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Director:
Writers:
Glenn M. Benest (story) &
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Release Date:
14 August 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A gruesome secret, protected for generations, rises to give its... See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (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  (as Robert Jessup)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Bracken 
 
Casting by
Liz Keigley 
Shari Rhodes 
 
Production Design by
Jack Marty 
 
Set Decoration by
Okowita 
 
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
 
Stunts
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
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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Runtime:
100 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
When Jeff East meets Susan Buckner in town, the marquee at the theatre shows the title "Summer of Fear" (aka Stranger in Our House (1978) (TV)), a made-for-TV movie by Wes Craven in which East also starred.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: While Martha is taking a bath, supposedly naked, a black bikini is clearly seen through the bath bubbles.See more »
Quotes:
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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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
You got my blessing., 14 October 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

After the mysterious death of her husband, soon after leaving a strict religious sect known as the Hittites. Martha is left as a lonely widow expecting a child, and inherits the country house. Soon two of her friends Vicky and Lana come to comfort her and hopefully bring her back with them, but she prefers to stay. The local Hittites headed by Isaiah see her as the blame for the death and including one of their own, and claim her to be the incubus. Soon strange things begin to happen, and she gets the feeling it might be the sect behind it, but far more sinister work seems to be abound.

Craven's lost treasure in his film collection just might be his curiously under-seen 1981 cult film "Deadly Blessing". Finally with its DVD release in Australia, I got the chance and really enjoyed this stylishly skin crawling and at times inspired psychological shocker. Everything about Wes Craven's well-mounted set pieces is genuinely haunting and visually striking with its spontaneously unexpected and innovative jolts. Tight, pressure-boiling suspense is atmospherically tailored to the dreamy, offbeat air and Craven's judgement is immensely on song. He paints the surreal mood with great use of tinted colouring, well-lit lighting and an eerily original and alienating rural location choice. Going a long way to making the whole set-up quite effective was James Horner's alarming music score, which ripples with ripe and tight thunderous cues. Glenn M. Benest and Mathew Barr's busily symbolic story builds upon the groundwork to only end up all over the shop with its supernatural and psychological elements that seem too uneven and illogical. Boy does it become out-of-control, and strange leading to the climax. It does throw one surprise after another! However the ambiguously outrageous and tacky shock ending, now that was a real eye opener that totally felt out-of-place within the subtle context. Listen to the amusing DVD commentary to understand the reasoning for its inclusion. Robert Jessup's elegantly scenic cinematography is well observed and swiftly handled. The three beautiful lead females were convincingly accessible; a headstrong Maren Jensen, joyful Susan Buckner and a drop dead gorgeous, but fragile-minded Sharon Stone. Ernest Borgnine's steadfast, godly turn as the sect leader is superbly prominent. Michael Berryman is unforgettable. Lisa Hartman and Lois Nettleton are enjoyably lively, and Jeff East and Kevin Cooney also appear. Also Craven manages to squeeze a neat little reference to his very good TV movie "Summer of Fear".

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