Lets Scare Jessica To Death (1971)
Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery
Country: USA | Director: John D. Hancock
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 88mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×720 – 23.976fps – 1.83gb
Audio 2: Commentary with Director John D. Hancock
& Co-producer Bill Badalato
After a stint in a psychiatric facility Jessica, her husband and a friend move to remote farm they have recently purchased. There they find a young woman by the name of Emily living in the house and they invite her to stay. When Jessica goes for a swim in the lake, she sees a body just below the water’s surface. When they go into the village to sell some old furniture, they learn that a woman by the name of Abigail Stone drowned in the lake and her body was never found. Local folklore has that Abigail is now a vampire roaming the countryside. A mute blond girl leads her to the body of a dead man but the body is not there when Jessica goes for help. Jessica and those around begin to wonder if she is losing her mind.
Unjustly neglected, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death ranks with The Haunting (1963) as a classic of understated horror. Everything about it is brilliantly eerie–from the tombstone etchings to the hostile townsfolk to the whispering voices in Jessica’s head. From beginning to end, there is a distinct impression that beneath this picturesque rural setting something is very wrong…and this sense builds slowly and lyrically, leading up to a breathtaking shock-twist climax. And still, as in The Haunting, we’re left with the question, “Was it real?”
Benefiting from a well-utilized low budget and beautiful color photography, this is one of the most subtly scary motion pictures you’ll ever find. The characters are well-rounded and brought to life by a team of talented character actors. Zohra Lampert positively glows as the sweet, delicate Jessica; she is superbly expressive and keeps you firmly at her side all the way. Her performance should be studied as a casebook example of how to play a fragile, sympathetic character. And this rich, highly imaginative Gothic chiller is essential viewing for fans of intelligent terror.