The Watcher in the Woods

The Watcher in the Woods

Director: John Hough, Vincent McEveety Cast: Bette Davis, Carroll Baker


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A chilling and atmospheric tale of haunting mystery set in the English countryside, The Watcher in the Woods arrives on DVD courtesy of Disney/Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional French subtitles. Extra features include alternate endings and original theatrical trailers.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2004
UPC: 0786936234220
Original Release: 1981
Rating: PG
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 2,317

Special Features

Alternate endings; Original theatrical trailers; French and Spanish language tracks; French subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Mrs. Aylwood
Carroll Baker Helen Curtis
David McCallum Paul Curtis
Ian Bannen John Keller
Lynn-Holly Johnson Jan Curtis
Kyle Richards Ellie Curtis
Richard Pasco Tom Colley
Frances Cuka Mary Fleming
Benedict Taylor Mike Fleming
Eleanor Summerfield Mrs. Thayer
Georgina Hale Young Mrs. Aylwood
Katherine Levy Karen Aylwood
Stanley Myers Conductor

Technical Credits
John Hough Director
Vincent McEveety Director
Alan Cassie Art Director
Brian Clemens Screenwriter
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Walt Disney Producer
Harrison Ellenshaw Production Designer
Geoffrey Foot Editor
Alan Hume Cinematographer
Tom Leetch Co-producer
Ron Miller Producer
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Emma Porteous Costumes/Costume Designer
John Richardson Special Effects
Elliot Scott Production Designer
Jim Shields Sound Editor
Rosemary Anne Sisson Screenwriter
Harry Spalding Screenwriter
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Secluded [5:15]
2. Something Awful [5:48]
3. Ghost [6:21]
4. Karen [6:46]
5. The Woods [6:33]
6. Nonsense [6:00]
7. The Coffin [5:30]
8. Spooked [6:16]
9. Mirrors [4:03]
10. The Old Chapel [3:37]
11. Do It Again [9:05]
12. The Séance [9:09]

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The Watcher in the Woods 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Aesclinn More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie as a child and it is still, some 30 yrs, later, remained a favorite of mine. Mystery and suspense abound in this wonderful family movie! It's perfect for the over 7s that are wanting something more than cartoon fluff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For thost that don't know, this flick was shot on 3 different times because the ending was laughed at by test audiences. The movie itself is a good sci-fi flick with an atmospheric feel to it about a girl who disappeared 30 years ago under mysterious circumstances. An American family looking for a place to rent, finds this one, fully furnished, & beautiful woods. Jan (Johnson) is the oldest girl who looks like Karen, the landlady's girl who wnet away 30 years ago. After some clue finding, she reunites the 3 with Karen then, they redo the initiation ceremony they did in the chapel when she went away. She finds several odds clues, the solar eclipse, Karen's image in mirrors, & blue lights in the woods. It stars Bette Davis as Karen's mom, Mrs. Ayllwood. The 1st of 2 alternate endings features an alien who takes Jan away, then Karen & Jan reappear together on Earth. Jans says Karen was frozen in time & space. The 2nd ending shows the same alien, but shows the spaceship where the alien is, Jan rescues Karen, & they go back to Earth together. The current ending shows Ellie (Jan's younger sister) talking in a strange voice while they do the ceremony, 2 lights appear, then it goes black for a bit in the chapel & Karen shows up just Mrs. Ayllwood arrives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fist saw this movie when I was a child and the neighbors rented this Disney flick for the kids to watch while the grown-ups played cards. It soon transpired that two scared little girls couldn't get to sleep that night! Now in my twenties I had found a vhs copy and was suprised to find it was still a scary movie and one I have enjoyed on many repeated viewings. The watcher is still scary to someone who lives near the woods and sometimes feels as if there could be something just beyond sight tracking you. I also have to mention how refreshing it is when you watch an older movie to notice how much more real the actors look compared to today. The super glossy hair and heavy make-up seen so often on todays movie "teenagers" and hip adults lends them a sense of un-reality that takes you out of the movies. It is nice to find people you can relate to.