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Stranger in Our House (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror  -  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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Rachel Bryant
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Jeremy Slate ...
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Mike Gallagher
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Peter Bryant
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Leslie Bryant
Macdonald Carey ...
Professor Jarvis
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Carolyn Baker
James Jarnigan ...
Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
Kerry Arquette ...
Anne
Sierra Pecheur ...
Nurse Duncan
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Sheriff
Patricia Wilson ...
Mrs. Gallagher
Frederick Rule ...
Mailman
Helena Mäkelä ...
Beverly Hills Lady (as Helena Makela)
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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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Julia came to live with the Bryants. She claimed to be their cousin ... See more »

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

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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An underrated masterpiece
5 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone who is familiar with Wes Craven's films knows that he is a horror legend, making such classics as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and Scream. While those are some of his most famous films, I'd say this one is just as good as all of them and doesn't get anywhere near enough recognition. The main thing I think this film does well is create interesting characters. The people in this film are fascinating and seem just like real people, not fictional characters. Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, and Fran Drescher gave the best performances of the film. The story is also very interesting and well written. It is based off of a book by Lois Duncan. Every moment of this film is fascinating and I wasn't bored once. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. I wanted Rachel to expose her cousin's witchcraft and defeat her every step of the way. Most of the time when I watch a film, I keep my eye on the clock counting down the minutes until it will end. I didn't do that at all with this film because I didn't want it to end.

This is one of the most entertaining horror films I've ever seen and I don't feel as if it gets enough recognition. It is one of Wes Craven's best and completely fun to watch.


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