The Watcher in the Woods (1980) Poster

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Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • A girl cuts herself on a broken window; blood is briefly shown on her finger.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A shrieking face shown briefly during a carnival amusement ride causes an unexpected shock.
  • A girl is almost killed when an out-of-control motorcycle crashes in the spot where she was just standing.
  • Two girls and their mother barely escape death when a bridge collapses whilst they are driving across; this accident is implied to be supernatural in nature.
  • A mother shakes her hysterical daughter in a way that may be seen as violent.
  • There are repeated images of a ghostly figure, including one scary scene in which a character, trapped in a carnival house of mirrors, seems to be surrounded by ghosts.
  • A gamekeeper handles a dead bird and other dead animals are shown on a wall behind him. Sympathy is implied for the dead animals, all of which were found in poachers' traps, and these animals are shown in context with live animals rescued from the same traps.
  • On two occasions, a young girl appears to be possessed and speaks in a strange, disturbing voice.
  • A young girl appears to be struck and killed by a falling church bell.
  • Characters twice enact a ritual that may strike some viewers as occult in nature. Although this ritual is conducted in an abandoned church, the ritual is that of a club initiation or hazing ceremony and no occult or Satanic elements are mentioned.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A girl is trapped underwater, and her rescuer appears to be trying to force her down.

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