Review: ‘The Watcher in the Woods’

Although Bette Davis has star billing there's not much reason for it as the film revolves around teenager Lynn-Holly Johnson who just happens to resemble the long-lost daughter of Davis.

Although Bette Davis has star billing there’s not much reason for it as the film revolves around teenager Lynn-Holly Johnson who just happens to resemble the long-lost daughter of Davis.

Johnson’s family (Carroll Baker, David McCallum and Kyle Richards) rent the huge country house belonging to Davis, who lives in a nearby cottage and depends on the big-house rentals for income. The pretitle sequences establish the house and woods (which actually appear to encroach on the house at times) with being something less than fun city. Whatever is out there, however, remains undiscovered even after the film has ended.

The acting and writing are barely professional but the art direction, especially Alan Hume’s stunning camerawork, gives the pic a gloss.

The Watcher in the Woods

UK

Production

Walt Disney. Director John Hough; Producer Ron Miller; Screenplay Brian Clemens, Harry Spalding, Rosemary Anne Sisson; Camera Alan Hume; Editor Geoffrey Foot; Music Stanley Myers; Art Director Alan Cassie

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Bette Davis Carroll Baker David McCallum Ian Bannen Lynn-Holly Johnson Kyle Richards

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