Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Let's Scare Jessica To Death (1971) aka The Secret Beneath The Lake

3 / 5
Tagline: Something is after Jessica. Something very cold, very wet...and very dead...
Directed by: John D. Hancock
Written by: John D. Hancock, Lee Kalcheim
Actors include: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Gretchen Gorbett
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Finland
Country: USA

Well I actually had high expectations from this, IMDB had a rating set of 6.4, but I certainly didn't see anything that exciting! The first big complaint is that all of the actors are well unlikeable and unattractive (not that the latter part matters that much, but the sum of both is not a pretty picture). The story is about a mentally unsound woman named Jessica (one of Earth's most irritating creatures) who just came from a mental asylum. See she's moved with her Husband and friend to try and recuperate out in the country to a farmhouse. Right when they move in they find a female squatter in their farm and for some odd reason they invite her to move in. Jessica seems to keep having strange experiences, finding things dead and whatnot...but is she really crazy or is there something bigger going on? Honestly visually it's quite a piece (as far as the sets go) and there is one nearly creepy scene in the water (I'm not telling) but that's about it. The ending is definitely the best part and a bit of a surprise, but I really did have to struggle through the first 3/4 to get to the good stuff. Horror buffs will want to watch, but unless you have extreme patience I'd avoid this one.

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