Linda Blair of THE EXORCIST (1973) stars as an adolescent witch finder in this fast-paced, made-for-TV mix of horror and teen angst, helmed by future NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) director Wes Craven. The entire Bryant family is horrified when Mrs. Bryant's (Carol Lawrence) sister and brother-in-law are killed in a car crash in Arkansas. Their orphaned daughter, Julia (Lee Purcell), comes to live with the Bryants, sharing a room with teenage equestrienne Rachel Bryant (Linda Blair). Although Rachel's brothers, Pete (Jeff East) and Bobby (James Jarnagin), welcome Julia warmly, Rachel's horse, Sundance, takes an instant dislike to the waif-like newcomer. Rachel develops a mysterious skin rash that prevents her from attending a dance with her beau, Mike (Jeff McCracken), and before long Julia has seduced Mike away from Rachel. Rachel's parents assume, not unreasonably, that she's just jealous of Julia, but Rachel begins poking into Julia's background. Fortunately for Rachel, kindly neighbor Professor Jarvis, (MacDonald Carey) happens to be an expert in the occult, specializing in black magic from the Ozarks. Unfortunately for him, Julia fells him with a stroke after he offers Rachel some helpful tips for dealing with sorceresses. Julia also rids herself of Sundance, who injures himself at a competition and has to be put down. With her primary nemeses removed, Julia lets her guard down and reveals some ingrained ill temper, but her little-miss-sweetheart still fools her aunt and uncle (Jeremy Slate). After seducing Mr. Bryant, Julia plans a car accident for her inconvenient aunt. If her family is to be saved, Rachel must single-handedly expose a backwoods demon with a formidable array of spells at her command. Blair has a field day as a petulantly sneering adolescent supplanted in her own family's affections by a supernatural pretender. Fran Drescher, later the star of TV's The Nanny, has a small role as a nurse.
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- Released: 1978
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: Linda Blair of THE EXORCIST (1973) stars as an adolescent witch finder in this fast-paced, made-for-TV mix of horror and teen angst, helmed by future NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) director Wes Craven. The entire Bryant family is horrified when Mrs. Bryant… (more)