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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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Zohra Lampert ...
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Kevin O'Connor ...
Woody
Gretchen Corbett ...
The Girl
Alan Manson ...
Sam Dorker
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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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The antiques dealer explains to Jessica, the lampshade's style is known as malefiori, meaning "flowers of evil". The correct name is millefiori, which means "one thousand flowers" in Italian. See more »

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Throughout the movie (most notably at exactly 7:01 into the movie), you see the license plate of the hearse they drive is a New York plate, 1Z-7663. However, If you pause it just right at exactly 41:27 into the movie, you can clearly see the car's front license plate reads 4G-3375. Later on in the movie (at exactly 1:00:08) you see the front plate is back to 1Z-7663. See more »

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Woody: [Jessica and Duncan are trying to communicate with the Girl in white, who is mute, when Woody shows up] What's that?
Jessica: She led me to the body.
Woody: What's the matter with her?
Jessica: She knows who killed that man!
Woody: What man?
Duncan: [exasperated] I don't know.
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Very creepy horror gem.
31 May 2005 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Jessica(Zohra Lampert),her husband and their friend start a new life in the country,but Jessica,who has a history off mental illness,starts to believe the area is haunted and grows suspicious of the young woman who has joined them at their house..."Let's Scare Jessica to Death" is an excellent low-budget horror film loaded with eerie atmosphere of rising paranoia.Zohra Lampert does a terrific job showing us Jessica's growing desperation and there are some fairly gruesome gore effects at the end.The photography is gritty and the climax is extremely haunting.The viewer is never sure whether Jessica is really onto something sinister,or whether she's just going insane.There are some subtle touches of eeriness:Jessica's husband drives a hearse,and she decorates their new home with tracings she made from a local cemetery.So if you are a fan of old-fashioned spooky horror films give this overlooked gem a look.9 out of 10.


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