Let's Scare Jessica To Death

One of the great creepfests to indelibly burn itself into the brains of all insomniacs who watched late-night creature feature television in the ‘70s and ‘80s, John Hancock’s unheralded gem uses post-Sixties malaise to brilliant effect. An “unreliable narrator” tale a la Polanski’s Repulsion, the film concerns itself with the re-unraveling of an ex-mental patient (Zohra Lampert) when she, her husband and his hippy friend buy an isolated New England home in an effort to “live off the land”. Once they’re introduced to a free-loving stranger (the supremely sexy and spooky Mariclaire Costello) who brings with her lust, terror and death — the burn gets turned up to 11! Wisely foregoing onscreen violence in favor of some outstanding dread, this master class in hippie burnout horror is made extra-palpable by its positioning in the aftermath of the “free love” era, as our terrified heroine is not only spooked by what could possibly be zombies/vampires, but also the consequences of amorphous sexual pairings. Let’s Scare Jessica To Death rarely screens in public; don’t miss your chance to be supremely skeezed-out in glorious 16mm!
Dir. John D. Hancock, 1971, 16mm, 89 min.

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