It was recommended that I take a look at film from the 70s called Let’s Scare Jessica To Death. Based on the title, you would think it is based on an elaborate plot up to literally make a woman die from fright, but that is not the case here. Instead it is psychological horror/kinda vampire movie, though a lot is left to interpretation.
The movie is about a woman named Jessica who was recently released from a mental hospital. Her husband and a close friend take her to a farmhouse to start a new life, only to find a mysterious woman who is already occupying the house. She claims to be a drifter, yet supernatural events happen around her, seemingly drawing Jessica further into madness.
The movie sets up Jessica as an unreliable narrator, so you really don’t know if the things happening around her are really happening, or just things in her own head. The woman who is named Emily seems intent on sowing discourse between Jessica and the two men with her, going so far as to seducing both men. Also, maybe because they are outsiders, or maybe due to Emily’s influence, but the townspeople are hostile towards Jessica’s group. They are also covered in bandages for some reason.
The vampire aspect is we see Emily biting people’s necks or we will see the after effects, such as people with marks on their necks. There is also a strong inference that Emily is actually a woman who died from drowning centuries past.
There are a lot of questions, and you will not get many answers. Even the ending will have you scratching your head wondering what if this was all in Jessica’s head. What is interesting in this film was originally going to be about a group of hippies being preyed upon by a monster in a lake before it became this.
Definitely worth watching if you like films that let’s the viewer interpret what is happening, and can lead to a lot of discussions. Not your average horror film that’s for sure.
Till next time, stay scared!
-Tha Thrilla –
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