The Watcher in the Woods
Stars: Bette Davis, Lynn-Holly Johnson (the Ice Castles girl), Carroll Baker
Director: John Hough
Essential Halloween-ish elements: A foreboding British manor located in sinister woods with rustling trees, ghostly phenomena that affect two young girls, Bette Davis wandering around with her chilling voice and black clothing, menacing mood music, scenes that make you jump out of your seat.
When I first saw it: I was around ten, and I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. I showed it to my daughter last year when she was ten, and she freaked out. One scene literally caused her to scream and burst into tears. I told my younger sister about my daughter's reaction, and she said, "Don't even mention that movie!" I guess that says something about my obsession with ghostly horror from a young age. P.S. This is a Disney movie.
Most memorable line: Narek--spoken by a girl temporarily possessed by something.
Best character names: No dark or clever names stand out in this particular movie. The missing girl is Karen, and the main character is Jan. Pretty typical for a film from 1980.
Bottom line: Perfect for the Halloween season, despite some early-eighties hairstyles.