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.
Part 9 of Hoop-Tober
"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…
No foolin' - this features one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard. Hopefully some nerd has put it up for download somewhere because I intend to listen to it a LOT in the coming weeks.
I'm fascinated by horror movies from this era; the time between NOTLD and Last House/Texas Chainsaw when the genre was clearly on the cusp of massive change but hadn't quite gotten there yet. Movies like this or Messiah Of Evil have a surrealism that seems unique to the period - though I did wonder if Donny C watched this before making Phantasm because I saw a few parallels in terms of tone and blah blah blah.
Anyway whatever, this movie is fucking amazing and that ending is so great. I am PUMPED to listen to the Projection Booth episode on this on my way to work tomorrow.
This review may contain 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…
Credo che il termine "suggestivo" mai si sia sposato bene con una pellicola come in questo caso. Il lavoro di John Hancock ha dell'incredibile: le continue incursioni nel regno onirico dell'irreale contaminano come un virus la realtà, disorientando sia la convincente protagonista (un'ottima Zohra Lampert) che lo spettatore. I riverberi e le ombre si mischiano con il vento (della mente?) che muove i calchi delle lapidi appesi al muro.Una paura atavica ,primordiale sgorga dal quotidiano e dall'assopirsi dei sensi, tra bisbigli e volti deturpati...."Jessica...".
Kinda in love with everything about this:
like... really in love.....
if you are looking for a special horror film with a familiar taste, this might be your cup of tea. someone says this film is predictable and boring, i completely understand why they think that, but there is something about it that makes it more than just a little boring, but a flavour of art film in the genre of slasher film. the heroine, who lookes like Diane Keaton, is a lovely girl, the kind of person who you want to spend your afternoon with. though she suffers from psychological episode, she always tries to smile and be gentle in front of others, that's rare for an average horror film to picture, hence i symphasize with her, and hope her…
Just watched this again this morning. Loved the creepy feeling and atmosphere. Great transition piece from the 60s to 70s.
A low budget slow burner. Oddly amusing thanks to its creepy aesthetic.
Fantastic mix of hillbilly horror, ghost story, psycho thriller and vampire film. They just don't make them like they used to.
aka Let's Bore Her Rigid and Act a Bit Weird, Like
Hate to call a film dated, but sometimes time just isn't kind to a film. Despite the low budget, director John Hancock still manages to evoke a fairly effective dream-like atmosphere, and hats off to the dissonant score, which must've been one of the first pre-Carpenter horror scores to use synth so effectively, but you know what psychological horror-thrillers don't need? A voice-over that literally spells out its lead character's mental condition. Martha Marcy May Marlene owes it a debt, but also makes it look amateurish in comparison.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Jessica has been released from hospital after suffering with a mental illness and goes back to the land by moving to a farm with her husband and a friend. When they arrive at their new home they find it squatted by the charismatic Emily, a free-spirited young woman who soon joins the group.
Against the backdrop of a beautiful mellow autumn Jessica has to question her sanity as her internal dialogues become increasingly paranoid.
A slow moving psychological horror which has long had a cult following but was still hard to see in the UK prior to its surprising appearance on Netflix. This slow building chiller plays strongly on the ambiguity of the characters and their motivations; how much of…
recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff
The 1970's are one of my most favorite decades for horror!
I came into this incarnation in the 1970's and…