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Deadly Blessing (1981)

R  |   |  Horror  |  14 August 1981 (USA)
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This film is set in Amish Country, at a local farm, where a woman's husband is mysteriously killed by his own tractor!



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maren Jensen ...
Martha Schmidt
Vicky Anderson
John Schmidt
Colleen Riley ...
Melissa (as Coleen Riley)
Jim Schmidt (as Doug Barr)
Faith Stohler
Louisa Stohler
William Gluntz
Bobby Dark ...
Theatre Manager
Kevin Farr ...
Fat Boy
Neil Fletcher ...
Jonathon Gulla ...
Tom Schmidt


A former Hittite (a member of an Amish-like sect) dies in a mysterious tractor "accident", and his widow is left to face the frightening Hittites who view her as "the incubus" and may have sinister designs on her. Written by Brian J. Wright <>

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14 August 1981 (USA)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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First of two cinema movies with the word "deadly" in the title for director Wes Craven who around five years later would direct Deadly Friend (1986). See more »


Faith picks up, and holds the broken painting in one shot, then in the next she runs towards it lying on the ground as if she had never picked it up. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: In the rolling hills of a sinful farm community, untouched by time, a gruesome secret has been protected for generations.
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Well made and interesting, but slightly disappointing
10 May 2001 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I have a soft spot for this movie since I saw it years ago. The plot goes haywire in all kinds of directions and nothing much actually happens (it is a little too slow-moving for it's own good). But it is imaginatively directed I think, with nice touches (the bath, the dream with the spider, the barnsequence) and an overall creepy atmosphere. Of course, the acting has it's weak spots with some overacting and some none-acting, but the women are all gorgeus and Maren Jensens husband isn't a badlooking fella' himself but he doesn't get much screentime. The ending, as so many have pointed out, is just a little bit silly/weak and I suspect that there was an alternative one (it seems so much like a tacked-on scene). But I don't understand that so many people really dislike this film. It's not the best from Mr Craven (he has done far worse. "Deadly Friend", "Swamp thing" and "The Hills have eyes 2" are truly embarassing). If it shows up as a late-night movie, give it a try!

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