The Watcher in the Woods
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This Disney Studios attempt at entering the horror genre is a British production based on the chilling novel by Florence Engel Randall. An American family, headed by composer Paul Curtis (David McCallum) and his wife Helen (Carroll Baker), is renting an old mansion in England. The mansion's owner is Mrs. Aylwood (Bette Davis), who lives in a small guest house on the property. The mansion is surrounded by dense, forbidding woods. The Curtis children, Jan (Lynn-Holly Johnson) and Ellie (Kyle Richards), explore the forest. Mrs. Aylwood is continually searching the woods for her daughter --… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The acting and writing are barely professional but the art direction, especially Alan Hume's stunning camerawork, gives the pic a gloss."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"About as scary as a bagel that's been left out on the counter overnight. Okay, maybe it's a raisin bagel. I'll give you that much."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Decent but unsophisticated ghost story, best suited for young adults."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"When it became obvious that the film's mix of cutesy sentiment and vague scariness wasn't working, the company ordered whole sequences to be rewritten, re-shot or re-edited, then imposed a stupid ending that explains precisely nothing."
‑ , Time Out
"Creepy later-Bette Davis tale."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Fans of old-fashioned, atmospheric ghost tales will forgive the film's obvious faults, but even they will have a hard time generating much enthusiasm for the movie."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"This tepid ghost story fails to focus on either its story or its target audience."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"A movie about how a camera presents a point of view and of how that point of view, if it's not attached to a specific identity, can become menacingly voyeuristic."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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