I watched this on youtube last night, thinking it would be a cheesy slasher movie and instead thought it was a wonderfully creepy indie horror film. The lead actress was great.
"Let's Scare Jessica to Death" (1971)
|by Any other fans?||reply 32||09/04/2013|
Yes!!! Love it!!!
|by Any other fans?||reply 1||09/02/2013|
That's some skuury shit! If you haven't already, check out "The Other".
|by Any other fans?||reply 2||09/02/2013|
Is that the Nicole Kidman movie, R2, or another film with a similar title?
"Jessica" is so restrained, but the atmosphere is incredible. That the actors all look like ordinary people off the street just adds to the impact.
|by Any other fans?||reply 3||09/02/2013|
Nicole Kidman's was "The OtherS"
I think r2 is talking about "The Other" another creepy film from the same era as "Jessica"
|by Any other fans?||reply 4||09/02/2013|
Who should be in the remake?
|by Any other fans?||reply 5||09/02/2013|
Vastly underrated little creeper - if you have friends who want to watch something scary witthout all the gore, this si the one to she them
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This movie scared the shit out of me. Agree with r3 - it's very atmospheric
|by Any other fans?||reply 7||09/02/2013|
Thanks, [R4]! Yes, I meant the other "The Other". I caught it a few years ago (maybe TCM) and wow. OP, it's from the seventies too, like "Let's Scare...". Moody and dark as hell.
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Thanks, R4 and R8 - will definitely seek "The Other" out.
"Jessica" reminded me a little of "Carnival of Souls", which I also love. The scene where Emily comes out of the water....brrrr.
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Now watch this, OP
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It had an incredible hippie, freaky New England 70s vibe to it.
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This movie is absolutely incredible. If you can, watch it with headphones or on a good sound system. I reckon the sound mix is stereo, but I remember it sounding soooo creepy and well-done, just like everything in the movie.
Is the lead actress a total natural, or is it just me? Great voice, great delivery.
Anyone else recognize her husband as one of the doctors in The Exorcist?
|by Any other fans?||reply 12||09/02/2013|
OP -- just one small correction. This is not an "indie film". It was produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures. However, it is from a time when small films could still be made with relatively little "corporate" interference/accountability within the major studios. It also represents a time when even films rated GP (this film's original rating, the forerunner of the PG rating) were not automatically dumbed down to target the kid market. Sad that those days are long gone.
|by Any other fans?||reply 13||09/02/2013|
That was filmed in our summer town of Saybrook CT.!
|by Any other fans?||reply 14||09/02/2013|
If you think this is scary, try viewing it in a drive-in movie, in Winter, during a snowstorm. Brrrrrrr....... in more ways than one.
|by Any other fans?||reply 15||09/03/2013|
Zohra Lampert is Jessica. One of my fave 70s actresses. She's also on a really good Alfred Hitchcock with Robert Redford.
|by Any other fans?||reply 16||09/03/2013|
Zohra Lampert, who most people thought was a lesbian, ended up marrying NYC radio host Jonathan Schwartz in 2010. She's a year older than him.
|by Any other fans?||reply 17||09/03/2013|
Wasn't Zorah the old lady in Exorcist III?
|by Any other fans?||reply 18||09/03/2013|
Like the movie, but I always found it a little unfinished.
|by Any other fans?||reply 19||09/03/2013|
Zorah was the wife in Exorcist III. Barbara Baxley was the grandmother.
|by Any other fans?||reply 20||09/03/2013|
Is the house from the film still standing? Please don't tell me they tore it down for split levels and raised ranches.
|by Any other fans?||reply 21||09/03/2013|
Saw it on late-nite Creature Feature TV in 1985 and it blew my mind. I'll never forget the scene where they decide to have a seance and Jessica calls out to the spirits and they're like, "we hear you, Jessica.." SO CREEPY!!!
Also, what is up with those weird sandwiches they ate after they swam in the lake? What was that pink shit?
|by Any other fans?||reply 22||09/03/2013|
The locations remain eerily unchanged after 42 years.
|by Any other fans?||reply 23||09/03/2013|
R21 here. I saw the video from R23 (and thank you for that.) That house is just abandoned. How annoying. Why?
|by Any other fans?||reply 24||09/03/2013|
R21 house still there just off exit 67 on 95 old saybrook ct
Supposedly people still lived in it a few years ago -
|by Any other fans?||reply 25||09/03/2013|
Yes! I still remember it.
Silent Scream stayed with me.
April Fool's Day is another good one.
|by Any other fans?||reply 26||09/03/2013|
April Fool's Day is a good one that I used to rent back in the 80s and early 90s when I was a pre-adolescent. Never saw Silent Scream. Neither of them have anything to do with Let's Scare Jessica To Death.
Meant to say in my post that the sound mix is probably not in stereo, but you should still watch it with headphones!
And since when are drive-in theaters open during snowstorms? That's bonkers!
|by Any other fans?||reply 27||09/03/2013|
"Blood, Jessica, blood!"
|by Any other fans?||reply 28||09/04/2013|
I like how they have the sound of the wind in so many scenes- even when it's clearly not windy.
Love the opening scene in the cemetery with the woman watching her.
|by Any other fans?||reply 29||09/04/2013|
One of my very favorite scary oldies.
|by Any other fans?||reply 30||09/04/2013|
How the hell has this not had a fuked up re-make with glossy photography, Dolby digital surround sound and Kristen Stewart?
|by Any other fans?||reply 31||09/04/2013|
Fun fact: the guy that played Jessica's husband was Regan's doctor in "The Exorcist"
I remember watching this movie on TV as a kid and thinking that this what comes of driving around the country in a hearse, not having a proper job and inviting random people in to your house.
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