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Deadly Blessing (1981)

R | | Horror | 14 August 1981 (USA)
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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>

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Taglines:

Pray you're not blessed See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bendición mortal 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
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of four collaborations of actor Michael Berryman and director Wes Craven. The movies include Deadly Blessing (1981), Invitation to Hell (1984), The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984). 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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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 »

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User Reviews

 
Delightfully bizarre horror!
16 May 2007 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

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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