... Mike Fleming
Frances Cuka ... Mary Fleming
Richard Pasco ... Tom Colley

Ian Bannen ... John Keller
Katharine Levy ... Karen Aylwood
Eleanor Summerfield ... Mrs. Thayer

Georgina Hale ... Young Mrs. Aylwood
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dominic Guard ... Young John Keller (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hough 
Vincent McEveety (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Clemens  screenplay
Gerry Day  uncredited
Florence Engel Randall  novel "A Watcher in the Woods"
Rosemary Anne Sisson  screenplay
Harry Spalding  screenplay

Produced by
Hugh Attwooll .... associate producer
Tom Leetch .... co-producer
Ron Miller .... producer
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume 
Film Editing by
Geoffrey Foot 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Production Design by
Elliot Scott 
Art Direction by
Alan Cassie 
Set Decoration by
Ian Whittaker 
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous  (as Emma Porteus)
Makeup Department
Jill Carpenter .... makeup: for Miss Davis
Eileen Fletcher .... makeup
Ernest Gasser .... makeup chief (as Ernie Gasser)
Joyce James .... hairdresser chief
Betty Sherriff .... hairdresser
Bobbie Smith .... hairdresser: for Miss Davis
Production Management
Steve Lanning .... production manager
Basil Rayburn .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Hoult .... assistant director
Michael Murray .... second assistant director
Paul Tivers .... third assistant director
Art Department
Maria Caso .... assistant art director
John B. Mansbridge .... art director: Other World sequence
Bryn Siddall .... property buyer
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Sound Department
Keith Batten .... boom operator
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist
Jim Shields .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Danny Lee .... special mechanical effects: other world sequence
John Richardson .... special effects
Neil Corbould .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Tony Dunsterville .... trainee pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Ricky Farns .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Pohl .... special effects artist (uncredited)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jack Boyd .... animation effects: Other World sequence
Jane Boyd .... animation effects: Other World sequence
Bob Broughton .... special photographic effects: Other World sequence
Bob Broughton .... special photographic effects: final sequence
Robin Browne .... photographic processes
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects: final sequence
Harrison Ellenshaw .... designer: final sequence
John Emerson .... alien designer: Other World sequence
Andy Gaskill .... alien designer: Other World sequence (as Andrew Gaskill)
Joe Hale .... alien designer: Other World sequence
Joe Hale .... animation supervisor: Other World sequence
Rick Heinrichs .... alien designer: Other World sequence
Don Henry .... visual effects: final sequence
Dick Kendall .... visual effects: final sequence
Brian Longbotham .... kinetic light: Other World sequence
David Mattingly .... matte artist: Other World sequence (as David B. Mattingly)
David Mattingly .... visual effects: final sequence
Sam Nicholson .... kinetic light: Other World sequence
Henry Selick .... alien designer: Other World sequence (as C. Henry Selick)
Tad Krzanowski .... model effects (uncredited)
Jon Sorensen .... visual effects camera (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunt supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Brookner .... assistant camera
Godfrey A. Godar .... additional photography
Jack Lowin .... camera operator
Malcolm MacIntosh .... camera operator
Doug Mathias .... gaffer: Gaffer: additional photography
Charles F. Wheeler .... additional photography
Location Management
Peter Bennett .... location manager
Rita Davison .... location manager
Other crew
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef
Kay Fenton .... continuity
Leon Harris .... creator: Other World sequence (as Leon R. Harris)

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84 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Singapore:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

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About one week into production filming on this picture, circa late August - early September 1981, the Disney Studio had re-thinked the project, and changed the type of film from being a made-for-television tele-movie to a theatrical feature film cinema movie.See more »
Continuity: When Jan and Mr. Keller are in the chapel waiting for the rest of the people to come she looks through a stained glass window. It is a big missing piece she looks through, but when they show the rest of the people coming it shows the lead in the glass minus the stained glass rather than one big missing piece.See more »
Paul Curtis:You know how old mirrors are. I never made a move yet without something getting broken.
Ellie Curtis:Hey, that's seven years' bad luck!
Paul Curtis:Nonsense. I broke a mirror the day I met your mother.
Helen Curtis:I'm not sure that makes your point, darling.
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely Petifying, 12 April 2006
Author: russtem_1 from United Kingdom

I watched this film when I was about 7 I think and I am not joking when I say it had a profound effect upon me and many of my friends. I was terrified of the dark for years and even scared to look in the mirror in case there was someone else staring back. Quite how this film was shown at 6pm on a Tuesday has always baffled me. It was a shocking decision by the BBC and they would never get away with it now. I met a guy at university who had also been traumatised by this film and I think we bonded over it because we are still very good friends! My memories of it are quite hazy but I'm sure I started crying half way through and didn't stop until the end; would have turned it off but my 10 year old sister wanted to watch it or rather wanted to watch me cry and I was too scared to leave the room. I'm giving it a 9 for fright value. It was a good film and a good idea.

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