Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American horror film directed by John Hancock.

Plot Summary

Recently released from a psychiatric hospital, Jessica joins her husband Duncan and their friend Woody in a new home in Connecticut where they meet a friendly squatter, Emily and invite her to stay. But there's more to both Emily and the nearby town than meets the eye.


Directed by: John Hancock
© 1971 The Jessica Company
Produced by: Charles B. Moss Jr
Co-Producer: William Badalato
Written by: Ralph Rose [real name: John Hancock], Norman Jonas [real name: Lee Kalcheim]
Photography: Bob Baldwin
Film Editor: Murray Solomon
Music by: Orville Stoeber
Electronic Music by: Walter Sear
Sound: Joe Ryan
Costume Design: Mariette Pinchart
Makeup: Irvin Carlton

Zohra Lampert (Jessica)
Barton Heyman (Duncan)
Kevin O'Connor (Woody)
Gretchen Corbett (girl)
Alan Manson (Dorker)
Mariclare Costello (Emily)

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Alternative Titles

Asustemos a Jessica hasta morir – Argentine, Mexican title
As Escarpas do Medo – Portuguese title
Grauen um Jessica – German title
Hajde da uplašimo Džesiku do smrti – Serbian title
Ijesszük halálra Jessicát! – Hungarian title
It Drinks Hippie Blood – early title
Jessica – shooting title
I Jessica tha pethanei apo tromo – Greek title
Lasciate che Jessica muoia – Italian television title
Låt oss skrämma Jessica till döds – Swedish title
Låt oss skrämma livet av Jessica – Swedish Finnish title
La maldición de los Bishop – Spanish title
La morte corre incontro a Jessica – Italian title
Na smrt prestrasena – Serbian Yugoslavian title
Na smrt prestrasimo Jessico – Slovenian title
Säikäyttäkäämme Jessica hengiltä – Finnish title
The Secret Beneath the Lake – Canadian advertising title
Sonhos Alucinantes – Brazilian title
What Killed Sam Dorker? – working title
Напугать Джессику до смерти – Russian title
呪われたジェシカ – Japanese title


Cinema TV Today no.9964 (22 January 1972) p.29 – credits, synopsis, review
Fangoria no.241 (March 2005) pp.50-54 – illustrated article (Retrospective: Let's Scare Audiences to Death by David Konow)
Filmfacts vol.14 no.19 (1971) pp.480, 481 – reprinted reviews
Filmfax no.93/94 (October/November 2002) pp.111-114 – illustrated synopsis, imterview with John Hancock (Stay forever! Revisiting Let's Scare Jessica to Death! – by Michael Orlando Yaccarino)
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.39 no.457 (February 1972) p.32 – credits, synopsis, review
Variety 25 August 1971 p.16 – credits, synopsis, review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.236 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 227 – credits
by Walt Lee p.256 – credits