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Stranger in Our House (1978)

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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Cast

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Rachel Bryant
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Mike Gallagher
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Peter Bryant
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Leslie Bryant
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Professor Jarvis
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Carolyn Baker
James Jarnigan ...
Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
Kerry Arquette ...
Anne
Sierra Pecheur ...
Nurse Duncan
Billy Beck ...
Sheriff
Patricia Wilson ...
Mrs. Gallagher
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Mailman
Helena Mäkelä ...
Beverly Hills Lady (as Helena Makela)
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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>

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

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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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After having a successful television run on both NBC and CBS, the film was re-titled "Summer of Fear" and given a theatrical release in Europe. See more »

Goofs

When arranging the flight to Arkansas, the dad mentions directions between Little Rock and Russellville. Assuming this is where the aunt and uncle were killed in the car wreck, the topography is all wrong. This area is hilly, but not mountainous and is primarily forested with occasionally large grassy fields. 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.
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Featured in Deadly Blessing (1981) See more »

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Terrific TV thriller...
5 February 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Lois Duncan's young-adult mystery novel "Summer of Fear" gets a fine, if low-budget, television treatment, capably directed by Wes Craven. Intriguing story features an appealing Linda Blair playing popular young woman and horse-rider whose family takes in her orphaned cousin--a perplexing girl who harbors secret evil powers. Craven's pacing is careful and sneaky, drawing the viewer in while mounting Blair's suspicions with just the right touch of creepy delicacy. Lee Purcell is excellent as cousin Julia, pulling off a showy role without lapsing into camp (although the make-up and special effects near the finish are somewhat cartoonish by today's standards). A compact thriller, very well done, and Blair--as always--is charming and makes her character easily identifiable to viewers.


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