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Watcher In The Woods - Archive

February 8, 2018

I was lucky to have a friend that worked at the NY office of Disney, in publicity.  He sent me two tickets to see WATCHER at a an advanced preview at the Ziegfeld theater.  Only the press attended this screening.  After the screening Lynn-Holly Johnson on on stage to answer questions...

It seemed on woman of the press didn't understand the ending of the film and she made a synde remark about the children in the film who did.  Lynn-Holly preceded to describe an ending which wasn't shown.  Her press agent covered the mic, whispered in her ear, Lynn-Holly went the the mic and said, "But you didn't see that ending."  The film was instantly given bad reviews, throwing Disney into a tail spin and recalled the film.  Over the next year Disney tried various ways to come up with an ending for the film.  Finally, 1 million dollars later the new ending was released, limited, then the film went to home video.  It took 20 years for me to get a closer version on home video closer to what I saw at the preview.  Still, it was 20 min. shorter with originally made endings only as bonus materials.  In that 20 year time I had also become friends with the film's originator and Co-Producer, Tom Leetch.  In those years that passed Mr. Leetch passed away and I did the Anchor Bay project in his name.  What follows below are re-published articles I did for the Anchor Bay release; as well as newer piece explaining what I went through uncovering the alternate versions of the film, and the people I dealt with.  It was hard and, trying, and down right frustrating.   I still hope for a resolution, a re-release and restoration for Blu-ray.  

For now, enter the woods, read through the details, and know the mystery behind THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS.

 

The Mystery, Behind the Mystery - Editorial

Lynn-Holly Johnson Interview

Tom Leetch - Interview

Harrison Ellenshaw - Interview

Carol Baker - Interview

Sam Nicholson - Interview

Mr. Disney

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