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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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Taglines:

Leave your insanity at the door. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The antiques dealer explains to Jessica that the lampshade's style is known as malefiori, meaning "flowers of evil". The correct name is "millefiori", which means "one thousand flowers" in Italian. See more »

Goofs

The straps on Jessica's bathing suit, when Emily pushes her off the dock and "plays" with her in the water, are alternately on and off her shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Woody: [Jessica and Duncan are trying to communicate with the Girl in white, who is mute, when Woody shows up] What's that?
Jessica: She led me to the body.
Woody: What's the matter with her?
Jessica: She knows who killed that man!
Woody: What man?
Duncan: [exasperated] I don't know.
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Referenced in Rate It X (1986) See more »

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This movie is one of the most truly frightening I've ever seen!
23 October 2001 | by ABS-13See all my reviews

This film scared the crap out of me when I saw it in the theatre in 1971. It was the middle of the day and I was too afraid to walk home after seeing this by myself when I was 13 years old. Too bad it's not on DVD. I would love to see how this one holds up after all these years! This and "The Other" (not the new film called "The Others," although that is a great current thriller!) were the ones that really freaked me out when I was a kid. Check 'em out, if you dare!


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