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Summer of Fear (1978)

Stranger in Our House (original title)
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.

Director:

Wes Craven

Writers:

Lois Duncan (based on the novel by: "Summer of Fear"), Glenn M. Benest (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Rachel Bryant
Lee Purcell ... Julia Trent
Jeremy Slate ... Tom Bryant
Jeff McCracken ... Mike Gallagher
Jeff East ... Peter Bryant
Carol Lawrence ... Leslie Bryant
Macdonald Carey ... Professor Jarvis - Special appearance by
Fran Drescher ... Carolyn Baker
James Jarnigan James Jarnigan ... Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
Sierra Pecheur Sierra Pecheur ... Nurse Duncan
Billy Beck ... The Sheriff
Patricia Wilson Patricia Wilson ... Mrs. Gallagher
Gwil Richards Gwil Richards ... Dr. Morgan
Frederick Rule Frederick Rule ... The Mailman
Helena Mäkelä Helena Mäkelä ... Bev. Hills Lady (as Helena Makela)
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Storyline

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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Tonight, the world premiere of a chilling story of witchcraft, demons and the supernatural! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer of Fear See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As Wes Craven notes on the DVD commentary, this was Linda Blair's first film after running into some trouble with the law the previous year. It would be her final starring role in a television movie. See more »

Goofs

After Rachel accidentally knocks over Julia's suitcase, you can see a crew member's reflection in the mirror as Rachel kneels down to pick up the suitcase. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

In the Stranger In Our House (1978) TV-version, there are four extra minutes which were cut out for the VHS release Summer of Fear. Those extra minutes were put back for the Summer of Fear DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Blood and Sex Nightmare (2008) See more »

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She knows her ground...
10 July 1999 | by Daniel-CouriSee all my reviews

Yes, Linda Blair knows her ground quite well. In "Summer Of Fear" she has to fight against her cousin's witchcraft powers. But this time she's not possessed, folks! Her beautiful and sweet cousin captivates all the family with her gentle manners, and Blair has to pull her off before she destroys her home and family. Look out for the subtle end. Sheer 70's fun.


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