Really defies simplistic genre descriptors, but who really cares about such meaningless things. A psychological folk-horror film that plays with popular motifs such as the urban-rural divide and the fine line between reality and fantasy, to deliver a rather fascinating subtextual commentary on post-60s America. Traversing the urban-rural axis with a keen eye on the specific epoch, where the utopic dream of naturalistic living spawned by the affluent 70s left was confronted by the harsh realities of small-town American life, Let's Scare Jessica To Death is imbued with a consistent sense of disorientation, in which the archetypical female protagonist that would largely dominate the horror genre in the late 70s/early 80s is replaced by abject fragility and instability, instilling the film with a consistent ambiguity which only aids the film's vast and varied potential readings. Those looking for cheap thrills or simple entertainment are likely to be disappointed by Let's Scare Jessica to Death, but for those willing to looking beyond the text, it truly is a fascinating feature that rests at the fulcrum of a major shift in American culture and horror filmmaking.
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