5 items from 2013
Director: Wes Craven
Running Time: 104 Minutes
Wes Craven is often seen as a horror icon thanks to his films Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare On Elm Street, and Scream. Buried away among such classics is a forgotten film which many have never heard of, Deadly Blessing.
Deadly Blessing takes place in an Amish-like community, run by a religious group known as the Hittite. As described by one character “they make the Amish look like swingers.” Jim Schmidt has recently been expelled from the group due to his marriage to an outsider the Hittite refer to as an ‘Incubus’; a devil that seduces you in your sleep. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Deadly Blessing, 1981.
Directed by Wes Craven.
When Martha marries into a close knit sect she finds herself shunned as an outsider by its fanatical members, but when her husband dies mysteriously while riding a tractor expressly forbidden as a tool of the devil, things take a darker turn.
Wes Craven's long and illustrious career in horror has seen him craft many an iconic film. Some have become franchises such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, and others have simply been iconic enough to receive the modern remake treatment like The Hills Have Eyes or The Last House on the Left. With so many iconic creations it’s sometimes easy to overlook certain films in Craven’s back catalogue. He’s done a lot of very enjoyable horror films. Deadly Blessing »
- Flickering Myth
Review Ryan Lambie 19 Mar 2013 - 06:54
In the early 1970s, Wes Craven made the leap from academic to filmmaker, working at the sleazier end of the movie industry with director and producer Sean S Cunningham on films with titles like Together, Honey Pie and Hot Cookies. It was with his horror films The Last House On The Left (1972) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977) that Craven became recognised as a director in his own right, and their shocking subject matter and violence gained him a considerable amount of notoriety among critics and censors.
Although Craven continued to dabble in exploitation cinema after The Hills Have Eyes (he served as cinematographer on The Evolution Of Snuff in 1978), the end of the 70s saw him gradually shuffle towards the mainstream; 1978's Stranger In Our House »
A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the month of January.
Effects guru Robert Hall’s semi-autobiographical film about a small town teen (Reaper's Bret Harrison) who has aspirations to become a special effects artist. An opportunity to manage the town’s local haunted house is thwarted by his alcoholic stepfather and the staunchly religious views of the surrounding population. The solid supporting cast includes That 70’s Show’s Laura Prepon, Hellraiser’s Ashely Lawrence and Kevin Gage. Written and directed by Hall, it’s an affectionate coming-of-age drama that works in spite of an uneven narrative that falls apart in the final half hour. Hopefully this new extended cut will remedy the scripting problems of the original release.
Special Features include:
* Never-before-released extended cut of the film.
* Making-of Featurette
* Audio commentaries with the writer/director and cast. »
- Bradley Harding
From Haxan to last year’s The Devil Inside, religious horror films have been a staple in the genre. Often, films dealing with religion wade in the waters of the threat of a supernatural evil to explain events that could otherwise be attributed to a human force.
Deadly Blessing, a film made after The Hills Have Eyes, and before his groundbreaking A Nightmare on Elm Street, puts Wes Craven in the realm of the potentially supernatural with a serial murderer in a small town dominated by a religious community.
A young couple, Jim and Martha Schmidt (Douglas Barr, Maren Jensen), seem to have the ideal life, until one night when Jim is murdered out in the barn. Seeking refuge, Martha invites two friends, Lana and Vicky (Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner) to visit from the city. No sooner have they arrived, when the Elder of the “Hittite” community (Ernest Borgnine) warns »
- Derek Botelho
5 items from 2013
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