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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Bryant
Jeremy Slate ...
Mike Gallagher
Peter Bryant
Leslie Bryant
Professor Jarvis
Carolyn Baker
James Jarnigan ...
Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
Kerry Arquette ...
Sierra Pecheur ...
Nurse Duncan
Billy Beck ...
Patricia Wilson ...
Mrs. Gallagher
Frederick Rule ...
Helena Mäkelä ...
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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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 »




Release Date:

31 October 1978 (USA)  »

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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 »


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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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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