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Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

PG-13  |   |  Horror  |  6 August 1971 (USA)
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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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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


Leave your insanity at the door. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 August 1971 (USA)  »

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What Killed Sam Dorker?  »

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$180,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Barton Heyman later appeared in The Exorcist (1973) and Zohra Lampert in The Exorcist III (1990). See more »


When Jessica first goes inside the house, Duncan says "well, let's go in"; she visibly replies "okay" but it's not heard on the soundtrack. See more »


Jessica: I sit here and I can't believe that it happened. And yet I have to believe it. Dreams or nightmares? Madness or sanity? I don't know which is which.
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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Chills to spare
1 September 1999 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

This is, without question, the most frightening film I have ever seen. I long for the days when Hollywood could make a truly scary film on a cerebral level, without resorting to buckets of fake blood and wanton slashing. The scariest thing about scary movies is what you DON'T see. This one pushed all of my fear buttons, i.e. fear of the unknown, fear of inescapable doom, fear of the dark, fear of the mysterious "other." Don't take my word for it. See this film sometime for yourself and then just try to sleep with the closet door open.

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