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

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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »
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31 October 1978 (USA)  »

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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

L. Blair is neither married nor engaged (e.g. to the guy who the danger stranger 'sister' imposter soon steals from her): yet throughout has a gold band on her left hand third finger. 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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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 See 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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