6.5/10
5,252
131 user 71 critic

Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 6 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.

Director:

(as John Hancock)

Writers:

(as Ralph Rose), (as Norman Jonas)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Sentinel (1977)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably nice Brooklyn Heights apartment, where scary occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer.

Director: John Hough
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft.

Director: Richard Blackburn
Stars: Lesley Taplin, Cheryl Smith, William Whitton
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey
Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect.

Director: Alfred Sole
Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard
Martin (1977)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder
Dead of Night (1974)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers.

Director: Jorge Grau
Stars: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy
The Haunting (1963)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Barton Heyman ...
Duncan
Kevin O'Connor ...
Woody
Gretchen Corbett ...
The Girl
Alan Manson ...
Sam Dorker
...
Emily
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

What Killed Sam Dorker?  »

Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The straps on Jessica's bathing suit, when Emily pushes her off the dock and "plays" with her in the water, are alternately on and off her shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Emily: Do you like my new dress? My new old dress?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Prime Cut (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Demand a DVD Release
8 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best, CREEPIEST movies, back when they still made creepy movies WITHOUT such modern "horror movie" distractions as over-scoring, music-video editing and the casting of rappers instead of actors. A buried treasure. Worthy of a double-bill with any classic of the time: The Exorcist, Night of The Living Dead, Carrie, etc. If there is a better "ghost story" on film then perhaps I have not yet seen it.

I recall this movie appearing on Stephen King's top-ten scariest films list in his book Danse Macabre. Isn't that enough of an endorsement to warrant a DVD release already? (Or is that not a selling point anymore?)


54 of 64 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Filming locations seinsnej-860-440683
The swimming cove reveals itself TheXmanCometh
Why the title? midnight_muse
On TCM 11/09/2011 at 2:15 a.m. Jpebony123
On TCM Tonight! manxstables
Why no Region 2 DVD release?? bernardosena
Discuss Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?