Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Who is in the Woods?

I normally love to chat about books each week, but this week I am branching out a little because I can’t get this movie out of my mind. Blame it on the birthday party I went to Saturday night!

Everyone knows that a good sleepover involves scaring yourselves silly. At every overnight my friends and I watch a movie that we think will scare us, but of course it has to be parent approved (PG). There are lots of movies out there that give us the chills, but our favorite has to be Watcher in the Woods.  It's an older movie that my mom had in her collection. I guess she used to watch it when she was my age. Now all my friends make me bring it to their parties, even though we have all seen it. Still, I have to peek from behind my fingers for most of it and thinking about certain scenes gives me the chills.  Thank goodness for the buttery popcorn and chewy Twizzlers that I munch on to ease my stress.

When Jan, her sister, Ellie, and their parents move into an old spooky mansion they have no idea that their lives are about to change. The movie begins, and you feel like you are a watcher spying on the family as they settle in to their new home. As they begin to unpack their belongings, a mirror breaks and Jan swears that she sees a weird vision of a blindfolded girl in it. Jan’s strange visions don’t end there, and no one seems to believe her. The mansion has a caretaker of sorts, Mrs. Aylwood (Bette Davis) whose daughter, Karen, died in a fire years before. Is it a coincidence that Ellie ends up adopting a dog she names Narek? There seems to be a lot of signs pointing to the past, if they can only figure out the clues in time. Is there someone in the woods watching them? What happened at the chapel in the woods? What secret has been hidden all these years? The way this movie is shot and the supernatural elements will have you shrieking as you dare to peek at the screen.


I don’t like to be scared all the time, but I like how the movie gave me the shivers! There is a scene where Jan falls into the water and Mrs. Aylwood is stirring the water over her that freaks me out! I had no idea Bette Davis could be so scary! For anyone that likes a good fright- check out Watcher in the Woods! Kids who watch this should be old enough that their parents let them watch PG movies and they should enjoy a good dose of fear! The craziest part for me is that it's a Disney movie. I had no idea they made movies like this, but this one gives me goose bumps every time I think about it! 



Has anyone else seen Watcher in the Woods? Or have you seen another movie that unexpectedly made you scream? We’d love to hear about it!

Happy Reading and Watching!
~L

26 comments:

  1. Greetings,

    I'm not at all familiar with "The Watcher in the Woods." Bette Davis can be most scary. I've always thought that.

    I shall tell you about a movie that made me unexpectedly scream. Dick Van Dyke doing that awful Cockney accent in the movie, "Mary Poppins." I screamed with horror! :)

    Happy reading, watching and writing.

    Gary

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    1. Gary- I had to laugh when I read about your unexpected scream! :) ~L

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  2. I've never seen this but even the trailer gives me the willies, lol. I'm a fraidy cat!

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    1. Cate- It is scary- especially for a Disney movie! :) ~L

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  3. I knew I knew this title. Watched as a girl, I haven't seen it since. Away to see if its available on LoveFilm, I'd love to watch it again

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    1. Tracy- I hope it was available on LoveFilm! I am sure it would be interesting for you to watch it again. :) ~L

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  4. I remember watching this with my college roommates and it freaked us all out! I'm definitely a scary movie wimp :)

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    1. Meradeth- How fun that you watched it with your college roommates! I agree that it is scary. :) ~L

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  5. I think I am now too scared to watch it! Lol...

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  6. I saw this movie years ago, and I can't remember how scared I was. Guess I'll have to watch it again. Let's see popcorn, hot cocoa and candles should help set the mood.

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    1. Lee- The mood you described sounds perfect! Happy watching. :) ~L

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  7. I have become more of a horror film-wuss these years. Used to love watching them and scaring myself silly, but these days, oh my, I can't get those images out of my head. This one sounds terrifying so ... I'll most likely give it a pass until my stomach is stronger again!

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    1. Claudine- I can understand exactly what you are talking about. I watched a lot of scary movies when I was younger, but now I get too nervous and don't want to be scared! :) ~Stephanie

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  8. Ah, I love scary movies :D Not heard of this before, though. I'm glad you loved it :) I think I must check it out ;p

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    1. Carina- I hope you get to watch it and that you enjoy it! :) ~L

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  9. I need to watch this an adult. I saw it several times when I was in elementary school and it was definitely creepy. The woods the way the whispered! Bette Davis is super scary as well.

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    1. Heidi- If you get to watch it again- I would love to hear your thoughts about it! now that you are grown up. Bette Davis scares me! :) ~L

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  10. I don't really like scary movies. This one seems weirdly familiar, but I can't think of the movie it reminds me of. Nice review. This is the first online movie review I have actually read. Take out the horror, ghost stuff and I love Bette Davis movies. :)

    I am not at google but it won't take my wordpress. I am here: http://kid-lit-reviews.com

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    1. Suzanne- If you are a Bette Davis fan then you might not find this movie as scary. I was very scared- but she made me very freaked out! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :) ~L

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  11. Whaaa?? How have I never heard of this movie? Katertot and I love scary, creepy flicks like this! Thanks so much for sharing -- I'll have to see if Netflix has this one. Have a fabulous weekend!

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    1. A Belle's Tale- I hope you two get to check it out! It makes me jump every time I watch it. :) ~L

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