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This Disney Studios attempt at entering the horror genre is a British production based on the chilling novel by Florence Engel Randall. An American family, headed by composer Paul Curtis (David McCallum) and his wife Helen (Carroll Baker), is renting an old mansion in England. The mansion's owner is Mrs. Aylwood (Bette Davis), who lives in a small guest house on the property. The mansion is surrounded by dense, forbidding woods. The Curtis children, Jan (Lynn-Holly Johnson) and Ellie (Kyle Richards), explore the forest. Mrs. Aylwood is continually searching the woods for her daughter -- whom she lost there 30 years ago. Over time, the children come to be haunted by the spirit of the daughter, Karen (Katherine Levy). The film was originally released in 1980 with an ending that included a huge alien from another planet. The studio pulled back the film after test audiences laughed at the special effects, and re-released the movie in 1982 with a new ending that circumvented the alien. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Cast

Bette Davis
as Mrs. Aylwood
Carroll Baker
as Helen Curtis
David McCallum
as Paul Curtis
Ian Bannen
as John Keller
Lynn-Holly Johnson
as Jan Curtis
Richard Pasco
as Tom Colley
Frances Cuka
as Mary Fleming
Benedict Taylor
as Mike Fleming
Eleanor Summerfield
as Mrs. Thayer
Georgina Hale
as Young Mrs. Aylwood
Katherine Levy
as Karen Aylwood

Crew

John Hough
Director
Vincent McEveety
Director
Ron Miller
Producer
Brian Clemens
Screenwriter
Harry Spalding
Screenwriter
Alan Hume
Cinematographer
Stanley Myers
Composer (Music Score)
Geoffrey Foot
Editor
Tom Leetch
Co-producer
Ian Whittaker
Set Designer
Emma Porteous
Costume Designer
Art Cruickshank
Special Effects
John Richardson
Special Effects
Stanley Myers
Conductor
Jim Shields
Sound Editor
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