Let’s Scare Jessica To Death (1971) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Let’s Scare Jessica To Death (1971) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Let’s Scare Jessica To Death (1971) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Let’s Scare Jessica To Death (1971) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: John D. Hancock
Starring: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Gretchen Corbett

Released from an institution after suffering a nervous breakdown, Jessica (Zohra Lampert, The Exorcist III) seeks the tranquility of a secluded home in Connecticut to help make her recovery complete. But instead of a restful recuperation with her husband and close friend in the New England countryside, Jessica soon finds herself falling into a swirling vortex of madness and the supernatural! And an even more unsettling discovery is that the entire region seems to be under the influence of a mysterious woman who has been living in the supposedly empty house. Jessica’s fear and dread only intensify when she discovers that the “undead” girl, Emily, tragically drowned long ago, on her wedding day. Is she back to take vengeance?

Okay, I want to be honest upfront here about this one. While I do appreciate the creepy factor of this one and I respect the atmosphere of it. This is a horror film that people seem to love that I just never could get super into. This might be one the pedestal for many when it comes to hippie horror movies, but for me, I always just felt like this one dragged on a bit much. Want a prime example? I can’t watch this one late at night. I usually fall asleep trying. So that’s why when I went into reviewing this one I made sure I was well-rested and it wasn’t late. So Jessica has had a breakdown and she’s trying to recover. In order to move along from that her man and their pal decide to move to a creepy town full of fog and weirdos because that’s always the smart thing to do. They meet a very odd woman and what follows is very moody and eerie but also very dull at times.

Now I saw the old DVD of this one many moons ago and on that front Scream Factory gives us the best transfer and look this movie has ever had. It also manages to remove a crew member I saw in the background during one scene on the old DVD. So, if you do love this one you get it in HD looking its best, but man I just can’t get passed the slow-motion this one seems to run through at times. But the fog over the house, the dream-like moments, and the creepy factor to it all are well done and I recognized that. The pace just gets sluggish much a bit much for me to fully try to praise it.


– NEW Audio Commentary With Director John Hancock And Producer Bill Badalato
– NEW Art Saved My Life – An Interview With Composer Orville Stoeber
– NEW Scare Tactics: Reflections On A Seventies Horror Classic – An Interview With Author/Film Historian Kim Newman
– NEW She Walks These Hills – The Film’s Locations Then And Now
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spot
– Radio Spot
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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