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Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 27 August 1971 (USA)
A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.

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(as John Hancock)

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(as Ralph Rose), (as Norman Jonas)
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After a stint in a psychiatric facility Jessica, her husband and a friend move to remote farm they have recently purchased. There they find a young woman by the name of Emily living in the house and they invite her to stay. When Jessica goes for a swim in the lake, she sees a body just below the water's surface. When they go into the village to sell some old furniture, they learn that a woman by the name of Abigail Bishop drowned in the lake and her body was never found. Local folklore has that Abigail is now a vampire roaming the countryside. A mute blond girl leads her to the body of a dead man but the body is not there when Jessica goes for help. Jessica and those around begin to wonder if she is losing her mind. Written by garykmcd

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Something is after Jessica. Something very cold, very wet... and very dead... See more »

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for terror/violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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What Killed Sam Dorker?  »

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$180,000 (estimated)
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The E.E. Dickinson Mansion in Essex, Connecticut was the house used for the interior scenes shown in the film. See more »

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When Emily is playing the lute in the kitchen her strumming is different from the music and the sound is that of a guitar. See more »

Quotes

Woody: [Emily has just conducted a seance] Do you really believe in that kind of stuff?
Emily: I don't know.
Woody: [reacting to sound of Jessica and Duncan's lovemaking upstairs] Do you believe in THAT kind of stuff?
Emily: [embarrassed, laughing] Oh, I don't know.
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Very creepy horror gem.
31 May 2005 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Jessica(Zohra Lampert),her husband and their friend start a new life in the country,but Jessica,who has a history off mental illness,starts to believe the area is haunted and grows suspicious of the young woman who has joined them at their house..."Let's Scare Jessica to Death" is an excellent low-budget horror film loaded with eerie atmosphere of rising paranoia.Zohra Lampert does a terrific job showing us Jessica's growing desperation and there are some fairly gruesome gore effects at the end.The photography is gritty and the climax is extremely haunting.The viewer is never sure whether Jessica is really onto something sinister,or whether she's just going insane.There are some subtle touches of eeriness:Jessica's husband drives a hearse,and she decorates their new home with tracings she made from a local cemetery.So if you are a fan of old-fashioned spooky horror films give this overlooked gem a look.9 out of 10.


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