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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rachel Bryant
... Julia Trent
... Tom Bryant
... Mike Gallagher
... Peter Bryant
... Leslie Bryant
... Professor Jarvis
... Carolyn Baker
James Jarnigan ... Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
Kerry Arquette ... Anne
Sierra Pecheur ... Nurse Duncan
... Sheriff
Patricia Wilson ... Mrs. Gallagher
... Mailman
Helena Mäkelä ... Beverly Hills Lady (as Helena Makela)
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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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Julia came to live with the Bryants. She claimed to be their cousin ... See more »

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

When arranging the flight to Arkansas, the dad mentions directions between Little Rock and Russellville. Assuming this is where the aunt and uncle were killed in the car wreck, the topography is all wrong. This area is hilly, but not mountainous and is primarily forested with occasionally large grassy fields. 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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Featured in Svengoolie: Stranger in Our House (1998) See more »

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Re-discover Wes Craven in his earlier work!
25 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

In the 70's and 80's this film was shown a multitude of times for late-night TV. I had seen it several times, and am amused that it has now been re-packaged, to dupe a whole new generation. Yet, it is not a bad movie, if you can get past the special effects.

Yes, Linda Blair has that weird perm-thing going on; she is the daughter who suspects something is amiss with her cousin, played by Lee Purcell. The happy family as well as Ms. Blair's horse become haunted by something demonic- something unsettling. Carol Lawrence plays Blair's mother, and there is an amusing scene where Purcell flirts with Jeff East, Ms. Blair's father.

As this story was written by Lois Duncan, upon whose stories "I Know What You Did Last Summer" as well as "Killing Mr. Griffin" were turned into film, one can at least enjoy the story; and Wes Craven does an interesting job of directing this. I was never a huge fan, (I must admit that "Candyman" is a guilty pleasure) but recently saw "The Hills Have Eyes", and he does have nuance and depth which deserve mention.

Even if you are not a true horror fan, this film can be categorized as fear/suspense. If you like Wes Craven, you will definitely find this interesting, and the 70's nostalgia is an added plus!.


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