Fans of the ’80s cult classicÂ The Watcher In The WoodsÂ received more details on the Lifetime remake on Thursday morning (October 5) with a special event atÂ New York Comic ConÂ held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
The panel included a first look of the film, followed by a Q&A with director and executive producerÂ Melissa Joan HartÂ and her mother/fellow producer Paula Hart.
Celeb SecretsÂ hit upÂ New York Comic ConÂ this week and was able to get the scoop on the filmÂ duringÂ the panel. Did you know thatÂ The Watcher In The WoodsÂ was one of Melissa Joan Hart’s favorite movies growing up?
“Melissa was a huge fan of the original film. This was a movie she watched when she was a kid over and over again and when we were trying to find movies for her to do, she said ‘this is the one I want to remake,'” Paula shared.
“And 17 years later [Paula] got her hands on the rights. This time I was too old to play Jan and too young to play Mrs. Aylwood, even though I wanted to,” Melissa added.
Check out the full video below to find out more about the film.
Executive producer and directorÂ Melissa Joan HartÂ is reimagining the classic starring Academy Award winnerÂ Anjelica HustonÂ as Mrs. Aylwood, the distraught mother whose daughter, Karen, vanished in the English countryside over 20 years ago. When Jan Carstairs (Tallulah Evans) and her family move into the idyllic Aylwood manor for the summer, Mrs. Aylwood is taken aback by Janâ€™s striking resemblance to Karen. The family is warned against entering the surrounding woods, but Jan and her little sister Ellie (Dixie Egerickx) hear voices coming from the forest. Strange occurrences begin to unnerve the family and Jan starts to suspect that they are linked to Karenâ€™s disappearance. As Jan unravels the dark past hidden by the townspeople, she delves further into the mystery and deeper into danger, but now it might be too late to escapeÂ TheÂ Watcher in the Woods.
We had the opportunity to view the first ten minutes of the film and it was absolutely exhilarating. Hart’s remake kept you intrigued to find out what was next, all while throwing in some spooky and sci-fi moments. Fans of the original will also enjoy this too, as it has both classic and modern elements inside the screenplay.Â The movie trailer (which you can watch below) is only a tease of whatâ€™s to come. The Watcher In The WoodsÂ is the perfect movie to watch with your friends this Halloween!
Donâ€™t miss the world premiere of The Watcher In The WoodsÂ onÂ October 21st @ 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime.