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Stranger in Our House (1978)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  31 October 1978 (USA)
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A teenage girl's life is turned upside down after her cousin moves into her house, and as time goes by, she begins to suspect that she may be a practitioner of witchcraft.



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Macdonald Carey ...
Professor Jarvis
Carolyn Baker
James Jarnigan ...
Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
Kerry Arquette ...
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Billy Beck ...
Patricia Wilson ...
Mrs. Gallagher
Frederick Rule ...
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Beverly Hills Lady (as Helena Makela)


A country family of five takes in cousin Julia, whose parents recently perished in a car crash. Julia extends her influence over the family and those around them, fooling all except for Rachel, the teenaged girl who knows her cousin is up to no good. Written by Brian J. Wright <>

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Julia came to live with the Bryants. She claimed to be their cousin ... See more »


Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »




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31 October 1978 (USA)  »

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In the book, Rachel's beloved pet was a cocker spaniel, however 'Linda Blair''s affection for horses caused the film's director to have her pet be a horse instead See more »


Julia: [finds a picture of Rachel's boyfriend Mike] Is he your solid feller?
Rachel Bryant: I guess so...
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Ok movie with little suspense
4 September 2001 | by (Norfolk, VA) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie years ago and at the time liked it. Now that I rented it years later..... I don't. This movie is about a girl who's "cousin" came to live with her after her mother died in a car wreck. They start living in the same house and as time goes by strange things start to happen to the girl (Blair) and Blair soon finds out that her cousin is a witch and is out to make Blair's life a living hell by takeing away her boyfriend as well as stealing affection away from her family. There are parts in the film that I didn't understand but you have to watch the film towards the end in order to fully comprehend it all because the ending is what the whole film is about. At times the movie is slow and Blair acts her typical horror movie role as if she does not have any other movies to star in but horror movies. What really stands out about her is the wild perm in her hair that does nothing for her character. I'm sure she looks at this now and laughs. This movie could have been better if the characters were more lively.

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