I’ve been wanting to put Watcher in the Woods on this list for a while now because I such fond memories of watching it as a kid. I haven’t give it a spot yet because it’s been so hard to find that I didn’t want to post about it if no one could find it to watch. But I couldn’t wait any longer, so here we go with this old Disney bizarro delight. Here’s the brief imdb synopsis:
When a family moves to a country home, the young girls experience strange happenings that have a link to an occult event years past.
There was a time there when Disney was making a whole bunch of really weird and scary live action films, movies like Something Wicked This Way Comes, and even The Black Hole. Watcher in the Woods is such a weird movie, but when I was a super young kid, I was absolutely terrified of it. That’s the thing about this time period of Disney movies, they were geared toward young kids, so they definitely have those vibes, but they still have some really scary stuff in there. They didn’t treat kids with delicate cotton gloves; they actually wanted to scare them. Oh have times have changed… Regardless, this is a fun movie, mostly because, quite honestly, you don’t know where it’s going to go — is it supernatural? Is it occult? Is it a murderous town? Is it horror? Is it sci-fi? It’s a little all over the place, and that’s kinda the charm for me. Plus it has Bette Davis in it! *An important note, I mentioned earlier that this movie is hard to find. That is true for streaming, BUT the DVD is still out there. I actually found it at our local library! I would highly suggest you track down the DVD because it has the original uncut ending that is so completely insane I honestly can’t believe it isn’t talked about more. Complete with an amazing 80’s creature that most people never even got to see! So if you’re looking for a little nostalgia, get the DVD for $10 on Amazon or go find it at your local library. It’s actually worth the hunt, especially to see the bonkers original ending.
Where to Watch: Not streaming, but buy the DVD, or rent it at your local library. It’s worth the effort to see the original ending.
Food/Drink Pairing: A nice mug of hot cocoa, while listening to Bette Davis Eyes.