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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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Zohra Lampert ...
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The Girl
Alan Manson ...
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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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Rated PG-13 for terror/violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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6 August 1971 (USA)  »

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The cast and crew resided in the E.E. Dickinson Mansion, the house used for the interior scenes, during the 25 days of filming. 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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Sam Dorker: Well, lead on, Macduncan!
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Referenced in Howling Moon (2011) See more »

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Let's Watch Jessica again
27 February 2005 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I vaguely remembered this flick from when I was a young girl watching late night UHF TV and getting the monster theater signal out of Scranton/Wilkes Barre. It's original release predated me. What struck me was that everybody seemed to want to scare the Goya lady to death! All I knew of Zohra Lampert at that time was that she was the woman on TV who always said, "Goya, Oh boy-a!" To suddenly discover that the undead wanted to do her harm was very unsettling. I had some long nights filled with bad dreams after seeing this for the first time when I was only about 12 years old.

Fast forward many years later and I find a copy of LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH on a badly panned and scanned VHS print and rediscover those unsettling feelings all over again. Sure, it's not as slick and state of the art as I might have remembered it to be, but the performances are all pretty good and the story about Jessica and her husband moving into an old house and finding a transient vampire is pretty original. Certainly it's not a story that I've seen copied ever since and it simply celebrates the originality that inspired the horror genre in the early 1970s.

When, oh, when will this be released on DVD?


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