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Summer of Fear [Rabid Dog’s House]

The Rabid Dog’s House is a recurring feature at Wicked Horror where contributor Justin Steele uncovers hidden gems, lost classics, and overlooked indie offerings. Flying solo or with the occasional guest, he will discuss an array of topics covering film, literature, and television. Check out the latest installment below. In this episode we’re looking back at 1978’s Summer of Fear!

Directed by Wes Craven, Summer of Fear is a made-for-television feature based on the novel by Lois Duncan. Linda Blair stars as Rachel, a teenager with a love of horses. Her carefree life is suddenly changed when tragedy strikes, and her cousin Julia (Lee Purcell) comes for a visit. One by one, each member of Rachel’s family falls under Julia’s spell. Rachel suspects that there might be more than meets the eye and that Julia is really a witch.

This feature was also released under the tile Stranger in Our House.

Related: Worst to First: Ranking the Lois Duncan Film Adaptations

Join Justin and special guest star Zena Dixon below as they discuss Summer of Fear!

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Written by Justin Steele
Justin Steele is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. His focus was the representation of women and minorities in contemporary media. In addition to writing, he hosts the 411popCulture channel on YouTube. He enjoys Rep Theatre and once performed on Broadway. He currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his 15-year-old cat. He is a die-hard horror fan with a particular affinity for slasher films.
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