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Horror - Ghosts

The Watcher in the Woods (2017)

Duration1h 27m
RatingsUK:  TV Movie. USA: TV-PG
Source of storyBased on an earlier film and a novel by Florence Engel Randall
DirectorMelissa Joan Hart
Writers/ScriptScott Abbott
StarringAngelica Huston, Tallulah Evans, Nicholas Galitzine, Rufus Wright, Melania Gutteridge

Elevator Pitch: An American family take up residence in a house in Wales, the usual inhabitant, Mrs Aylwood, moving out into the estate cottage. When strange events start to occur the elder daughter, Jan, starts to investigate and finds out that Mrs Aylwood’s daughter Karen had disappeard in the woods thirty years before, and it seems that what is happening is in some way related. Despite opposition from the locals she persists with her quest eventually putting herself and her family at risk.

Content: There is no sex or nudity or anything else to offend. The young investigator, Jan, forms friendships locally, firstly with a young man and then with Mrs Aylwood herself. The American family drive about in their Volvo and install themselves in the house. Then some strange things happen in the night, the younger daughter appearign to be possessed by something. There is a lot of wandering about in the woods by the girls and Mrs Aylwood,with some unusual results.

A View: This is a very thin plot, which seems to lack something which was in  both the novel and the previous film, i.e who is this watcher and what is going on? It was not much liked by the IMDb public, possibly because of the finaincial restrictions. To start with all the cast were British except for Angelica Huston, who is supposed to be Welsh. They obviously could not afford a voice coach, since the actress seemed to be constantly searching for the appropriate accent, sometimes appearing to be Irish and sometimes Scottish. To sum up, perhaps it might be horror for kids, so if you are not one, give it a miss.

Additional info: If the name of the director seems to be familiar, it is. She was Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 

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