Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

John Hancock had Jaws 2 taken from him, but did the same with Wolfen. What really amazes me is that the same director who did Prancer also made this movie.

Inspired by The Haunting, Hancock turned a basic monster movie script into a psychological exploration of whether or not the main character is really being stalked by a vampire. That original script was titled It Drinks Hippie Blood.

Jessica has just been placed in the care of her husband after some time in a psychiatric ward. He’s given up his job with the New York Philharmonic to care for her, moving upstate to an old farmhouse. When they arrive, a girl named Emily is already there. She offers to leave. Jessica invites her to stay. Suffice to say, things get worse from here.

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This movie is less about the narrative story than it is about Jessica slowly losing her mind. That said, she might not be. The movie doesn’t really tip its hand in either direction, instead slowly growing darker and stranger like some proto-Lynch film with a wild synthesizer soundtrack.

I’m not certain today’s audience would like this film. I could really care less what they think, however.

You can get the blu ray from Shout! Factory.

The art for this article comes from robrtarmstrong on Deviant Art.

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