This reviewer remembers catching “LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH”, on tv as a pre-teenager, in the late 70s and even with drastic editing, it was scary as hell. Seeing it as an adult, while not anywhere as horrifying, there are more than a few generally creepy moments. The opening sequence, from which the main character, alone on a rowboat, reveals what’s led up to this moment, in an extended flashback making up the film’s entirety, sets the pace for an unusual, disturbing, and effective if small, horror film.
The title character has just been released from a mental hospital and embarks on what will hopefully be a new, enjoyable life, with her husband, moving away from the city to start anew in the countryside of a small Connecticut town, living on their newly bought apple farm. Foreshadowing of unsettling things to come, occur almost immediately and the film relies on atmospheric nuances as much as script to work its thrills.
PARAMOUNT has presented an aspect ratio of 1.77:1, close to the film’s correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are decent, though never vibrant and the image is generally soft. There are varying amounts of grain, but then again, this is a ‘70s horror film and it’s far better looking than most of that era’s films have been looking on dvd.
PARAMOUNT has provided a mono mix and while unremarkable, fidelity is fine dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.