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Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

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

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The first night the film crew arrived to the farmhouse location, an eerie fog rolled into the area. They quickly made use of this by shooting the outside of the house as this happened, and that footage was used for transitions throughout the film. See more »

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When Duncan hands Jessica the "mole" in the cemetery scene, you can clearly see that it's a mouse and not a mole. See more »

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Emily: Do you like my new dress? My new old dress?
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Creepiness that stays with you long after the movie ends
5 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw LSJTD when I was an impressionistic teenager and have never been able to forget this movie. I have been a horror fan all my life and judge my reviews based on the time tested theory. Even twenty years later, whenever I watch this film, I am left with a deep sense of unease and a nostalgic chill that seeps deep into my bones. The acting is completely natural and unaffected, as if this film were shot without a script. The music is perfectly attuned to the bizarre climate of this isolated hell, as simple and sharp as the old fashioned carving knife used in one of the film's most horrific moments. Zohra Lampert should have received an Oscar nod for her brilliantly subtle portrayal of paranoia and terror. This film set the bar for the psychological horror film, and I have yet to be as affected by another.


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