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Deadly Blessing (1981)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  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

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

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 <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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A gruesome secret, protected for generations, rises to give its... See more »

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14 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Bendición mortal  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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The name of the fictitious rural religious sect living in a farming community in Pennsylvania were the "Hittites". The religious group were allegedly based on the Amish Community who would find popular cinema fame about four years later with their central inclusion in the major motion picture Witness (1985). It is stated at one point in Deadly Blessing (1981) that the Hittites "make the Amish look like swingers". See more »

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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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A recently widowed young woman takes on a strict religious community where occurs dreadful murders
21 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

This slasher film efficiently directed by Ohio-born Wes Craven ,is a spine-tingler shocker that contains grisly horror, suspense,terrifying screams,tension and great loads of blood, guts and gore . A previous Hittite ,a member of an Amish-like sect, dies and his widow is left to confront the rigid Hittites who view her as "the incubus" and may have dark projects on her. The widowed woman (Maren Jensen)is visited in her rural Pennsylvania house by two friends (Sharon Stone , Susan Bluckner). She becomes especially suspicious after meeting her very religious in-laws family (Ernest Borgnie and his son Jeff East). Nearly her house live a stranger mother (Lois Nettleton) and her painter daughter (Lisa Hartman).The astonishing things go wrong and the killer goes on terrorizing the hapless travelers. Since the sinister presentation a mysterious murderous executes a series of body-count in that some people turn out to be scabrously and cruelly assassinated , as the first of them in a tractor accident .

This gruesome chiller contains grisly killings, disturbing horror, scabrous violence, shocking,some nudism and lots of blood and gore. The horrible assassinations are extremely gory and nauseatingly violent with abundant shots showing stabbing, hanging, and gruesome deeds.The film displays thrills, chills, shocks, cardboard horror,tension and lots of blood and gore for nauseating execution. The grisly murders are extremely scary and eerie with abundant stabbing shots. From the beginning to the amazing ending the horror and eerie deeds are continued and varied. James Horner musical score is electrifying and frightening .

The motion picture is professionally written and directed by the shock-master Wess Craven . Brought up by strict Baptist parents , Craven didn't even see a movie until he was in school , then he revenged directing ¨Deadly blessing ¨ dealing with an implacable denounce against the rigid religious rules . Becoming an University professor Craven shocked his parents by switching careers at 30 and turning into filmmaking . He realized his first film ¨Last house on the left¨ in 1972 that had graphic torture scenes on adolescents and ran into censorship problems . He went on with ¨The hills have eyes¨ and its sequel , about hillbillies (one of them results to be Michael Berryman who acted in Deadly blessing) horrifying hikers , subsequently directed for TV ¨Summer of fear¨ and ¨Deadly blessing¨ and ¨Swamp thing¨ , ¨until his successful ¨Nightmare on Elm Stret¨ that created the known franchise of seven episodes that would eventually be terminated by Craven himself . And , of course , the popular ¨Scream¨ saga in which Craven directed the first and second part , achieving mainstream success again . Rating : Acceptable and passable horror film realized by Craven in a cunningly stylish way .


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