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Deadly Blessing -- Deadly Blessing - Set in Amish Country, a woman's husband is mysteriously killed by his own tractor in a contemporary community that is not far from another community that believes in ancient evil and curses. It stars Ernest Borgnine, Maren Jensen (in her last screen appearance) and Sharon Stone in an early screen appearance. Directed by the legendary Wes Craven.
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Release Date:
14 August 1981 (USA) See more »
A gruesome secret, protected for generations, rises to give its... See more »
This film is set in Amish Country, at a local farm, where a woman's husband is mysteriously killed by his own tractor! Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maren Jensen ... Martha Schmidt

Sharon Stone ... Lana Marcus

Susan Buckner ... Vicky Anderson

Jeff East ... John Schmidt
Colleen Riley ... Melissa (as Coleen Riley)

Douglas Barr ... Jim Schmidt (as Doug Barr)

Lisa Hartman ... Faith Stohler

Lois Nettleton ... Louisa Stohler

Ernest Borgnine ... Isaiah Schmidt

Michael Berryman ... William Gluntz

Kevin Cooney ... Sheriff
Bobby Dark ... Theatre Manager
Kevin Farr ... Fat Boy
Neil Fletcher ... Gravedigger
Jonathon Gulla ... Tom Schmidt
Chester Kulas Jr. ... Leopold

Lawrence Montaigne ... Matthew Gluntz
Lucky Mosley ... Sammy
Dan Shackleford ... Medic
Annabelle Weenick ... Ruth Schmidt
Jenna Worthen ... Mrs. Gluntz
Percy Rodrigues ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Minton ... Leopold's Friend (uncredited)
Dean Nolen ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
Glenn M. Benest (story) &
Matthew Barr (story)

Glenn M. Benest (screenplay) &
Matthew Barr (screenplay) and
Wes Craven (screenplay)

Produced by
Matthew Barr .... associate producer
Glenn M. Benest .... associate producer
William S. Gilmore .... executive producer (as William Gilmore)
Patricia Herskovic .... producer (as Patricia S. Herskovic)
Max A. Keller .... producer
Micheline H. Keller .... producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Robert C. Jessup (director of photography) (as Robert Jessup)
Film Editing by
Richard Bracken 
Casting by
Liz Keigley 
Shari Rhodes 
Production Design by
Jack Marty 
Set Decoration by
Costume Design by
Patricia McKiernan 
Makeup Department
Lynn Decker .... hair stylist
Jimi White .... makeup artist
John Naulin .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Bert Gold .... unit production manager
Jere Henshaw .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Eyler .... assistant director
Jerram A. Swartz .... assistant director
Art Department
E.W. Bradford .... construction coordinator
Derek R. Hill .... lead man
Mike Parsons .... property master (as Michael Parsons)
Robert E. Parsons .... assistant property master (as Bob Parsons)
Sound Department
George Baetz .... boom operator
Charles Grenzbach .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael J. Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Phillips .... sound effects editor
Robert Wald .... sound mixer (as Bob Wald)
Special Effects by
Jack Bennett .... special effects
May Boss .... stunts (as Mary R. Boss)
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts (as Kerrie K. Cullen)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Curtis Bingham .... electrical best boy
Murray K. Campbell .... lamp operator
Robert Driskell .... gaffer
Robert Horne .... first assistant camera
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... camera operator (as Phil Pfeiffer)
Tony Poston .... key grip
Kerry Rike .... best boy
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Bob Hall .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Riccardo Bertoni .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Chuck Ellison .... assistant film editor
Cate Hardman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Kenneth Karman .... music editor (as Ken Karman)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Clifford Yarborough .... transportation
Other crew
Jean Aldrich .... production accountant
Betty A. Buckley .... production coordinator (as Betty Buckley)
Edward Gold .... production assistant
Robert Jellen .... insurance
Bob Jennings .... unit publicist
Martin Kitrosser .... script supervisor
Zoila De la Pena .... production secretary
Janet Lucas Lawler .... first aid (as Janet Lawler)
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100 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (1987) | Finland:(Banned) (1982) | France:-12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Iceland:16 | Norway:(Banned) (1981-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1990) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R
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'Sharon Stone (I)''s first big speaking role in a theatrical feature.See more »
Factual errors: 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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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One of Craven's best, 18 August 2010
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

This film is underrated as hell. I personally consider it Craven's best film aside from The Hills Have Eyes. Of course, I've always been interested in the Amish culture, so this film taking it a step further with the Hittites was something I was intrigued by before I'd even first watched it. The film is thematically interesting in it's juxtaposition of a strict, patriarchal culture with individuals who hold more modern values. Fertile ground for Craven given his stern religious upbringing. while the movie adheres more closely to the slasher formula, the setting and the implications of the supernatural both help to distinguish it.

The entire film is shrouded in an eerie atmosphere from the get-go. The country setting is beautiful, yet strangely menacing in the confines of the film. We also are treated to a few unnerving sequences, the snake in the bathtub and the spider dream sequence in particular. There's also a lengthy set-piece which takes place in the barn, exceptionally well-done.

Maren Jenson is a gorgeous woman (much more so than Stone), and she brings a grounded quality to her leading role. It's a pity she didn't do anymore films, TV or anything after this. This film marked Sharon Stone's first speaking role, and while she isn't great or even good, I did like her delivery when describing her dream early on. Ernest Borgnine and Michael Berryman are both favorites of mine, and they deliver two more solid characters to their resumés. The underrated Lois Nettleton is here too as Jensen's oddball neighbor.

I also have to admit that I loved the ending, which is often bashed. I thought if fit with everything that had come before, like the dog on the prowl, the spiders, Stone's dream sequences, etc. It felt like a malevolent force was influencing the surrounding area.

This film is a long-standing favorite of mine, and I for one think it deserves more respect. Of course, for that to happen, I suppose more people would need to see it first. Probably Craven's least seen film, which is most unfortunate.

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