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Deadly Blessing (1981)

R | | Horror | 14 August 1981 (USA)
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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Jim Schmidt (as Doug Barr)
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Neil Fletcher ...
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Jonathon Gulla ...
Tom Schmidt
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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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14 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Bendición mortal  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$8,279,042 (USA)
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The picture has been well-known for its famous sequence where a spider drops into the mouth of a woman. The girl in question was portrayed by a then unknown Sharon Stone who also was the face on many movie posters for the film. Stone would later go on to big fame around a decade later with her breakthrough film role in Basic Instinct (1992). Director Wes Craven tried to persuade Stone to film the spider scene by holding the creature himself. Still unconvinced, Stone requested that its teeth be removed. Despite crew knowledge that this would make it incredibly difficult for the spider to feed, the operation was performed and Stone agreed to continue. See more »

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The cult members only accuse female characters of being the Incubus. In folklore however an Incubus is an exclusively male demon the gender opposite counterpart to the exclusively female Succubus. 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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Maggie May
Written and Performed by Rod Stewart
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Early Craven effort

Like great wines, Craven's Deadly Blessing improves with age. When looking over the spectrum of his cinema one can see how this films fits into that particular period in his career when he struggled to finance A Nightmare on Elm Street. Unfortunately that classic would not appear until after Swamp Thing and Hills Have Eyes 2. But here we have a story closer than usual to Wes Cravens's heart, repression, religious conflict and social devision, therefore it comes as quite a surprise that Craven does not regard this as one of his more accomplished efforts.


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