LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
After being released from a mental ward, Jessica and her husband and friend move into a farmhouse in the country to get away from it all. After meeting a stranger who stays with them, weird things begin to happen. Is it really happening or is it all in her head?
Is it good movie?
Over the years I’ve heard good things about Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, it had a cool title and by that title alone, a cool premise. Even reading the back of the box had me geared up for a psychological thriller. I should’ve just stuck to the excitement of the movie title, it goes downhill from there.
While there is something trying to scare Jessica, the movie is mostly about whether or not what is happening in the movie is actually happening or if it’s all in her head. The concept is nice, but not once was this flick ever scary, but rather, it was an hour and a half of boredom. The minor incidents would only register a yawn from me and the big scare scenes had me rolling my eyes. What may have passed for scares in 1971 doesn’t hold up in 2006.
To be fair, the movie was competently made. The acting was good, the director set up some nice shots (especially the lake scenes) and the music was appropriately creepy. Everything was in place- except for the scares.
In some circles, Jessica is considered a cult favorite and a classic and I really can’t figure out why. To me, a classic is a movie than can be enjoyed anytime regardless of which generation it was made, but what I saw here was a borefest. The viewer is left to figure out if everything is real or in Jessica’s mind, but did I ever not care by the end of the movie.
Video / Audio
The movie is presented in widescreen (enhanced for widescreen TV’s). The picture is decent, but it doesn’t look like much work went into cleaning the print.
Also, we’re only given a Dolby Digital Mono option.
If you consider scene selections and English subtitles as extras, you’re fuelish.
I liked the title but the film is badly dated, and wound up nearly putting me to sleep. Time for me to make the stereotypical reviewer joke at the expense of the title…”Let’s BORE André to Death!” Sorry.