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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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A recently widowed young woman takes on a strict religious community where occurs dreadful murders See more (60 total) »

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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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:
Wes Craven tried to persuade Sharon Stone to film the spider scene by holding the creature himself. Still unconvinced, she 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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Faith picks up, and holds the broken painting in one shot, then in the next she runs towards it lying on the ground as if she had never picked it up.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Slither (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Maggie MaySee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A recently widowed young woman takes on a strict religious community where occurs dreadful murders, 21 December 2010
Author: ma-cortes

This slasher film efficiently directed by Ohio-born Wes Craven ,is a spine-tingler shocker that contains grisly horror, suspense,terrifying screams,tension and great loads of blood, guts and gore . A previous Hittite ,a member of an Amish-like sect, dies and his widow is left to confront the rigid Hittites who view her as "the incubus" and may have dark projects on her. The widowed woman (Maren Jensen)is visited in her rural Pennsylvania house by two friends (Sharon Stone , Susan Bluckner). She becomes especially suspicious after meeting her very religious in-laws family (Ernest Borgnie and his son Jeff East). Nearly her house live a stranger mother (Lois Nettleton) and her painter daughter (Lisa Hartman).The astonishing things go wrong and the killer goes on terrorizing the hapless travelers. Since the sinister presentation a mysterious murderous executes a series of body-count in that some people turn out to be scabrously and cruelly assassinated , as the first of them in a tractor accident .

This gruesome chiller contains grisly killings, disturbing horror, scabrous violence, shocking,some nudism and lots of blood and gore. The horrible assassinations are extremely gory and nauseatingly violent with abundant shots showing stabbing, hanging, and gruesome deeds.The film displays thrills, chills, shocks, cardboard horror,tension and lots of blood and gore for nauseating execution. The grisly murders are extremely scary and eerie with abundant stabbing shots. From the beginning to the amazing ending the horror and eerie deeds are continued and varied. James Horner musical score is electrifying and frightening .

The motion picture is professionally written and directed by the shock-master Wess Craven . Brought up by strict Baptist parents , Craven didn't even see a movie until he was in school , then he revenged directing ¨Deadly blessing ¨ dealing with an implacable denounce against the rigid religious rules . Becoming an University professor Craven shocked his parents by switching careers at 30 and turning into filmmaking . He realized his first film ¨Last house on the left¨ in 1972 that had graphic torture scenes on adolescents and ran into censorship problems . He went on with ¨The hills have eyes¨ and its sequel , about hillbillies (one of them results to be Michael Berryman who acted in Deadly blessing) horrifying hikers , subsequently directed for TV ¨Summer of fear¨ and ¨Deadly blessing¨ and ¨Swamp thing¨ , ¨until his successful ¨Nightmare on Elm Stret¨ that created the known franchise of seven episodes that would eventually be terminated by Craven himself . And , of course , the popular ¨Scream¨ saga in which Craven directed the first and second part , achieving mainstream success again . Rating : Acceptable and passable horror film realized by Craven in a cunningly stylish way .

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