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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 overview, first billed only:
Rachel Bryant
Mike Gallagher
Jeff East ...
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 <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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31 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


In the final car chase climax, the blue car that the maniac 'sister' imposter drives to side ram Linda and boyfriend off the road, shows side front fender damage as expected from - until final shot before racing past them on the side of the road, all scrape / denting damage gone. 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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Straightforward Craven thriller is not bad - for a TV movie
25 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Linda Blair is this film's main draw today, but Lee Purcell is the real star of the show: at first I wasn't too sure about her, but she has the mysteriously seductive presence that her role calls for, and her performance literally gets better by the minute. This may be a Wes Craven movie, but it is also a TV movie, so it is rather tame in terms of sexuality and violence; there are few real surprises and few real thrills until the last 15 minutes and the (long awaited) catfight between Blair and Purcell. With its "evil stranger is disrupting the life of a normal happy family" plot, you could say that this film was ahead of its time; thrillers of this type didn't become popular until the early 90's, with "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and others like it. But one look at Linda's hair will convince you that it was NOT ahead of its time in other areas. In short, rent it but don't buy it. (**)

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