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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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Final film and television credit of actress Maren Jensen. See more »


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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Delightfully bizarre horror!
16 May 2007 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Early thriller from Wes Craven is a truly twisted tale of rural horror.

When a farmer is mysteriously killed by his tractor, his wife and her visiting friends are terrorized by someone...or something.

Deadly Blessing is a prime example of a horror film that's powered by eerie atmosphere. The story has many different kinds of horror elements feeding into it; psychological horror, slasher film, supernatural, religious horror. The rustic Texas filming locations are perfect to the foreboding nature of this movie. James Horner's weird chant-like music score is effectively creepy. Craven's direction is solid, as the film builds some tremendously suspenseful shock sequences. Yet Deadly Blessing is light on gore, this film relies upon far more skin-crawling terrors like spiders, snakes, and ominous dark figures -with knifes.

Sure, many people complain about the strange left-field ending but over all it doesn't hurt the film as bad as some people make out. After all this is the kind of horror film that runs on 'nightmare logic'.

The cast is pretty strong. Maren Jensen, Susan Buckner, and a young Sharon Stone make for a lovely trio of leading ladies. Veteran actor Ernest Borgnine is intimidating as the leader of a sect of religious fanatics. Douglas Barr is good as the ill-fated farmer, as is Jeff East as his morally confused younger brother.

Deadly Blessing is an undervalued horror film that should appeal to horror fans who enjoy their films firmly on the strange side.

*** out of ****

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