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Deadly Blessing (1981)

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After her husband dies under mysterious circumstances, a widow becomes increasingly paranoid of the neighboring religious community that may have diabolical plans for her.

Director:

Wes Craven

Writers:

Glenn M. Benest (story), Matthew Barr (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maren Jensen ... Martha Schmidt
Sharon Stone ... Lana Marcus
Susan Buckner ... Vicky Anderson
Jeff East ... John Schmidt
Colleen Riley 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 Bobby Dark ... Theatre Manager
Kevin Farr Kevin Farr ... Fat Boy
Neil Fletcher Neil Fletcher ... Gravedigger
Jonathon Gulla Jonathon Gulla ... Tom Schmidt
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Storyline

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 <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Pray you're not blessed See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Actor Ernest Borgnine, who had won a Best Actor Academy Award for Marty (1955), which also was Borgnine's only ever Oscar nomination, was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for Deadly Blessing (1981), but lost out on the Razzie to Steve Forrest for Mommie Dearest (1981). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

The end credits start rolling before the narrator's dialogue is finshed. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the British version, to avoid what they might call confusion, they omitted the "finale" in which the incubus ascends from hell. This version runs 98 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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Maggie May
Written by Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton
Performed by Rod Stewart
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Amish Paradise
1 May 2002 | by pumayeSee all my reviews

A solid shocker, ruined by a botched story and a ridicolous finale, but already demonstrating the greatness of his director, Wes Craven. A couple of scenes in the movie (like the dream spider sequence with a young and pretty Sharon Stone, and the almost heartstopping snake in the bath scene) are really good and even the movie is good for more than half is length. Alas, the botched explanation of the resolution of the story (really stupid and very similar to another movie of those years - Sleepaway Camp) and the really ridicolous demon apparition at the end of the movie soften the total impact of this otherwise more than watchable thriller with mildly supernatural tones.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Blessing See more »

Filming Locations:

Waxahachie, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,279,042

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,279,042
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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