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Deadly Blessing
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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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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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Delightfully bizarre horror! 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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Susan Buckner and Douglas Barr were both in the same TV series, "When the Whistle Blows" (1980), before going on to this film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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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FAQ

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Delightfully bizarre horror!, 16 May 2007
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

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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