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Dear Joan: We're Going to Scare You to Death 

Extended version of an episode of the series The Sixth Sense. Joan Crawford plays a woman who stumbles upon a group of ESP enthusiasts who decide to use their abilities to scare her to death.







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Dr. Michael Rhodes
Lenore Kasdorf ...


Joan Fairchild is a woman traveling along a dark rural road when she accidentally runs her car off the road. She immediately has an hallucinatory vision of a drowning woman in a lake, and seeks refuge in a large house nearby. Inside the house are a group of young people interested in experimenting with the occult and ESP. They offer her shelter for the night, but they hardly have her best interests in mind: under the guidance of their sinister leader, they intend to use their psychic abilities to telepathically send Joan distressing images of her deceased daughter--images that they hope will actually frighten Joan to death. Written by acidxian

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30 September 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Gary Collins does not appear as Dr. Michael Rhodes in this episode, instead he opens the show as himself with a story introduction and closes the episode with a mini-interview with Joan Crawford. See more »


Joan Fairchild: Well, I must say, I couldn't have chosen a nicer place to run my car off the road.
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References Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) See more »

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Poor, poor Joan Crawford . . .
7 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is 70's TV at it's worst, at least the 22 minute version (cut for a 30 minute TV slot). This is the version I watched, but it is hard to imagine how adding another 15 or 20 minutes of footage could have saved this piece of ****. (In the longer version I understand that part of the time was used for the story and part for an out of character "real world" interview of Joan by Gary Collins about her own personal ESP experiences. Well, um, whatever.)

None of the story makes sense. It is not scary. The bad guys have no motivation for being bad, they just decide to murder someone for the fun of it, but there is no real sense of sociopathy. Joan just runs around, and although she knows the group is trying to kill her she doesn't just leave. etc. etc. etc. There is a very contrived bit about a deaf young woman and a boat that is so silly that it moves beyond camp.

Perhaps the longer version fills in some of the holes but there are so many of them, but I am guessing that it just would make for a longer period of pain. OK, it is Joan's last performance so you might want to see it just to see how far gone she was. That is the only reason I watched more than ten minutes of this. Her acting, makeup, and hair are so cartoonish that I wondered if everyone involved behind the camera was trying to make her look ridiculous. She is in her late 60's, I believe, when this was filmed; and she is playing a mid-40's character. Quite unconvincingly.

On the good side: The 70's clothes and hair are perfect period pieces (well except for Ms. Crawford's who was dressed in a bunch of ugly but colorful suits). A couple of the guys and girls were attractive.

But other than marveling at just how far Joan Crawford fell and watching a quintessential 70's look and feel, this is basically unwatchable.

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