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Deadly Blessing (1981)

R | | Horror | 14 August 1981 (USA)
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After her husband dies of mysterious circumstances, a widow becomes increasingly paranoid of the neighboring religious community that may have diabolical plans for her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colleen Riley ...
Melissa (as Coleen Riley)
Jim Schmidt (as Doug Barr)
Bobby Dark ...
Theatre Manager
Kevin Farr ...
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 <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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




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Release Date:

14 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bendición mortal  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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According to website 'DVD Verdict', director Wes Craven "...was born into a strict Baptist household and attended conservative Christian Wheaton College" with this movie "clearly rooted in Craven's own religious upbringing". See more »


While Martha is taking a bath, supposedly naked, a black bikini is clearly seen through the bath bubbles. 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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My favorite Craven flick!
24 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was awesome fun! I totally loved it, from beginning to end. I don't see why this got such mixed and/or bad reviews! This was great. Yes, the script could've used another polish, but after I saw it once I figured out what was happening. Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, and Susan Buckner are bodacious babes living in a farmhouse in the remote countryside, surrounded on all sides by a religious cult known as the Hittites. Soon weird things start happening and people begin to die. Who is responsible? Is it the Hittites? Or something else? This is great! Rent it! Buy it! Cherish it! There are such great scenes, such as the scene in the barn (I swear, this scene had me jumping out of my socks!), the bathtub sequence, the double murder in the car, the peeping tom sequence, and the finale which was awesome! See this one, you won't be disappointed!

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