Let’s Scare Jessica To Death (John D. Hancock, 1971)

A title trying to impose plot onto a film that steadfastly refuses (until its final reel) to deliver the genre goods collides with an uncomfortable probing of the wounds of marriage, an unhopeful vision of the future for those on the margins (hippies, urbanites, the mentally ill), and understated atmosphere. What remains is a yellowed photo. Machinery rumbling through an apple orchard. The shimmer of dusklight on water.

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