The Watcher in the Woods (2017)

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

So-so remake of '80s thriller has mild scares.

NR 2017 87 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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age 8+

Good Spooky but Not Scary Movie

So my 8yo is in to "scary" stories. She loves Coraline and the Goosebumps books. But we are trepidacous about the whole scary movie genre. This is a kid who only made it through the first 10 min of Hocus Pocus last year. Anyway, she has become obsessed with all things "scary", and by scary I really mean spooky not scary. That is a hard bill to fill for an 8yo. We've seen Goonies, Ghostbusters etc. She covers her eyes if anything gets too intense for her, but she loves them. So, I remembered Watcher in the woods w Bette Davis, and thought, aha! However, I couldn't find it on Prime or Netflix. Instead I found this recent remake. I NEVER would have watched a remake (I adore Bette Davis) but it has Angelics Houston. I mean, come on. It's got to at least be decent. So we just finished watching it. My 8yo liked it and so did my 10yo. A.H. acted her butt off considering the made for TV-esque nature of this remake. In general the acting (especially the young actor who played Ellie) was pretty good. The dad stank, but what can you do.? Special effects were low budget but convincing, and not too scary. I mean this is about a girl who has disappeared and "spirits" and whatnot. So, there is definite spookiness. This is squeaky clean. No foul language and not even any kissing. There is one scene where a boy leans in to kiss the main character Jan, and she puts her hand out to shake his instead. I definitely met our scary movie needs for the night. Thank you Angelica Houston for living up to my Bette Davis expectations. My only strong critique would be. What the heck spooky film, set in Wales, in the woods is shot in the dang blaring sun!? Were there no cloudy days on the horizon? Also, Jan is a strong minded young lady who doesn't get washed out by the male characters. I liked that.

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