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Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 27 August 1971 (USA)
A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.

Director:

John D. Hancock (as John Hancock)

Writers:

John D. Hancock (as Ralph Rose), Lee Kalcheim (as Norman Jonas)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zohra Lampert ... Jessica
Barton Heyman ... Duncan
Kevin O'Connor Kevin O'Connor ... Woody
Gretchen Corbett ... The Girl
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Sam Dorker
Mariclare Costello ... Emily
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Storyline

After a stint in a psychiatric facility Jessica, her husband and a friend move to remote farm they have recently purchased. There they find a young woman by the name of Emily living in the house and they invite her to stay. When Jessica goes for a swim in the lake, she sees a body just below the water's surface. When they go into the village to sell some old furniture, they learn that a woman by the name of Abigail Bishop drowned in the lake and her body was never found. Local folklore has that Abigail is now a vampire roaming the countryside. A mute blond girl leads her to the body of a dead man but the body is not there when Jessica goes for help. Jessica and those around begin to wonder if she is losing her mind. Written by garykmcd

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Something is after Jessica. Something very cold, very wet... and very dead... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Killed Sam Dorker? See more »

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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Feature debut of director John D. Hancock. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie (most notably at exactly 7:01 into the movie), you see the license plate of the hearse they drive is a New York plate, 1Z-7663. However, If you pause it just right at exactly 41:27 into the movie, you can clearly see the car's front license plate reads 4G-3375. Later on in the movie (at exactly 1:00:08) you see the front plate is back to 1Z-7663. See more »

Quotes

Duncan: Is there anyplace around here where I could sell antiques, furniture?
Old man: If there was a place, I sure wouldn't tell you.
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Referenced in 13 Tracks to Frighten Agatha Black (2019) See more »

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slow moving, but worth it
30 July 1999 | by AthanatosSee all my reviews

A intelligent depiction of a woman who knows that she may be schizophrenic, but has only her own perceptions upon which to rely, and perceives herself to be increasingly surrounded by the undead. While a bigger budget and today's technology might make this film more effective, and those who didn't endure or enjoy the period in which it was made will find it especially difficult to relate to the characters, this is a very fine film, and should be a source of continued pride for those involved in its making.


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