- Jennifer (1978 film)
name = Jennifer
writer = Kay Cousins Johnson (screenplay)
Lisa Pelikan Bert Convy Nina Foch John Gavin Jeff Corey
music = Porter Jordan
editing = Duane Hartzel
American International Pictures
May 13, 1978
runtime = 90 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:26027
imdb_id = 0077769
"Jennifer" is a 1978
horror filmdirected 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. 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!"
Jennifer Baylor 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 had left their home in disgrace, because when Jennifer was around the age of seven, some snakes she had been handling apparently bit and killed the 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 so has been relying on Jennifer since his wife died. While he does run the pet store, he spends most of the time in a back room, listening to Christian radio.
Then, Jennifer receives a scholarship to an upper-class private girls' school. While at school, Jennifer encounters a clique of extremely powerful, wealthy and cruel girls, who hate her for being poor and different. These girls are caught cheating on a mid-term exam, and accuse Jennifer of being the ringleader when they get caught, despite the fact that they know she was not involved. When she retaliates by reporting them for cheating, they are enraged to the point of considering murder.
The ruler of this clique, and the main antagonist is Sandra Treymayne, the daughter of a U.S. Senator. Over time, she turns many other students and teachers against Jennifer, including the school's headmistress. The headmistress is eager to expel Jennifer as well, preferring students with rich and powerful parents.
Meanwhile, Jennifer makes some allies and friends at school. The swimming team invites her to join, and a teacher reaches out to her. As well, a member of Sandra's clique, Jane Delano, who is an overweight girl being used by those who claim to be her friends, also sticks up for Jennifer occasionally, although this is to her detriment.
Eventually, Jennifer is pushed to the point where her only remaining recourse is revenge.
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