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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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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
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Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
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Anne
Sierra Pecheur ...
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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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Tonight, the world premiere of a chilling story of witchcraft, demons and the supernatural! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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

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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BEWARE THE BOX! SUMMER OF FEAR is a re-packaged '70s TV movie
13 January 2004 | by (New York,NY) – See all my reviews

For swhile it was hard getting a copy of the Tv movie that goes by two titles: SUMMER OF FEAR and STRANGER IN OUR HOUSE. Then recently they repackaged it. The box boasts that it is drirected by WES CRAVEN, maker of SCREAM and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and that it stars Linda Blair. These are all true facts. However this is not a new release,but a 1978 TV movie re-packaged. Im sure many people will pick this movie up and be sorely dissappointed! Well,Im one of those rare few that actually enjoy TV movies AND Linda Blair (two faves are BORN INNOCENT, and SARAH T PORTAIT OF A TEENAGE ALCOHOLIC). this one isnt as good as those two, but still amusing. For some odd reason, Linda is the GOOd girl in this one. She's a fresh-faced bad-permed country girl who enjoys riding horses. One day she finds that distant relatibves have died in a car crash and that her long-lost cousin Julia is coming to stay with her family. Of course when innocent young thing Julia arrives we know that sooner or later she will become a usurperer trying to take over Linda's life. She goes to the mall with Linda and friend Fran Drescher(!) and gets an almost-identiacl perm and similar outfir and purse as Linda! She quickly makes friends with Linda's best friend and fella(who she promptly steals!) The only one who isnt "enchanted" by her is Linda's horse, and he gets his just deserts via a strange voodoo device that looks strangely like a sex toy). Soon Linda is finding strange things around the house and puttin together the pieces that Cousin might be a dabbler in black magic. Of course no one in the family believes her and lables her "jealous", which gives Linda a chance to whine and whine and say "Ya gotta believe me!" Her mother tells her to get "That filth" out of her mind! There are no real big scares or surprises, but the showdown cat-fight at the end is pretty good. The villainous turns into an over-the-top glareing-eyed demon woman at the end and its a real treat. I know alot of people will think I'm crazy for giving this flick a forgiving,somewhat GOOD review, but keep in mind I LIKE this stuff, and if you do too check this out as well as Melissa Sue Andersons MIDNIGHT OFFERINGS.(p.s: if you were Linda wouldnt you have thrown her out when she stole your boyfriend?????)


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