“I sit here and I can’t believe that it happened. And yet I have to believe it. Dreams or nightmares? Madness or sanity? I don’t know which is which.” Sounds like an unreliable narrator, yeah? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they talk with director John D. Hancock about his 1970s classic, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 192 – Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), Interview w/Dir. John D. Hancock
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A psychologically fragile woman has nightmarish experiences that lead her to believe that another strange, mysterious young woman she has let into her home may actually be a vampire.
- Director: John D. Hancock
- Writers: John D. Hancock (credited as Ralph Rose), Lee Kalcheim (credited as Norman Jonas)
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- Music by: Orville Stoeber
- Cinematography by: Robert M. Baldwin (as Bob Baldwin) (photography
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The 70s Grue-Crew has a special episode for you with this one! Joining Doc, Jeff, and Bill is the talented director of Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), John D. Hancock. Not only does he discuss what went into making that extraordinary and creepy classic, but he also shares insights into his involvement in Jaws 2 (1978) and Wolfen (1981) along with industry insights. Join them as they get a special peek behind the curtain with John D. Hancock.
The 70s Grue Crew only touch on Hancock’s experience with Jaws 2. For a comprehensive interview with Hancock on the subject, check out this video podcast episode of The Daily Jaws.
At the time of this writing, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death is available to stream from multiple PPV services. The film is also available as a Blu-ray disc from Scream Factory.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode, chosen by Doc, will be The Killing Kind (1973), directed by Curtis Harrington (Queen of Blood, 1966; Whoever Slew Auntie Roo, 1972), featuring Ann Sothern, Jon Savage, and Cindy Williams.
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