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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 ... 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 »

Genres:

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

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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

Julia is driving a blue car during the chase scenes but after it goes off the cliff it is black. 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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Straightforward Craven thriller is not bad - for a TV movie
25 September 2005 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Linda Blair is this film's main draw today, but Lee Purcell is the real star of the show: at first I wasn't too sure about her, but she has the mysteriously seductive presence that her role calls for, and her performance literally gets better by the minute. This may be a Wes Craven movie, but it is also a TV movie, so it is rather tame in terms of sexuality and violence; there are few real surprises and few real thrills until the last 15 minutes and the (long awaited) catfight between Blair and Purcell. With its "evil stranger is disrupting the life of a normal happy family" plot, you could say that this film was ahead of its time; thrillers of this type didn't become popular until the early 90's, with "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and others like it. But one look at Linda's hair will convince you that it was NOT ahead of its time in other areas. In short, rent it but don't buy it. (**)


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