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Year
1971
Runtime
89 min.
Director
John D. Hancock
Genre
Horror
Rating *
6.5
Votes *
4,269
Checks
1,163
Favs
57
Dislikes
27
Favs/checks
4.9% (1:20)
Favs/dislikes
2:1
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  1. Sumire's avatar

    Sumire

    I really liked it. It was slightly slow going, but never bored me. The leading lady was amazing, always love a good insanity film. 9 years 4 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Let's Scare Jessica to Death is a title that implies some collusion, but it may only be on the part of the film makers. It's an odd title that may lead you astray as you try to decipher just what's happening, or is perhaps the ultimate (but unconfirmed, and too convoluted) key to unlock the film's mysteries. Without going into that third explanation, the film is about Jessica (Zohra Lampert) coming to a farm with her husband and friend to live a simpler life after 6 months in a sanitarium. And so, are the horror elements really happening, or is it all in her mind? The film keeps the ambiguity up for a long time, even after you think you've figured it out, because its point of view is unreliable. Extreme close-ups on Lampert's face and whispers on the soundtrack keep us in her head, and wow, what a performance. Incredibly naturalistic and engaging. Never felt like I was watching an actress. Let's Scare Jessica works as a drama about a woman losing her grip on reality just when she thought she was getting better, and it works as a mystery, a thriller, or Southern Gothic, and a horror film, depending on how you interpret what you're seeing. 12 months ago
  3. allisoncm's avatar

    allisoncm

    "Let's Scare Jessica" is a better title. Not sure what the "to Death" part is all about. Not sure it could fit on a marquee, either. Or a movie ticket. 9 years 11 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #186 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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