Jennifer (1978 film)
|Directed by||Brice Mack|
|Produced by||Steve Krantz|
|Screenplay by||Kay Cousins Johnson|
|Story by||Steve Krantz|
|Music by||Porter Jordan|
|Edited by||Duane Hartzel|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures (1978, original)
Kino Lorber (2014, Blu-Ray DVD)
Jennifer is a 1978 horror film directed by Brice Mack, starring Lisa Pelikan. The story has some similarities to the 1976 classic Carrie, about a social misfit with psychic powers who gets revenge on her cruel classmates, although her ability to control snakes is more reminiscent of Willard Stiles's ability to control rats in Willard (1971 film). The original music score is composed by Porter Jordan. The film's tagline is: "She's got the power... and you haven't got a prayer!"
Jenifer Baylor (Lisa Pelikan) is a poor, red-headed young woman from West Virginia. Jennifer possesses a power over snakes, an ability to control them and communicate with them. She and her father, Luke Baylor (Jeff Corey), left their home in disgrace, because when Jennifer was around the age of seven, some snakes she had been handling killed the town preacher's son. She refused to handle snakes ever again, though Luke now runs a pet store and often encourages her to use her power again. Luke is mentally disabled, unable to make meals for himself without burning them, and relies on Jennifer since his wife died. While Luke does run the pet store, he spends most of the time in a back room, listening to Christian radio.
Jennifer receives a scholarship to an upper-class girls private school. While at school, Jennifer encounters a clique of wealthy and cruel girls, who hate her for being poor and different. These girls turn others against Jennifer throughout the movie, but Jennifer also makes friends of her own, including teacher Jeff Reed (Bert Convy). The wealthy girls' cruelty eventually pushes Jennifer over the edge, causing her to use her special powers again for the sake of revenge against those that hurt her and her new friends.
|Lisa Pelikan||Jennifer Baylor|
|Bert Convy||Jeff Reed|
|Nina Foch||Mrs. Calley|
|Amy Johnston||Sandra Tremayne|
|John Gavin||Senator Tremayne|
|Jeff Corey||Luke Baylor|
|Louise Hoven||Jane Delano|
|Ray Underwood||Dayton Powell|
|Wesley Eure||Pit Lassiter|
|Florida Friebus||Miss Tooker|
|Georganne La Piere||Deedee Martin|
The film is now available on Blu-Ray.
- 'Jennifer,' Sister Film To 'Carrie' By JANET MASLIN. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 13 May 1978: 14.
- Jennifer (1978) at the Internet Movie Database
- Jennifer (1978) at AllMovie
- Jennifer (1978) at the TCM Movie Database
- Theatrical trailer for "Jennifer" on YouTube
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