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>

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Taglines:

Pray you're not blessed See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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 Summer of Fear (1978)), a made-for-TV movie by Wes Craven in which East also starred. See more »

Goofs

While Martha is taking a bath, supposedly naked, a black bikini is clearly seen through the bath bubbles. 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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Early Craven effort
20 June 2003 | by Krug StilloSee all my reviews

Like great wines, Craven's Deadly Blessing improves with age. When looking over the spectrum of his cinema one can see how this films fits into that particular period in his career when he struggled to finance A Nightmare on Elm Street. Unfortunately that classic would not appear until after Swamp Thing and Hills Have Eyes 2. But here we have a story closer than usual to Wes Cravens's heart, repression, religious conflict and social devision, therefore it comes as quite a surprise that Craven does not regard this as one of his more accomplished efforts.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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