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The Watcher in the Woods (2017)

TV-PG | | Horror | 21 October 2017 (USA)
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

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Scott Abbott (teleplay), Florence Engel Randall (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anjelica Huston ... Mrs. Aylwood
Tallulah Evans ... Jan Carstairs
Nicholas Galitzine ... Mark Fleming
Dixie Egerickx ... Ellie Carstairs
Rufus Wright Rufus Wright ... Paul Carstairs
Melanie Gutteridge 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK

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Hartbreak Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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Production costs were an issue, so rather than flying Americans to the UK and funding their stay, all of the actors were cast in Britain, with the sole exception of Anjelica Huston. See more »

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

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The Watcher in the Woods is... Nearly a Fail, But is Somewhat Saved at the End.
5 October 2018 | by NarniaIsAwesomeSee all my reviews

Although the plot is slightly intriguing (strange happenings in a creepy mansion), and not everything about it is bad, there's something about it that comes off cheesy. I can't decide if it's the poor film quality, or the over done scary-movie cliches that happen too soon in the story; i.e. old ladies "sneaking" up, antique dolls, haunted little girls, and crows.

And, of course, there's the parents that refuse to believe anything is amiss. Please, filmmakers/writers, can we have open-minded adults just for once!!! It really wouldn't make the story any less creepy.

There's also many non-scary movie cheesy plot terrors: a boy telling our protagonist "I've never met a girl like you before" after knowing her for a total of 1 day. Additionally, they mention a certain character is homeless, yet later we see her living comfortably in her not too shabby trailer. (Plot hole alert!)

In it's defense, Anjelica Huston is pretty talented in her role, some of the camera shots are genius, and the locations are beautiful. And it picks up a little towards the end, luckily.

So, if you're wanting a truly haunting mystery, you could take or leave this.


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