THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (2018) REVIEWED
“The Watcher in the Woods” marks Melissa Joan Hart’s directing effort to tweak a much beloved cult classic. What we get is a movie that aired on Lifetime that plays rather friendlier than one expects. I do appreciate Lifetime going broader in their original content. However, I expected something more based on the 1980 movie and the source novel. How many classic tales have to be turned into girl power against X element?
If it didn’t work for boys, then why shove girls into the mix? All it serves is to keep driving home the point that everyone gets a hand at smashing their heads into the rocks of mediocre storytelling. The film is carried on Huston’s back, as she is able to mine more out of the Watcher/witch than Bette Davis did in the original film. Her accent slips a few times, but it’s the least of the movie’s problems. Watch it with a kid and check out their response. All the while, bury your memories of the past film.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1