I first saw this small gem of a film at a drive-in when it first came out. It was listed only as 'plus co-hit' along with a well publicized film I won't mention here. As it turned out the well publicized film was a real stinker, and my friends and I almost left, but after some discussion we decided to stay. And were we glad we did. Let's Scare Jessica To Death introduced us to the wonderful Zohra Lampert, and let us see the schoolteacher from The Waltons (Mariclare Costello) in a whole new light. Now to the film itself. This is proof positive that one does not need tons of money to make a good movie. It has a very decent storyline, some good suspense elements that keep Ms. Lampert busy trying to decide if she is insane or just has an overactive imagination, some really good actors (and some not so good that I presume are locals), interesting camera-work with a lot of hand held shots (though, at times, the lighting is a bit overblown), great scenery, strange electronic music that somehow fits in well to what is going on on the screen, creepy sounds throughout, and a good ending that begs for a sequel (though none was ever made of which I know). I and my friends talked about this film for weeks, and quite frankly, found it to be a lot of fun. Over the years I looked for this film to buy, but to no avail, however I have since learned that it is being released on DVD near the end of August, 2006. Yippee! I will by this film and show it to all I know. It came on TV back in the eighties, and I taped it, all cut up with commercials, and have had to make two subsequent copies since that time. And every time I watch it I think of two things, 1. It is still a fresh view, and 2. It is only the slightest bit dated. And though I am not usually drawn to this particular kind of horror film, it has a special place in my heart, and conjures up memories of drive-in movies on warm summer nights. And that in itself is a wonderful thing. I recommend this film highly, as it is a perfect example of independent film-making with a smart edge and an everlasting soul. James Van Pelt of Tulsa, Oklahoma
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