A classic film in the Disney live-action arsenal, Escape to Witch Mountain was a 1975 feature based on Alexander Key’s 1968 sci-fi book about young orphaned siblings that display mysterious psychic powers. More eerie than scary, it charmed millions of young moviegoers, who still hold a fond place in their heart for this timeless offering.
Brother and sister Tony and Tia lose their foster parents and are sent to an orphanage. They both suffer from amnesia, and can’t remember anything about their past. But they discover they have powerful psychic abilities, such as clairvoyance and telekinesis. When power-hungry millionaire Aristotle Bolt hears about what they can do, he kidnaps them to try to use their powers for his own ends.
Tony and Tia escape into the woods, where they befriend a cranky but kind camper named Jason. Jason helps them elude Bolt and his henchmen, and they end up at Witch Mountain, where the children learn the secret of their mysterious past.
Escape to Witch Mountain added a light-heartedness and comedy to the original story, counteracting the sometimes scary plot. It’s success was helped by screen veterans Ray Milland and Eddie Albert, along with strong performances by the two young leads, Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann. The pair would reprise their roles in the 1978 sequel, Return From Witch Mountain, which also featured two wonderful villains played by none other than Bette Davis and Christopher Lee. Another sequel, Beyond Witch Mountain was shown on television in 1982, with Eddie Albert reprising his role from the original. Finally, a “re-imagining” of the original was released in 2008, called Race to Witch Mountain.
If you have fond memories of watching Escape to Witch Mountain (or its sequels) as a youngster, we’d love for you to share your recollections in our comments section, as we tip our hats to this classic Disney film.