Cinema: Batgirl

Ever since Bela Lugosi went to bat in Dracula, the vampire has been a favorite of American horror-movie cultists. But even they will find little nourishment in Let's Scare Jessica to Death. Technology is partly to blame. Once electric lights are substituted for candles, the ghosts no longer hold sway; a car is no proper substitute for the creaky carriage and pair. The plot, however, is a lineal descendant of the Bram Stoker original.

Jessica (Zohra Lampert) has just been released from a mental institution. She and her husband Duncan (Barton Heyman) opt out of the New York scene for a creaky...

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