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Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

 -  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

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Leave your insanity at the door. See more »

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

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Orville Stoeber, the music composer, taught Mariclare Costello (Emily) the song "Stay Forever" in his apartment during the filming of this movie. 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 »

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Jessica: You don't believe me. You don't think there's anything strange going on.
Duncan: I think it's... it's all strange.
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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?)


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