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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 closing credits at the end of the film begin before the narrator's epilogue dialogue is completed. See more »

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In the opening sequence when William breaks Faith's painting and throws it, the painting is clearly attached to wires of some sort. 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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Written and Performed by Rod Stewart
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A Completely Bizarre Ending
27 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Director Wes Craven, because the man knows how to tell a story well, but with Deadly Blessing it doesn't seem like he knew what the story was to begin with, which is rare with him, which also makes this film even stranger. A former member of a religious cult in an Amish community who lives on a farm close to the cult's church is mysteriously killed by his own tractor. After that, his wife and her two visiting friends(including a young Sharon Stone)are haunted by strange and deadly events that could very well cost them all their lives because of something called The Incubus. The film starts off well, but kind of loses some steam as it goes on. It does have some well done scenes, including a dream sequence with Sharon Stone and a spider. But Ernest Borgnine as Isaiah, the cult's leader, is so over the top, that you will want to tell him to calm down and see a psychologist, because he's nuts! The Hills Have Eyes' Michael Berryman is also here as a member of the Amish cult, and once again, he's as creepy as he could ever be. But what really bothers me the most is the ending, in fact the final 20 minutes are probably without a doubt, the most craziest, and most bizarre bunch of minutes you'll probably ever see in a movie in your life. The twist at the end is completely confusing and ridiculous, and ends up making the entire film laughable. Also I hate the way it's handled, with people screaming loud enough, to just scare you, which is just annoying. But it doesn't end there, because there's another twist on top of that twist, and this one is even stupider. It just seems tagged on, in other words, Craven knew that he had a weak film, so he added something that looks really fake and dumb, to give you that classic bad horror ending. But in fact, what he left you with is not at all classic, it's forgettable stupidity. In the end, if you take out the ending, and Borgnine's over the top insane performance, you actually get a pretty decent horror film. The girls are all beautiful especially Sharon Stone, and I did like James Horner's score. But come on Wes Craven, you're smart enough to know you can do better than this. Domestic:$8.2 Million.


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