10/24/14 – 2014 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #24 – Let’s Scare Jessica To Death.

Let's scare Jessica

Today’s movie is a perfect example of the early 70’s showing us exactly how to create a truly unsettling atmosphere by using the simplest techniques available. Watching Let’s Scare Jessica To Death is an unnerving experience. There’s almost no blood, most of it takes place in the broad daylight, and yet, it all just works. This is the story of Jessica, who has just been released from a mental institution. Along with her husband and friend, they leave the city life and try to start anew in the country. They buy an old house near a lake, that, well, may hold a few dark secrets. In fact, the entire town just might. But you have to figure it all out. One of the things that makes this flick so unsettling is that you hear Jessica’s inner voice throughout much of the movie. And even though she’s smiling on the outside, she’s usually confused and fearful of something on the inside. She, and thus the audience, is always hearing whispers, and voices from beyond. But what are they? Who are they? Are they real? Is this all in her head? It’s just such a trip. In fact, along with all these whispers, all the sounds of this movie are simply amazing. I’d recommend watching it with the voiume turned all the way up. Because the usage of music, jolting cues, whispers, and all kind of audio effects create a powerful overall unsettling experience. Also, beware the underwater scenes. Haunting. It’s just such a creepy little flick. If you’re looking for a good old fashioned ghost story, then look no further. Hell, Stephen King claims this to be one of his all time favorite horror movies, so if you’re not going to take my word for it, take his.

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