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 »
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