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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:

Glenn M. Benest (teleplay), Lois Duncan (novel) | 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
Fran Drescher ... Carolyn Baker
James Jarnigan James Jarnigan ... Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
Kerry Arquette Kerry Arquette ... Anne
Sierra Pecheur Sierra Pecheur ... Nurse Duncan
Billy Beck ... Sheriff
Patricia Wilson Patricia Wilson ... Mrs. Gallagher
Frederick Rule Frederick Rule ... Mailman
Helena Mäkelä Helena Mäkelä ... Beverly 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After having a successful television run on both NBC and CBS, the film was re-titled "Summer of Fear" and given a theatrical release in Europe. See more »

Goofs

In the final car chase climax, the blue car that the maniac 'sister' imposter drives to side ram Linda and boyfriend off the road, shows side front fender damage as expected from - until final shot before racing past them on the side of the road, all scrape / denting damage gone. 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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I should have known better...
3 July 2004 | by primrosemoonSee all my reviews

I grew up reading Lois Duncan books, and I always thought "Summer of Fear" was pretty cool. Therefore, I decided to take a chance and buy the movie off ebay. But ugh-- it's sooo bad! I wasn't surprised, as most '70s movies like this are cheesy, but I had still been hoping for something a little better.

First of all, the actress who played Julia was horrible. I always imagined her being a TON creepier, not just having a slight, fake, southern accent. Also, am I the only one bothered by the fact that not only did Rachel's brother have a crush on Julia, his supposed FIRST COUSIN, but Rachel was encouraging it? What the heck! Was this considered OK in the '70s?

Everyone commenting on the ridiculous packaging of the DVD is right. The picture is creepy, showing a girl's face which is part skull. That is the scariest thing about the entire movie. The ending is supposed to be scary, but it's extremely hilarious instead. SIGH... I should have known. Oh well.

Further, I was very disappointed by Wes Craven and the producer's commentary. I only listened to the first half hour or so of it, but I was really hoping they would poke a little fun at the movie and be honest. Instead they act like they produced and directed an Oscar-worthy film. Gimme a break!

All in all, this movie is slightly entertaining due to horrible '70s hair, incestuous family members, Fran Drescher as a teenager, and the dildo type thing that Rachel finds with Julia's stuff. Enjoy!


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