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Let's Scare Jessica to Death ()


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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.

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Jessica
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Duncan
Kevin O'Connor ...
Woody
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The Girl
Alan Manson ...
Sam Dorker
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Emily

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John D. Hancock ... (as John Hancock)

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John D. Hancock ... () (as Ralph Rose)
 
Lee Kalcheim ... () (as Norman Jonas)
 
Sheridan Le Fanu ... (story "Carmilla") (uncredited)

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Bill Badalato ... co-producer (as William Badalato)
Charles B. Moss Jr. ... producer

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Orville Stoeber

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Robert M. Baldwin ... (as Bob Baldwin)

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Murray Solomon

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Virginia Katz ... assistant editor (as Ginny Katz)

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Norman Kenneson

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Mariette Pinchart

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Irvin Carlton ... makeup artist

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Joe Ryan ... sound
Scott Warren ... boom operator

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Sal Guida ... assistant camera
Mel Noped ... grip (as Melvin D. Noped)
Myron Odegaard ... gaffer (as Myron Odeguard)

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Walter E. Sear ... composer: electronic music (as Walter Sear)

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Randa Haines ... continuity
Joanne Michels ... production assistant
Barbara Reynolds ... production assistant
Judith Spangler ... assistant to producer

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Plot Summary

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 Something is after Jessica. Something very cold, very wet... and very dead... See more »
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Also Known As
  • What Killed Sam Dorker? (United States)
  • The Secret Beneath the Lake (Canada, English title)
  • Grauen um Jessica (Germany)
  • La maldición de los Bishop (Spain)
  • Låt oss skrämma livet av Jessica (Finland, Swedish title)
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  • 89 min
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Budget $180,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The first night the film crew arrived to the farmhouse location, an eerie fog rolled into the area. They quickly made use of this by shooting the outside of the house as this happened, and that footage was used for transitions throughout the film. See more »
Goofs When Emily is playing the lute in the kitchen her strumming is different from the music and the sound is that of a guitar. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993). See more »
Quotes Woody: [Emily has just conducted a seance] Do you really believe in that kind of stuff?
Emily: I don't know.
Woody: [reacting to sound of Jessica and Duncan's lovemaking upstairs] Do you believe in THAT kind of stuff?
Emily: [embarrassed, laughing] Oh, I don't know.
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