Sunday, 6 January 2013

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

Let's Scare Jessica to Death is a hippy-trippy 70's horror, focusing on the eponymous Jessica, who is due to move into her new house with husband Duncan and friend Woody. On arrival, they meet squatter Emily who has been living in the house whilst it's empty. We discover that Jessica has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital and she soon begins to see young girls running around graveyards and hear creepy whispering voices. Chuck in an out of left-field trip down Vampire Alley and you have all the ingredients you need for this nostalgic little chiller.

There is little to no gore in this Gothic chiller, as would probably be expected in a film from this era, but it is beautifully photographed and there are a few decent chills and some great acting in parts, especially from Mariclare Costello as the mysterious Emily. The twist, for what it is, is pretty obvious from the get-go, but this doesn't really detract anything from the overall atmosphere.

This blogger highly recommends LSJtD as a lesson in how 70's chiller makers should have done it. Sit back, grab an apple from the orchard and enjoy.