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The first instinct of diehard fans of any classic book, song, TV show, film, or anything else, is to flinch at the notion of a remake or reboot of a beloved original.  For years we here at borg.com have included The Watcher in the Woods as a favorite recommendation of a ghost story.  It’s a Disney film unlike any other Disney film–the rare instance of a movie being stronger than its source material (the novel by Florence Engel Randall), a Gothic ghost story (or is it?) that may be the creepiest and scariest story the studio released, certainly the spookiest of the 1980s.  So a remake that is being released this year for the Lifetime channel being previewed at San Diego Comic-Con this year is going to hit our radar.

As a kid, the film bridged being surprising enough to get you to jump out of your seat without being an adult horror movie. As an adult, I have recommended The Watcher in the Woods to friends for children’s Halloween parties, and it’s proven still to be a hit for kids into their pre-teens.  Melissa Joan Hart, known best for her Sabrina, the Teenage Witch series, is directing the remake, and as with the original, she enlisted one of the best to ground the film, Anjelica Huston, who takes on the role made famous by Bette Davis.

The result?  Hart has at a minimum completely nailed the trailer.  In an interview below she discusses concepts kept and concepts updated.  But when you get to the trailer, any concerns for the remake pretty much vanish, like the key image of the trapped, blindfolded girl in the film.  And the creepy woods as a singular character.  In the original, “Bond girl” actress Lynn-Holly Johnson (For Your Eyes Only, Ice Castles) and Kyle Richards played the sisters with Richards at the height of her child-actor career between Halloween and Little House on the Prairie.  In Hart’s new movie, these roles are played by young actors Tallulah Evans and Dixie Egerickx.

Even if you don’t agree Hart gets this one exactly right, you’re going to watch it because it’s on cable, and why not?  Check out this nicely spooky trailer from Comic-Con:

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Star of cult classic films Clueless, The Crush, Batman and Robin, and Blast from the Past, Alicia Silverstone will headline her own television series next year.  Silverstone announced yesterday that TV Land has ordered twelve episodes of the retro comedy-drama American Woman.  Silverstone will portray a single mother of two girls in show business, and the story will focus on Silverstone’s character as she searches out her independence in 1970s America with the help of her two best friends.

Expect some over-the-top 1970s fashion (bell bottoms, short shorts, and wild print dresses), disco, and, hopefully, The Guess Who’s original American Woman as the title track.  TV Land is also working on a series based on the movie Heathers.  The retro vibe of Stranger Things must be catching on.

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The series is inspired by the upbringing of child actresses Kyle Richards and Kim Richards in the 1970s.  Kim Richards was a familiar face throughout 1970s and 1980s TV shows (like Emergency!, Diff’rent Strokes, and Magnum, P.I.) and was in films including the Escape to Witch Mountain series (with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’s Ike Eisenmann) and John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13.  Her younger sister Kyle was in John Carpenter’s Halloween, the classic Watcher in the Woods, and was featured in several TV series including Little House on the Prairie.  Kim is a producer on the new series.

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Halloween–the 1978 movie that put both director John Carpenter and actress Jamie Lee Curtis on the map–is coming back to theaters for one night only.  The film was created for only $300,000 and premiered at Kansas City’s downtown Midland Theater 37 years ago this month and then spread by word of mouth across the country to earn $70 million and become the first modern horror blockbuster.  To illustrate the low budget, Nick Castle, the actor that played the story’s villain, Michael Myers, wore a last-minute found $2 William Shatner/Captain Kirk mask.  Now Halloween is Fathom Events’ next big Halloween event.

More than 200 theaters will air Halloween on the eve of All Hallow’s Eve (that’s the night before Halloween).  The movie, co-written by the late, great Debra Hill, will include an introduction recorded by John Carpenter.

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If you make it to the screening, keep an eye out for an already well-known young actress back in 1978 named Kyle Richards, who had been a household name for her recurring role on Little House on the Prairie and the Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain, and would go on to co-star in the great ghost story Watcher in the Woods.

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