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Year: 1980
Original Title: The Watcher in the Woods
Length: 80 minutes
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Studios: Walt Disney Pictures
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: August 26 1981

United States: April 17 1980


Ranking: 3,900 out of 16,237 movies (up 2389)


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The Curtis family looks for a house to rent in England while their patriarch Paul, a music composer, conducts an opera. The family is shown a secluded manor house owned by the eccentric Mrs. Aylwood, who lives in a small cottage on the property, set on the edge of a forest. While investigating the manor, youngest daughter Ellie Curtis is drawn to a bedroom overlooking the woods. Jan, the eldest daughter, looks out a window in the adjoining bedroom, and sees a blue glow in the forest as the window shatters. Mrs. Aylwood believes Jan is "sensitive" to signs, and decides to rent to the family. Ellie starts to listen, and Jan starts to see, a young teenage girl who mysteriously disappeared during a total solar eclipse decades before...


Cast The Watcher in the Woods

Bette Davis

Bette Davis

Sra. Aylwood

Kyle Richards

Kyle Richards

Ellie Curtis

Carroll Baker

Carroll Baker

Helen Curtis

David McCallum

David McCallum

Paul Curtis



Trivia The Watcher in the Woods

Star Bette Davis celebrated her 50th Anniversary year in the motion picture business at the world premiere of this film. Director John Hough said that Brian Clemens wrote the version of the screenplay he was most interested in directing but the Disney Studios decided that this version was much too dark and hired Rosemary Anne Sisson to lighten it up in a re-write. The film has a new version in a TV movie that was released in 2017. Anjelica Huston played Bette Davis' role.