The Watcher in the Woods Reviews

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April 14, 2020
Worth seeing as a genre film and the two ten year olds in front of me were gripped throughout. Maybe it's the first horror film for children.
June 19, 2019
It doesn't settle for cheap boring scares and or cheap gory scares.
March 26, 2019
It symbolizes the confusion that has been undermining Disney's live-action productions. Craving more stimulating material on one hand but still wedded to reassuring coziness on the other, the studio shortchanges both tendencies.
March 26, 2019
This being an early Eighties Disney film, there aren't too many headless corpses lurking in the house and surrounding woods, but there are still some genuine shivers.
December 4, 2018
Watcher in the Woods is a first-class thriller, far superior to the usual run of frightened-girl, creepy house movies.
November 30, 2018
Even with a lackluster ending, The Watcher in the Woods is one of the more effective young adult horror pictures.
November 30, 2018
The psychic alien time-warp plot is too silly for adults and not daft enough to make it a proper children's treat.
November 30, 2018
Davis, in her 50th year in movies, is wonderfully wicked. But she can't compensate, especially for the contrived ending of this Disneyville Horror.
July 30, 2018
The Watcher in the Woods is a haunting, unusual film, steeped in a strange magic that's only enhanced by the dense thicket of rumour and myth that surrounds it.
February 23, 2016
Dated Disney horror tale has occult themes, mild scares.
October 17, 2007
This tepid ghost story fails to focus on either its story or its target audience.
October 17, 2007
The acting and writing are barely professional but the art direction, especially Alan Hume's stunning camerawork, gives the pic a gloss.
January 26, 2006
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.
September 14, 2005
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.
August 10, 2005
January 15, 2005
I challenge even the most indulgent fan to give a coherent translation of what passes for an explanation at the end.
December 28, 2004
Creepy later-Bette Davis tale.
August 3, 2004
Horror-Lite.
April 18, 2003
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