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Summer of Fear (1978)

Stranger in Our House (original title)
A teenage girl's life is turned upside down after her cousin moves into her house, and as time goes by, she begins to suspect that she may be a practitioner of witchcraft.

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Wes Craven

Writers:

Lois Duncan (based on the novel by: "Summer of Fear"), Glenn M. Benest (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Rachel Bryant
Lee Purcell ... Julia Trent
Jeremy Slate ... Tom Bryant
Jeff McCracken ... Mike Gallagher
Jeff East ... Peter Bryant
Carol Lawrence ... Leslie Bryant
Macdonald Carey ... Professor Jarvis - Special appearance by
Fran Drescher ... Carolyn Baker
James Jarnigan James Jarnigan ... Bobby Bryant (as James Jarnagin)
Sierra Pecheur Sierra Pecheur ... Nurse Duncan
Billy Beck ... The Sheriff
Patricia Wilson ... Mrs. Gallagher
Gwil Richards Gwil Richards ... Dr. Morgan
Frederick Rule Frederick Rule ... The Mailman
Helena Mäkelä Helena Mäkelä ... Bev. Hills Lady (as Helena Makela)
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Storyline

A country family of five takes in cousin Julia, whose parents recently perished in a car crash. Julia extends her influence over the family and those around them, fooling all except for Rachel, the teenaged girl who knows her cousin is up to no good. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Julia came to live with the Bryants. She claimed to be their cousin ... See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer of Fear See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As Wes Craven notes on the DVD commentary, this was Linda Blair's first film after running into some trouble with the law the previous year. It would be her final starring role in a television movie. See more »

Goofs

The scene where Rachel says "What is it? What does she have that has you and Mike so enchanted? " Peter simply says "I guess some people are just special ". Then Peter starts walking toward the door but then turns around briefly and says "I like her.." Right after he says that he smiles right at the camera as if he is posing for a picture. See more »

Quotes

Julia: I like my hair this way. Mike does, too. So does your father.
Rachel Bryant: Well I can't stand a thing about you, and that includes your hair!
Julia: How rude.
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Alternate Versions

In the Stranger In Our House (1978) TV-version, there are four extra minutes which were cut out for the VHS release Summer of Fear. Those extra minutes were put back for the Summer of Fear DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Julia... AKA Sarah
24 October 2004 | by XFASee all my reviews

I really REALLY like this film. I first seen this on , what do you know , public TV around Halloween time. Although I did not see it in its original release - I still found this enjoyable and spooky and the fact that Linda Blair is in this made it so much more enjoyable to watch. I seen it was on last year , around Halloween time on public TV - and I hope they decide to play it again this year.... Good Halloween fun. Not so scary but a bit creepy. Also , the ending is the best part. These days it also seems a bit funny at times. But I see it also as believable. PEACE & Happy Halloween to you and yours :)


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