Melissa Joan Hart and Paula Hart Talk New Movie “The Watcher In The Woods” at New York Comic Con

The mother-daughter duo spilled all about re-making the classic film for Lifetime.

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Fans of the ’80s cult classic The Watcher In The Woods received more details on the Lifetime remake on Thursday morning (October 5) with a special event at New York Comic Con 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 producer Melissa Joan Hart and her mother/fellow producer Paula Hart.

Celeb Secrets hit up New York Comic Con this week and was able to get the scoop on the film during the panel. Did you know that The Watcher In The Woods 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 director Melissa Joan Hart is reimagining the classic starring Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston 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 Jan’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 Karen’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 escape The 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. The movie trailer (which you can watch below) is only a tease of what’s to come. The Watcher In The Woods is the perfect movie to watch with your friends this Halloween!

Don’t miss the world premiere of The Watcher In The Woods on October 21st @ 8PM ET/PT on Lifetime.

Juliet Schroder

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.