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Posted May 4, 2013
I saw this movie as a child and it is still, some 30 yrs, later,
I saw this movie as a child and it is still, some 30 yrs, later, remained a favorite of mine. Mystery and suspense abound in this wonderful family movie! It's perfect for the over 7s that are wanting something more than cartoon fluff.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
A Fantastic and Frightening Film!
I fist saw this movie when I was a child and the neighbors rented this Disney flick for the kids to watch while the grown-ups played cards. It soon transpired that two scared little girls couldn't get to sleep that night! Now in my twenties I had found a vhs copy and was suprised to find it was still a scary movie and one I have enjoyed on many repeated viewings. The watcher is still scary to someone who lives near the woods and sometimes feels as if there could be something just beyond sight tracking you. I also have to mention how refreshing it is when you watch an older movie to notice how much more real the actors look compared to today. The super glossy hair and heavy make-up seen so often on todays movie "teenagers" and hip adults lends them a sense of un-reality that takes you out of the movies. It is nice to find people you can relate to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
The movie is saved by the alternate endings.
For thost that don't know, this flick was shot on 3 different times because the ending was laughed at by test audiences. The movie itself is a good sci-fi flick with an atmospheric feel to it about a girl who disappeared 30 years ago under mysterious circumstances. An American family looking for a place to rent, finds this one, fully furnished, & beautiful woods. Jan (Johnson) is the oldest girl who looks like Karen, the landlady's girl who wnet away 30 years ago. After some clue finding, she reunites the 3 with Karen then, they redo the initiation ceremony they did in the chapel when she went away. She finds several odds clues, the solar eclipse, Karen's image in mirrors, & blue lights in the woods. It stars Bette Davis as Karen's mom, Mrs. Ayllwood. The 1st of 2 alternate endings features an alien who takes Jan away, then Karen & Jan reappear together on Earth. Jans says Karen was frozen in time & space. The 2nd ending shows the same alien, but shows the spaceship where the alien is, Jan rescues Karen, & they go back to Earth together. The current ending shows Ellie (Jan's younger sister) talking in a strange voice while they do the ceremony, 2 lights appear, then it goes black for a bit in the chapel & Karen shows up just Mrs. Ayllwood arrives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.