13 Freaky Halloween Movies for Families

Summer of Fear

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(aka Stranger in Our House) Rated: PG-13 Year: 1978 Cast: Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Carol Lawrence

When Rachel's cousin loses her parents in a car crash and moves in with her, strange things start happening. At first Rachel resents the presence of her perfect cousin, who seems to have cast a spell over her boyfriend and parents. Soon Rachel suspects that the stranger in her house is not a poor and mousy relation, but a sinister witch with a murderous temper.

What Parents Like: Horrormeister Wes Craven directed this made-for-TV thriller, based on a spooky Lois Duncan novel.

What Kids Like: Preteens and teens will enjoy watching the havoc Julia wreaks on Rachel's life. When Julia loses her temper, you'll want to give her a time-out.

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