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Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Something is after Jessica. Something very cold, very wet... and very dead...
Jessica goes to the Connecticut countryside for some rest following her release from an institution where she has just recovered from a nervous breakdown. She arrives with her husband and friend, but the three find little relaxation. Instead, they become entangled in a creepy tale of the supernatural which involves murder, an attempted drowning, a séance, disappearing bodies, vampires and constant torment for Jessica. Her marriage is strained, she hears voices, and she can't escape the mental turbulence which haunts her – for there really is something after Jessica.
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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…
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.
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
A low budget horror with a somewhat misleading title that follows Jessica as she struggles to keep her marbles after she moves to a secluded house with her boyfriend in the wilds of Connecticut. Eerily, the townsfolk are overly sinister and have strange marks on their necks, there's a mute girl running about a graveyard and another with designs on Jessica's boyfriend. Or is this all in her fragile mind? I'm still unsure, but i haven't been this scared by a film for a while. A great looking movie with a great central performance and a script that intelligently mixes paranormal and psychological elements to maintain a spooky sense of dread throughout. Highly recommended to all fans of horror.
En Let´s scare Jessica to death jamás sabemos en dónde estamos parados: ¿Es una película de apariciones? ¿De casas embrujadas? ¿De vampiros? ¿De psicópatas? ¿De caníbales? ¿De una mujer enferma que imagina todo? ¿De un marido infiel que sabe que su esposa tiene un problema y se arma una complicada puesta en escena para volverla loca? Tal vez sea todas las anteriores y tal vez ninguna de ellas. Pero en sus 88 minutos estuve, con su considerable dosis de miedo, tratando de desmenuzar qué era lo que estaba viendo y al final no terminé muy convencido de saber qué fue lo que en realidad pasó, pero sí bastante angustiado y tenso.
Y para lograr lo anterior hay dos…
Never EVER let a creepy looking squatter live in your home! Also Zora, the main actress is hella goofy and it's refreshing. Quiet, sweet horror film.
This is one of the best horror movies i have EVER seen! It was literally just added to Netflix, and given the story and release date, i decided i'd check it out at some point. So i added it to my watchlist. And damn... I could've put this off for so long but I'm glad i didn't. This was an amazing experience!
Okay, so its the early 70's. Roman Polanski's psychological classic 'Rosemary's Baby' was released three years prior to this and everyone wanted to do a psychological horror in a similar style. Hammer tried with 'Straight On Till Morning', which was unpleasant, and very interesting. However it didn't come close to Rosemary. This however... well this earned five stars…
A wonderfully eerie paranoid nightmare. The voiceover does a perfect job of giving the audience a perspective on Jessica's anxieties and inner torment without being lazy or stupid about it.
Interesting little creep-fest, that feels far more European in execution that the average US horror movies being released around 71. Hidden behind the surface of the badly titled Let's Scare Jessica to Death, is a tense little character study of a woman struggling to hold on to her grip on reality.
Recently discharged from hospital after a nervous breakdown, Jessica fears her marriage is falling apart by a husband who clearly still believes she isn't well. Jessica struggles to keep herself together in a series of inner monologues, where she debates the intentions of the people around her. When they find an attractive girl, named Emily, squatting in their newly purchased farmhouse, her monologues become more sinister.
To make matters…
I have seen this before , I barely remembered it from when I watched it only once within the last 8 years or so. I do remember tho, I originally saw it when I was a kid. It was on the 4 o’clock movie on local CBS station in phila back in the late 70’s. I remember the announcer during the breaks saying the title in a booming voice and being all like WTF is this? I also saw DUEL this way too, on that same afternoon movie time. Funny to think they used to show movies during the weekdays like that after the soaps ended and before the news. And horror movies to boot.
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I am scared that I watched this.
Excellent shots and atmospheric cutting with a really good ingenue performance from Zohra Lampert.
Slow Seventies horror with a great lead performance and a super creepy atmosphere.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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