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With: Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, Jack Soo, Anthony James, Richard Bakalyan, Ward Costello, Christian Juttner, Brad Savage, Poindexter Yothers, Jeffrey Jacquet, Stu Gilliam, William H. Bassett, Tom Scott
Written by: Malcolm Marmorstein, based on characters created by Alexander Key
Directed by: John Hough
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 94
Date: 03/10/1978

Return from Witch Mountain (1978)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This sequel to Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) is probably the closest Disney ever came to making a grindhouse film, starring Christopher Lee and Bette Davis as villains (Davis following up her string of horror films like What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Burnt Offerings). It's a sci-fi picture with aliens and visual effects, and we even get street gangs. So what if there's no gore or language or nudity? The telekinetic Tony (Ike Eisenmann) and Tia (Kim Richards) return to the city for an educational vacation. Within minutes, Tony is kidnapped and brainwashed into doing evil deeds for the bad guys. Tia teams up with a junior street gang to save him. It ends with a brother-sister showdown. Disney has re-released the DVDs for 2009 with good-looking, remastered versions of the films, plus pop-up facts, cartoons, and various featurettes and a commentary track with the director and the two stars (Eisenmann and Richards).

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