A girl thing...
This picture reminds us that Wes Craven is only a man. Not every film he directs can have the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street. It is a TV movie and it is extremely limited. It stars Linda Blair as the main protagonist. She was infinitely more interesting in The Exorcist. Here, she lets her puffy hair do the acting. She’s annoying, but so is everybody else. The dialogue is atrocious.
It is based on the book Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan. It’s a simple story and, within the limitations of the TV format, it comes out as a soap opera for teenage girls with a pinch of horror. Witchcraft is always a good excuse to dump a bunch of cliched supernatural tropes, like having the antagonist not appear in pictures, in mirrors and making animals lose their mind.
This is a good gateway to horror for younger audiences because it depicts their realities, their worries and their lifestyles, but it doesn’t exactly stand the test of time and it’s not that good. If anyone thought this is what horror movies are all about, they may never look back. It is weak sauce. The characters are whiny, uncool, unnatural, hard to relate to and painted by numbers.