When I was growing up, the movie for slumber parties was The Watcher in the Woods (1980). I don’t know why it was a perennial favorite for pre-teen girls growing up in south Louisiana in the 1980s, but it was, to the point that when I left home for college, my older sister gave me a VHS copy of the movie as a nostalgic parting gift (yes I’m that old; yes I still have it).
The movie features Lynn-Holly Johnson of Ice Castles fame (another movie seared into the cerebral cortex of any self-respecting 80s kid), Bette Davis, and a really cute puppy named Nerak (that’s “Karen” backwards, y’all).
It’s a genuinely creepy little gem that deserves to be better known.
It recently came to my attention that the movie was remade for Lifetime last year starring Anjelica Huston and directed by Melissa Joan Hart; all due respect to Anjelica Huston, but
Anyway, go watch the original The Watcher in the Woods. Must help Karen.