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The Watcher in the Woods (2017)

TV-PG | | Horror | TV Movie 21 October 2017
Mrs. Aylwood is a distraught mother since her daughter, Karen, vanished in the Welsh countryside 30 years ago. When the Carstairs family move into the Aylwood manor for the summer., strange... See full summary »

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Melissa Joan Hart

Writers:

Scott Abbott (teleplay), Florence Engel Randall (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anjelica Huston ... Mrs. Aylwood
Tallulah Evans ... Jan Carstairs
Nicholas Galitzine ... Mark Fleming
Dixie Egerickx ... Ellie Carstairs
Rufus Wright ... Paul Carstairs
Melanie Gutteridge ... Kate Carstairs
Melanie Walters ... Helen Taylor
Rebecca Acock Rebecca Acock ... Karen Aylwood (as Rebecca Aycock)
Ioan Hefin ... Tom Colley
Benedict Taylor ... John Keller
Crisian Emanuel Crisian Emanuel ... Mrs. Fleming
Di Botcher ... Mrs. Thayer
Steven Elliot Steven Elliot ... The Watcher
John Cording ... Old Gent
Pal Aron Pal Aron ... Constable
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Mrs. Aylwood is a distraught mother since her daughter, Karen, vanished in the Welsh countryside 30 years ago. When the Carstairs family move into the Aylwood manor for the summer., strange occurrences begin to unnerve the family and Jan begins to suspect that they are linked to Karen's disappearance. As Jan unravels the dark past hidden by the townspeople, she delves further into the mystery and deeper into danger, but now it might be too late to escape the Watcher in the Woods. Written by Official site

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Director Melissa Joan Hart wanted to portray Mrs. Aylwood, but she was too young for the role and her mother, producer Paula Hart, convinced her that the aging prosthetics would be time consuming and cost prohibitive. After committing herself to direct, Melissa toyed with the notion of playing Jan and Ellie's mom, but she opted against acting in the movie to keep from becoming overwhelmed. See more »

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Version of The Watcher in the Woods (1980) See more »

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Mediocre Retelling
28 June 2019 | by garyrogers-67484See all my reviews

Maybe I'm biased since I grew up reading the original novel and watching the original film version of The Watcher in the Woods, but this film doesn't deliver any of the same thrills as the source material. Even the usually wonderful Anjelica Huston feels like she's phoning it in (with an accent that comes and goes at whim).

It starts out well enough, but it soon takes a few detours and adds in a ridiculous, silly backstory involving the Black Plague to explain who "the watcher" is and what their game is. It kills a lot of the mystery and manages to drag down the pacing (which really takes skill since the film isn't even 90 minutes long).

If you're a fan of the original movie or the novel, you're likely to be very disappointed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Wales, UK

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Hartbreak Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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