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Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear

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A chilling cult classic, Wes Craven’s Summer of Fear (1978) follows a country family of five who take in cousin Julie (Lee Purcell), whose parents recently died in a car crash. While the rest of the family and those around them are completely charmed by Julie, teenaged daughter Rachel (Linda Blair) grows suspect that her cousin has an alternative agenda; one that possibly includes witchcraft.

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“The new edition of Summer of Fear is a good investment for anyone who loves all-ages horror and/or Wes Craven.”

Peter Martin

Screen Anarchy

“Those looking to honor the horror master [Wes Craven], or simply to watch a fun and campy 1970’s TV movie, need look no further.”

Max Evry

“Summer of Fear is loaded with greasy, melodramatic intrigue, and Craven wrings it for all its worth…”

Brett Gallman Martin

Oh, The Horror!

Cast & Crew
  • Rachel Bryant : Linda Blair
  • Julia Trent : Lee Purcell
  • Tom Bryant : Jeremy Slate
  • Mike Gallagher : Jeff McCracken
  • Peter Bryant : Jeff East
  • Leslie Bryant : Carol Lawrence
  • Professor Jarvis : Macdonald Carey
  • Carolyn Baker : Fran Drescher
  • Director : Wes Craven
  • Writer : Gleen M. Benest, Lois Duncan
  • Producer : Bill Finnegan, Patricia Finnegan
  • Executive Producer : Max A. Keller, Micheline H. Keller
  • Cinematography : William K. Jurgensen
  • Music : Michael Lloyd, John D'Andrea
  • Art Director : Joe Aubel
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 1978
  • Release Date : 10/10/17
  • Countries of Production : USA
  • Languages : English
  • Running Time : 93 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.33.1
  • Sound : Stereo
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : PG-13 For Some Violence