Movies that are slightly off.
Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Nightmare or sanity... which is which?
Newly released from a mental ward, Jessica hopes to return to life the way it was before her nervous breakdown. But when Jessica moves to a country house with her husband and a close friend, she finds a mysterious girl living in there who may or may not be a vampire. Jessica's terror and paranoia resurface as evil forces surround her, making her wonder: Are the visions real or is she slipping back into madness?
Fascinating atmospheric horror that feels so ahead of it's time. Ahead of most horror films made in America at the time, very much in the vein euro gothic horror. The closest i could think in terms of mood and framing will be Mario Bava. It's an effective slowburn horror tale that plays tricks with the audience, in a clever way. Never showing any contempt for the viewer. It's one of those few movies that truly feels that it fell from another dimension. Deserves a criterion BR pronto.
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"Nightmares or dreams? Madness or sanity? I don’t know which is which."
“Let’s Scare Jessica to Death” said absolutely no one ever.
Instead, it should be, “Let’s Take a Bite out of Jessica’s Day”. Now that’s an appropriate title.
Let’s Take a Bite out of Jessica’s Day is an odd little movie. From the get-go, the atmosphere and creepy mood come out of nowhere like the train in Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat and, to be honest, I was close to running out of my room because I thought the atmosphere and mood were coming right towards me.
Zohra Lampert stars as the titular character, Jessica. Jessica just got…
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John D. Hancock’s low budget horror is a journey into paranoia and atmosphere of the creepiest kind. Okay, so it takes a while for this movie to really kick in but we’re treated to some wonderful psychological scares and spine- tingling visuals from the very beginning as we’re not sure if what we’re seeing is a result of Jessica’s recent stay in a mental ward or something far more terrifying.
The film will drip feed you daringly obvious signs as to where this movie is going but don’t be put off by that because as this film comes to an end there is some truly terrifying scenes. Jessica, played by Zohra Lampert is doing her best…
John Hancock’s debut feature is a film with a very misleading title that makes it sound like it will be another Diabolique rip-off. Thankfully the film bucks expectation and delivers a disquieting and surprisingly effective psychological horror.
The eponymous Jessica is a young married woman recently released from a sanitorium. Along with her husband and family friend she moves to a secluded Connecticut farm house to begin a new life but discovers the troubling visions and voices continue to plague her in her new, possibly haunted, home. Based on an urban legend, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, mixes familiar supernatural elements (vampires, ghosts etc.) with the fragile sanity of its protagonist.
Despite the genuine lack of chills or scares, Hancock…
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The October Ordeal 2012 day #31a: Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Before Last House on the Left, Black Christmas, Halloween and Texas Chain Saw Massacre, there is Let's Scare Jessica to Death, perhaps the first seminal North American independent horror film. Synthesizing Rosemary's Baby and Night of the Living Dead, John Hancock's adult, "real folks" first feature matches style and thematic focus in a way that predates the classic genre films of the 1970s. While he had yet to make his masterpieces by 1971, Jean Rollin feels present, even if the filmmakers only accidentally craft a film indebted to his work.
Discharged from a psychiatric hospital for undisclosed symptoms, Jessica is taken by her aloof, insensible husband and a nearly…
This is my first time watching this. It has an incredible sense of dread, similar to Sole Survivor and It Follows. The music sounds modern, using synthesizers that sound ahead of their time, combined with a haunting piano melody. The performances are all excellent, and so are the locations. I watched what seemed like an old VHS transfer, and I think that added to the atmosphere, with the film scratches and print damage.
Beautiful psychological horror. Has many flaws, but, paradoxically, works much better then a lot of more polished movies with more thought-out scripts. Great acting by 2 main actresses and beautiful cinematography is what made it work in spite of all its flaws in my opinion.
That's not a mole. It's a mouse.
Properly unnerved by a horror for the first time in years....
"i'm in your blood"
There's a thick, greyscale haze to this psychological horror that envelops the viewer as we follow Jessica and her friends through the slow burning mystery of her new home and its gothic past. The soundscapes and visuals chosen have an experimental edge which, (if you read between the lines) are seemingly fuelled by a distrust of small town mentality and the hostility of an older generation upon the broken youth of the age.
From psychotropic drugs, the fallout of free love and the agonising throes of the Vietnam War, Let's Scare Jessica to Death underlines and accentuates a prevailing dread that creeps into your pores and gets under the skin.
The rear hatch of a hearse closes on a freshly loaded double bass case, looking intentionally similar to a casket. The hearse pulls off the beaten path of the interstate and travels down a lonely exit. A ferry's heavy locking mechanism comes down and catches as the boat pulls away from harbor, our hearse the only car on board. This handful of moments isolate our group of protagonists as they make the trek away from society and toward the seclusion of an island country home where it's clear they're seeking refuge for the troubled titular Jessica. Let's Scare Jessica To Death is a film I imagine Ti West grew up obsessively rewatching, hoping to one day emulate its sedate pacing…
this movie is something else...
this was so strangely intense all the time
How many times is the name "Jessica" said in this one?
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To me, this movie was a symbol of mental illness. There wasn't something cold, wet and dead after Jessica. It was all in her mind. Her husband decided to take her away from the city instead of following the sound advice of a doctor and leaving her in a psych ward where she belonged, but I don't know who was more deluded: Jessica or her husband for thinking the fresh country air would do her some good. It's a surreal experience because it plays similar to a vampire movie, but there are a lot of little clues and inner monologues with Jessica to suggest that nothing from her perspective is what it seems. Her illness distorts everything around her: the…
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recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff