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
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In 2002, director John Hough said of this film: "You couldn't play a scene with Bette Davis and not really think and not be on your toes, as you just wouldn't have any impact on the scene at all." See more »
When seen in the mirror maze Karen is wearing white tights. When she returns to the chapel they are gone. See more »
She had to. She had to push you down to get you loose from the branch. She saved your life.
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Two endings were shot for the film: the original ending depicted the three adults in the circle. Instead of Ellie coming in, possessed by the spirit, a black demonic creature comes up the aisle and envelopes Jan. They ascend and disappear into thin air. Jan's mother then comes in and wonders where Jan is. When she can't get a word out of them, she starts to worry to the extent. Then, out of nowhere, Jan re-appears with Karen, still the same age as she was when the incident in the film first took place, and she takes Karen to see her now aged mother. They run in the lawn and embrace each other, with Jan in the background, crying with Joy, then Ellie asks where the Watcher went to. Jan replies "Home, where ever that is." Thus the credits come. See more »
I have seen The Watcher in the Woods a couple times now, and I think it's a great movie. I can see where it may scare smaller children, but it shouldn't be avoided if you're older. I know many people think that Disney doesn't make good movies, but they have some excellent films. I love all their movies, but this one stands out. Disney does pretty good for PG rated sci-fi/horror fliks. Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Black Hole, and The Black Cauldron are also excellent films in this genre. All in all, The Watcher in the Woods is a great movie that, I think, everyone should see.
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