MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,985 this week

Stranger in Our House (1978)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  31 October 1978 (USA)
5.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 1,184 users  
Reviews: 38 user | 22 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (novel), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 13 Oct 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 13 Mar 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 29 Aug 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 14 Nov 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 14 May 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Stranger in Our House (TV Movie 1978)

Stranger in Our House (TV Movie 1978) on IMDb 5.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Stranger in Our House.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Deadly Friend (1986)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Paul Conway and his mother Jeannie Conway travel to a new town where Paul will join the local university invited by Dr. Johanson. They bring the robot BB that was developed by Paul, who is ... See full summary »

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett
Swamp Thing (1982)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise
Summer of Fear (TV Movie 1996)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The presence of a malicious stranger threatens to destroy the peace and harmony of a vacationing executive's family life.

Director: Mike Robe
Stars: Gregory Harrison, Glynnis O'Connor, Lee Garlington
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae
Shocker (1989)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Michael Murphy, Mitch Pileggi, Peter Berg
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, John Steadman
Born Innocent (TV Movie 1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand centre for girls. She is soon caught between the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment... See full summary »

Director: Donald Wrye
Stars: Linda Blair, Joanna Miles, Allyn Ann McLerie
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and can't escape.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Brandon Quintin Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A pair of teenage girls are headed to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, the girls are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess
Comedy | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Maximillian is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a ... See full summary »

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne
Cursed (2005)
Comedy | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults, who, after being mauled by the beast, learn they must kill their attacker if they hope to change their fate to avoid becoming werewolves too.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Portia de Rossi
Horror

A psychologist unleashes an evil hiding inside the members of her support group.

Director: Wes Craven
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Rachel Bryant
...
Jeremy Slate ...
...
Mike Gallagher
...
Peter Bryant
...
Leslie Bryant
Macdonald Carey ...
Professor Jarvis
...
Carolyn Baker
James Jarnigan ...
Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
Kerry Arquette ...
Anne
Sierra Pecheur ...
Nurse Duncan
Billy Beck ...
Sheriff
Patricia Wilson ...
Mrs. Gallagher
Frederick Rule ...
Mailman
Helena Mäkelä ...
Beverly Hills Lady (as Helena Makela)
Edit

Storyline

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 <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Tonight, the world premiere of a chilling story of witchcraft, demons and the supernatural! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Extraño verano  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

As Wes Craven notes on the DVD commentary, this was Linda Blair's first film after running into some trouble with the law the previous year. It would be her final starring role in a television movie. See more »

Quotes

Julia: I like my hair this way. Mike does, too. So does your father.
Rachel Bryant: Well I can't stand a thing about you, and that includes your hair!
Julia: How rude.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Blood and Sex Nightmare (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Atypical Craven, and a fun television horror flick at that
1 July 2006 | by (New York City, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Seeing that this was from legendary horror director Wes Craven, and starring Linda Blair (who served as the demon-possessed girl, Regan, in "The Exorcist"), I decided to give "Summer of Fear" a chance. I wasn't expecting a TV movie (which was titled "Stranger In Our House" during it's television run), but I actually ended up enjoying it.

The film centers around a teenage girl named Rachel. Rachel lives on a semi-secluded family farm in Northern California with her wealthy parents and siblings. When her mother's sister and brother-in-law die in a horrible car crash, their daughter, Julia, comes to live with them permanently. Julia seems somewhat normal, if not a little bit shy and withdrawn, but as time progresses, she puts an alluring spell over everyone she meets, and pulls all of Rachel's family and friends away from her. She begins getting close with Rachel's friends and her family, even stealing Rachel's boyfriend. After finding some strange items around the house (including burnt matches and a human tooth), Rachel discovers that Julia may be a practitioner of black magic. Now she must stop the evil witch before she launches her final assault.

Okay, okay. I have to admit, some things in this movie were a bit laughable, mostly Linda Blair's poofy, frizzed out hairdo. The acting was alright, not great, but you can't expect a whole lot from it. Linda Blair's performance was decent, if not a little whiny at times, Lee Purcell pulled off the 'mysterious cousin' archetype, and Fran Drescher even had a small role as one of Rachel's friends. The film isn't scary at all, but I will say the finale was pretty well done, although by today's standards the effects may seem a bit cartoonish. I found it interesting to see Craven directing a film of this nature in his earlier years, considering he had just done brutal horror films such as "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Last House on the Left".

To sum things up, I have to give "Summer of Fear" some credit— being a campy TV movie from the '70s, it has some chops. Although it lacked any substantial shocks or scares (except near the ending), I still found it to be a fun little piece of '70s nostalgia. Give it a look if you enjoy campy '70s horror, or if you want to see some of Craven's earlier work, because it is quite different from the films that he is most known for. All around good television terror. 7/10.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did Anyone Read The Book? ShrimpShackShooter
Did anyone notice.... lil_miss_independent92
straight face michaelecanada
filming location of house finleproc
Those Wicked Eyes Were Killer Cool Cultfilmfeverforever
JUST GOT THE DVD! SweeneyNate
Discuss Stranger in Our House (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?