Moonlight Frights: Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
Apologies for the brief hiatus — I wanted to start something new and it took up my movie watching time but this week, we are back for the latest installment of Moonlight Frights! Let’s Scare Jessica to Death involves a woman fresh out of a mental facility and resuming her life with her husband. Their new home, however, has mysteries lurking about including that of a possible ghost — all of which induces our Jessica into thinking she’s paranoid.
Fresh out of a mental facility, Jessica and Duncan have found a new residence in an island off Connecticut. Upon arriving to their new home, Jessica believes she sees someone to which her husband denies — until Woody, the agent selling the property acknowledges there is someone in the house. Catching the squatter, Emily reveals she has been staying at the house and will leave. Jessica insists on her staying for dinner, where the four get to know each other better. Soon, both Duncan and Woody both have eyes for the red-haired Emily. With her husband’s attraction to the girl, Jessica’s paranoia begins to get the best of her.
It’s later revealed that the household they purchased belonged to a family where the daughter allegedly drowned in the lake behind the house. Her body was never found, but Jessica catches glimpses of her presumed ghost. It’s also worth nothing the deceased bares striking resemblance to Emily — but there’s no way they could be the same person, right? Wrong. Throughout the film, strange events occur that leave Jessica fearful of mental state.
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death offers more questions than it answers. Was the deceased a vampire? Why are all the townspeople hostile towards the new arrivals? Was all of it inside Jessica’s mind, seeing she is our only narrator? The puzzling nature of this 1971 flick leaves some uncertain of what it was meant to do, though I can appreciate the psychological aspect of it. Viewers have to ask themselves is what they saw real?