Old Connecticut farmhouses and surburban wives seem to be a target for horror filmmakers. Here is a short list of scary movies that are either set in Connecticut, or were filmed here.
Let's Scare Jessica To Death (1971)
Jessica (Zohra Lampert) has just been released from a mental hospital. Wanting to "start over", she moves into an old Connecticut farmhouse with her husband (Barton Heyman) and a friend (Kevin O'Connor). Before they even arrive Jess starts having strange encounters, and after they find a young transient in their new home (Mariclaire Costello), things start getting rather nasty. Seems this redheaded hippie chick is in fact a vampire, a onetime resident of the house who drowned on her wedding day, and all the old guys in town are her harpies (they all have scarred necks and arms). Or is Jess really having another breakdown? Who knows... (Summary by imdb.com)
Friday the Thirteenth (1980)
In 1957, a young boy named Jason drowned at Camp Crystal Lake, a fictional place in Connecticut. In 1958, the teenagers supposedly responsible are murdered by an unknown assailant. The camp closed, but in 1980 it is reopened by Steve Christie, who hires a few teenagers to be counselors. Mayhem ensues when the teenagers are murdered one by one. Features Kevin Bacon in one of his early movie roles. Directed and produced by Sean S. Cunningham.
Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back (1991)
A school teacher returning to his hometown of Stratford, Connecticut is haunted by the ghosts of high school thugs that were killed in a freak train accident along with his brother. Now, at Davis High, Jim's favorite pupils are being inexplicably murdered. As each disappears, a 'new' pupil turns up in his place. Jim recognizes them as the boys who killed his brother - and whom he knows to be buried in the local cemetery. Directed by Tom McLoughlin. Stars Tim Matheson.
Newlyweds Adam and Barbara die in a car crash. Once they realize they are dead, they also find out an obnoxious family has moved into their Connecticut country home. Failing to scare the family away on their own, the couple contracts the services of an unstable, untrustworthy spirit, Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton), who has an agenda of his own. Imaginative, funny and offbeat. Directed by Tim Burton. Also stars Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Winona Ryder, playing the angst-ridden teenage daughter.
Based on a story by Steven King, this horror movie takes place in fictional Fairview, Connecticut. An overweight lawyer finds himself growing "Thinner" when an old gypsy man places a hex on him. Now the lawyer must call upon his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Time is running out for the desperate lawyer as he draws closer to his own death, and grows ever thinner. Stars Joe Mantegna. Directed by Tom Holland. Summary by Internet Movie Database
The Stepford Wives (1975)
Based on the book by Ira Levin, the story is set in fictional Stepford, Connecticut. Stepford Wives is about a small Connecticut suburb where the women happily go about their housework - cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking gourmet meals - to please their husbands. Until Joanna, a not-so-typical "housewife" discovers that the village's wives have been replaced with robots, and Joanna's inadequate husband wants in on the action. Directed by Bryan Forbes. Stars Katharine Ross, Peter Masterson and Tina Louise.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
Directed and written by Wes Craven. To avoid fainting, keep repeating "It's only a movie...It's only a movie..." Two teenage girls from Westport, Conn. go to the city for a concert and are kidnapped by two men and a woman. They take them to a location only 100 feet from one of the girls' house. The kidnappers rape and murder the two girls and then go to the house of one of the girls, not knowing she lived there. The victims' parents find out that they murdered their daughter, get them drunk, and murder them in strange painful ways. (Summary from imdb.com)
Del Tenney's Curse of the Living Corpse (1964)
Rufus Sinclair was a cranky old millionaire with a terrible fear of being buried alive. After his apparent death, clauses in his will meant to prevent his being buried alive are violated by his uncaring family, and soon a masked figure begins prowling the family's Connecticut estate, slaughtering the family members one by one in a variety of separate, horrible ways. Tenney turned sculptor Gutzon Borglum's Connecticut estate (purchased by Tenney's father-in-law) into an admirably ambient Victorian setting. The film's graphic chills are handily exploited by a young Roy Scheider in his screen debut and beautiful Candace (Carnival of Souls) Hilligoss.
Del Tenney's The Horror of Party Beach (1964)
The Horror of Party Beach, made in the summer of 1963 for a paltry $60,000, is Del Tenney's best-known film. It was filmed in Stamford, Conn. Sea creatures created from radioactive sludge terrorize a beach community. The beasts attack slumber parties, beaches, tourists, and terrorize a waterfront community as a scientist, his daughter, her boyfriend and the local police try to find a way to stop them. Weird atomic beasts...who live off human blood!
Del Tenney and his wife Margot Hartman (who also starred) loosely based their screen treatment on the real-life murder of a Connecticut coed. This now-modest shocker was once considered exploitation cinema of the most vivid variety. The film stars James Farentino and Dick Van Patten. Unlike his other films, Tenney did not direct this one, serving as producer and screenwriter instead.
I Was a Teenage Mummy (1962)
A campy spoof of the classic horror films, this low-budget comedy unearths a 3700-year-old mummy that menaces Westport, Conn. Directed by Ralph C. Bluemke.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun