I remember the first time I watched LSJTD. I was living in a townhouse at the time and my wife was working 3rd shift. I would stay up all night waiting
for her to get home and one night, decided to watch LSJTD. It was winter and that night was particularly cold and windy; very windy. For some
reason, the mail slot in our front door had an eiree way of making this creepy noise every time the wind blew through it. Just the atmosphere that
LSJTD created is still something that I have yet to experience in a horror movie. Truly a dark tale that kept me from falling asleep on the couch!
I SAW THIS MOVIE ON THE SCI FI CHANNEL BACK WHEN THEY SHOWED SCARY MOVIES ALL THE TIME MUST HAVE BEEN THE EARLY 90s. I
LOVED IT! STILL DO I LOVE THE GOTHY FEEL IT HAS.
I first saw this film on T.V. in 1988. Was one of the movies shown on "Saturday Night Nightmares." I taped it on VHS and it became a big hit for my
pre-teen nieces and nephews. We even took a video camera and re-created the movie. It is hilarious to watch! C.G. Teffeteller, Maryville, TN.
I first saw Let's Scare Jessica to Death in the late 70s on late-night television. I was probably 12 or 13 and remember that it was the last night of
summer vacation. I watched it alone in my parent's basement and became so scared that I actually felt ill! The movie managed to tap into many of
my own fears - almost like it was made just for me. I tried to catch in whenever it was on TV and later rented the video dozens of times from a local
store. I loved Zohra Lampert's performance and around 1986 wrote her a letter that she kindly replied to. She even showed this letter to Mariclare
Costello and I received a note from her also, thanking me for sharing my thoughts. This was a big thrill for me, and both actresses seemed
genuinely pleased that someone still enjoyed the film (I think this was probably before it had much of a cult following). I still love the movie today - I
know every scene and word of dialogue by heart, and yet it still manages to make a deep impression on me. In some ways I find it even more
frightening as an adult than I did as a kid - not necessarily its horror elements as much as its themes of uncertainty and betrayal.
I don't remember the first time I saw this, but afterwards I'd scan "TV Guide" and I'd only watch it if it was airing in the afternoon.
I've never seen the movie, but always wondered about it! I'm glad to see that it's available on DVD....I can't wait to watch it! I was named after the
I used to drive by the Jessica house the time. It was right off the main interstate highway running through Connecticut. Exit 67 if I
remember correctly. You wouldn't know from watching the movie it was right off the highway, must have been a nightmare when
recording sound. Anyway, it was torn down a few years ago.
I went into the city to see a movie with my parents when I was about 11 and we ended up seeing this at the old Embassy theatre, now long gone in
Auckland,N.Z. I thought it was pretty cool at the time because it was my first R.13, which was how they rated them back then.It kind of freaked me a
little, being so young I guess, and although I forgot a lot of it over time,certain elements always stayed with me.The woman in the lake,the dead guy
on the tractor and especially the towns people in the house. It's funny that this movie I thought no one would remember seems to have had such an
affect on so many of you.I always imagined if I ever saw it again it wouldn't amount to much but perhaps it was as creepy as I remember it was almost
40 years ago. It's nice to know this movie left a lasting imprint on others as well.
Actually I like this movie not so much for the suspense, but rather as a glimpse of a by-gone era--the "simple life" of the early 1970s. The characters
aren't obsessed with answering their cell phones, don't have degrees or stressed out with making a lot of money, etc. They have time to talk to each
other in person, wear simple clothes, and enjoy rural life (until Emily, course!) :)
It was one dark night in the late 70s that i first saw this film on late night tv . WOW it was so eerie, and a real shocker. Zohra Lampert was perfect
for the role of Jessica, and the rest of the were great too. I find this one up there with some of the best.
I remember I first saw this film on the Sci-Fi Channel (WAY before it became Sy-Fy!) when I was 12 or 13, around the mid-1990s (now I'm 29). It
was a Saturday afternoon and I was home alone. I was flipping through the channels and caught it right as it started. The movie left an impression
on me. I remember feeling totally creeped out after the film was finished. Even though it was sunny outside, I felt like it had become cloudy
because of how the movie made me feel! It was so simply done, yet
the combination of music, storyline, and the early 1970's "look" made this film one of my favorite movies of all time. The music, especially, is very
eerie with its various melodies throughout the film.
Many years later, when I was in college, I searched for online and purchased the VHS of the film and watched it. All of the spooky feelings I felt
after watching it that very first time came back instantly! A few years ago, I finally purchased the DVD version. By chance, one day around the
same time I had just bought the DVD, I happened to be in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and drove by the big old house that was used in the filming
of the movie. How cool was that!
Now with the Internet there is so much more to find about this movie, and I even heard rumors of a remake. I'm not sure if I believe it though! It's
amazing to see so many other fans of the movie like myself.
Thanks for creating such an awesome site!
Cranston, Rhode Island
I had read what Stephen King had to say about the film in his book Danse Macabre. For years I tried to locate a copy, and could not find one-or
anyone who'd seen it. I eventually got a computer, and bought a VHS copy of the film on ebay for 6 dollars. I've never parted with it, and this film
has become one of my all time favorite horror films.
I just watched this film while lying in bed on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I actually thought I might take a nap because my daughter had a slumber
party the night before, and I had been awakened several times. This movie was one my daughter had picked out for the girls at her party to
watch, but they didn't because some of the girls didn't want to be scared. I became so engrossed with the movie that I have not had a nap! The
sight of Emily coming out of that water in her wedding dress was extremely creepy. I love the way the movie isn't "overdone."
I love this movie and watch it very often. Halloween time is the best time to watch it.
I have the VHS, and now the DVD. Will always love it, it is the best one in my horror collection..
Thanks for this website
My name is Robert White, I live in Elizabeth Indiana and I was about 6 years old in 1975 the first time I saw Lets Scare Jessica to Death. My
parents let me stay up late one weekend to watch SNL and as soon as they went to bed I went channel surfing. The creepy music at the
open of the picture hooked me and I couldn't turn away. I was scared to death(No pun intended)by this film. As the years went by I looked
back and decided that I most likely frightened so badly because of my age at the time. When I was 28 years old me and a friend were board
so we went into town to buy some beer and sit up all night watching horror films. We went into a video store and I found Lets Scare Jessica
to Death and had to rent it. My friend was not happy with my choice, he likes the more recent stuff. He was singing a different tune by the
time the movie was over, and I was scared to death once more. This is one of the greatest horror films ever made. Everyone should see it
at least once! I bet a lot of people will be to scared to watch it a second time.
I WAS ONLY 4-YEARS OLD WHEN IT CAME OUT AND I SAW IT WHEN I WAS ABOUT EIGHT.
TO THIS DAY IT STILL CREEPS ME TO DEATH. THE BEST 70'S HORROR NOSTALGIA STARTS HERE.
I grew up in the 70's and was always into creature features and new horror movies that came out back then even though I was only 4 when it came out.
I am sure that I saw it on Bob Wilkins hour of horror or dialing for dollars, a good horror movie always leaves a trace of itself behind after you've seen it and this one was
definitely a classic.
I don't know if an updated version will be able to top matters but 70's horror I know will always live on for those who experienced it back then and who is always looking for
Jessica film scared me to death late one summer night on a basic-cable channel in 1983 or so. Almost twenty years passed before I rented the film on VHS, and my
second viewing confirmed it as one of my top 20 horror films of all time. A few years back, I had the opportunity to meet the still-lovely Zohra Lampert in person and thank
her for giving fans of low-key supernatural films a performance for the ages.
I can't believe I didn't see this movie until 2011! I love this type of horror movie and the music is amazing! It had me hooked when Jessica read the grave stone
rubbing- something like, fragile as the leaves on a shivering spray. like them, we grow. like them, decay. What a great movie!
I watched this in the 70's as a newly wed. I spent the whole movie peeking at it from behind my husbands back. Had nightmares for weeks afterwards.
HELLO MY NAME IS VINNY FROM MECHANICVILLE, NEW YORK. I AM 34 YEARS OLD. I HAVE HEARD ABOUT THIS MOVIE FOR A FEW YEARS NOW AND I FINALLY
BOUGHT IT ON AMAZON VIDEO ON DEMAND. THIS MOVIE GIVES ME THE CREEPS EVERY TIME I WATCH IT AND THE BEST PART OF IT IS IT DOES NOT NEED
THE GORE AND BLOOD AND GUTS. THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE MOVIE IS PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR. WAS IT ALL IN JESSICAS HEAD? WAS IT A
CONSPIRACY? IN MY OPINION I THINK SHE WAS CRAZY. BUT I ALSO THINK THAT THE GIRL, EMILY REALLY WAS A GHOST!! GREAT JOB BY DIRECTOR JOHN
HANCOCK FOR MAKING THIS FILM VERY REALISTIC AND IT'S TOO BAD A LOT OF PEOPLE NOW DAYS DON'T APPRECIATE THESE KINDS OF MOVIES. I LOVE
THIS MOVIE AND ALWAYS WILL. IT WILL FOREVER BE A CREEPY ONE FOR SURE!
I first saw Jessica as a young teen on late night television in the early 80s. At the film's conclusion I was absolutely sure Jessica had made a terrible mistake and that
everything had been in her head. When the DVD was released many years later, I watched it again, remembering how much I loved it when I was a kid. The ending
completely caught me off guard. This time, I was convinced that Jessica was in her right mind and it the rest of the cast was out to get her! Great movie!
I'm nine years old and begging my parents to let me see this movie(I have mo memory of what it was rated at the time). Somehow, the pleading works with the caveat
that they won't take me but they will drop me and my 12 year old brother off to see the flick. This two hours of cinema experience has stuck with me throughout my entire
half century of life. I still shiver when I recall any of the scenes of Jessica. I had to sleep in my brothers bedroom for a week and with a light turned
on. My brother and I have agreed on very little in our daily lives, but one thing we always agree upon is that Jessica scared us to death(at least a small death) and
continues to do so at the time you're all reading this.
I saw LSJTD as a Saturday night movie at my high school, St. George's in Newport, RI. I'm not sure whether anyone of us knew then that the movie had been made a little
bit west of there in Old Saybrook, CT. There were twenty or thirty teenagers gathered in the Common Room watching a 16 mm print of the film. I've always liked scary
movies and I was pleased that our Movie Club had decided to show one. I'm not sure if it was the film or the setting or a combination of the two but I remember being
impressed and not a little spooked by the movie, and particularly remembered the scene where Jessica finds Woody dead on the moving tractor. All in all it was
memorable enough for me to seek the movie out 30 years later!
I live where this creepy movie was made. I drive by that run down old scary house several times a wk. The brush and trees have grown up in front so its hard to see from
the rd. Also, there is no orchard or cove near the house. That stuff was probably all filmed in Chester, ct which is about 4 exits up the highway which in the movie is as
you see, exit 6. Old Saybrook where the house is, is exit 2. The house is located on Rt 1, by I95, and it near a dying auto mall and the shoreline marinas. Not
sure who owns the house but i've gotta great idea for a remake!
I first saw the film when I was about 10 years old. Every Friday night at midnight was a show called Night Owl Theatre that would air two old horror movies.
The MC of the show was a guy named Fritz the Night Owl.
I never forgot the movie. Loved it! Still do! Now at 40 years old I was only able to find it on Netflix and rent it regularly.
I first saw it on TV and I honestly don't remember how old I was but being a lover of scary movies, it has stuck with me every since. It is absolutely one of my most favorite
movies of all time. I love how it began with the same scene it did when it ended. I think that was brilliant. I have never been one to buy movies but this is one I did buy to keep.
I was 13. It was just out in theaters. I was supposed to meet my friend at the theater for the 7pm show. He didn't show up and I was alone in a fairly empty theater.
Maybe the first time I'd ever seen a movie alone in a theater. I had to keep going out to the lobby just to get a grip, I was so freaked out. I walked out of there at the
end thinking everyone probably had those neck scars. I had nightmares for two weeks, literally every night. I kept looking for it on video and when I finally rented it I
realized it wasn't that great, but if it had been edited a bit better and with a better ending, it really could've been great. I still love it - always will stay inside my head
that sense of being paranoid and nobody believes you and then bang they were all vampires after all. Just killer. Some amazing cinematography - that part of the
film is truly astounding - the images - the setting - it doesn't get any better for creepy.
My dad took me to this when it first came out. I was 13 years old. We lived in Connecticut, so the setting of the film seemed very very real to me.
The intense subtleties in Zohra Lampert's Jessica pulled me into the film even then. Her fragility is just exquisite, and the terror I felt is due in large part to feeling such
empathy for her. I've been telling my son about it for years and finally watched it with him. I was worried that it would be one of those memories that sounds scarier than it
ends up being upon being revisited. But he was totally drawn into the film. I loved seeing it again. Put me on edge all over again.
Best subtle scene: Jessica in the chicken house buying eggs... high spirited going in, then it all changes.
I was looking in a website some horror films to download, and then I found in the list of available film's the words Scare Jessica to Death. The title was so catchy for me to
check out the film. Bad reviews in Rotten Tomatoes (20%) and a bad trailer in YouTube doesn't prevent me to watch a movie with an interesting premise and a title so
I download the film and then, one night, I put my headphones and start watching it: IT WAS AMAZING. It have it's flaws, of course, but since the first time that I watched
the film, it have become one of my favorite horror films of all time.
I first saw this film in the movies back in 1972, the theater was nearly empty so that only added to its atmosphere. Now when I watch, as when I was a youngster, the
movie stays with me for days afterwards. A deep feeling of melancholy that transforms itself from the film into reality for a brief time. What is even more perplexing is that
the makers of this gem have no real inkling as to the beauty and its overall dramatic impact on the horror genre. It ranks up there with films like, The
Haunting, The Innocents, but I feel that it actually out shines them. If there ever was an award for best dramatic performance in a horror film it would have to be Zhora's
excellent portrayal of Jessica, watching it is almost painful and heart wrenching in that she captures the emotions of a tortured soul with vocal intonations and excellent
facial expressions. Working in the health field I could swear that she spent some time in a mental health facility just to gauge the nuances of a patient. Her performance
is spot on and this film will always be among my favorites.
I just watched it for the first time that I can remember for sure (March 21, 2012). I think I may have seen the last few minutes on cable when I was a kid in the mid
80's...but I'm not sure.
I do however, DEFINITELY remember seeing the cover on many VHS boxes in many movie rental stores here when I was a kid.
I really liked this movie a lot!
I fist saw this on tv about 1976. I was nine years old and my dad had it on. To this day,no other movie gets under my skin like this one. You could never duplicate the
atmosphere and mood of this film today. The only other film in this league is Lemora, a child's tale of the supernatural and to a lesser extent, Messiah of evil. Doug
I was 4 or 5 years old, and it was the ABC Prime Time Friday night movie of the week. I saw it rerun several times on afternoon TV over the next ten years or, then not
for around 20 years, then an art house screening on the big screen by the Washington Psychotronic film Society in 2002. Saw it again last night on TCM and was
amazed at how atmospheric it was, it was more so then I remembered, hence the google search this morning over my coffee leading me to this site.
I saw it at the theatres when it first came out. I was 11 or 12 at the time. I am 52 now but I had remembered so many of the scenes in the movie as a child. I recently saw it on
Turner Classic Movies and was even more intrigued at this later age. Ms Lampert's performance was impressive and believable as a mentally fragile woman. Better than
anything out there today. The movie was dark, creepy, sad, and the music was fantastic! The ending was genius as the viewer was sort of left, along wit
h Jessica, not knowing the difference between madness and insanity. In other words, was she really sick or were there ghosts and vampires? Rotten Tomatoes gave this
movie a 20! Not surprising as there is no depth or creative genius to any movies made in this day and age. This is one of the best horror films of all time.
I fell in love with this movie when I first watched it, the music is the best... My dad is the one who introduced me to it, since then I have not been able to go to sleep without it... it just gives me
the chills and you don't know what it';s all about, you need to figure it out yourself... I've had friends watch this movie and they always ask me whats going on? I tell them I don't even know, you
have to figure it out for yourself. There's really is no way to figure it out, you have your own decision at the end of the movie. It's either Jessica is insane or she's not.I myself still don't know
and I've been watching this movie for years.
As elementary school children, my big sister and I would watch horror tv every weekend. I'd guess that we saw LSJTD first on Dr Shocks Horror Theatre, a Sunday (I think) afternoon program
from Philadelphia, PA. This and The Deathmaster (with Robert Quarry) are my two fondest horror memories from the 70s. I can't tell you how pleased I was when Jessica was finally released
I watched this movie on Channel 38 The Movie Loft. I was probably far too young to see it (I was born the year after it's release), but I had a habit of sneaking into my Grandparent's room to
watch movies on their old B&W while everyone was downstairs & I was supposed to be asleep. To this day, it's my favorite horror movie and the sole reason I will never go in a lake!!
I remember this film from when I was a child. I had first seen it on Television . . a late movie.. .( I often used to sneak downstairs to watch tv late)
I saw Abigail drifting through the water and I was frozen!! It scared the tar out of me, and it stayed with me to this day.
It is to this day one of my favorites !
I found this classic horror gem back in the 70's on late-night TV when I was a teen. Gave me chills. Especially the scene with Emily comes out of the water in the dress. The music perfectly fit
the creepy rise. I had to sleep with the lights on that night and have been a big fan ever since.