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Deadly Blessing (1981) Poster

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The picture has been well-known for its famous sequence where a spider drops into the mouth of a woman. The girl in question was portrayed by a then unknown Sharon Stone who also was the face on many movie posters for the film. Stone would later go on to big fame around a decade later with her breakthrough film role in Basic Instinct (1992). Director Wes Craven tried to persuade Stone to film the spider scene by holding the creature himself. Still unconvinced, Stone 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.
The snake sequence in the bathtub was revisited by director Wes Craven after this film with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) where the reptile instead was replaced with the finger-knives hand of Fred Krueger.
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.
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Wes Craven compared his work with actor Ernest Borgnine to John Carpenter's work with Donald Pleasance in the original "Halloween". He states that Borgnine was the first "big name actor" he had worked with and was at first intimadated by the actor.
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Final film and television credit of actress Maren Jensen.
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Maren Jensen used a body double for her nude scenes.
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Sharon Stone had an acting coach present on the set throughout the shooting of this film.
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'Sharon Stone (I)''s first big speaking role in a theatrical feature.
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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).
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The idea for the snake in the bathtub came to Wes Craven in a dream.
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The paintings were done by a woman who usually did medical paintings.
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The name of the fictitious rural religious sect living in a farming community in Pennsylvania were the "Hittites". The religious group were allegedly based on the Amish Community who would find popular cinema fame about four years later with their central inclusion in the major motion picture Witness (1985). It is stated at one point in Deadly Blessing (1981) that the Hittites "make the Amish look like swingers".
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The name the religious cult the Hittites had for an evil demon figure or demonic presence was "Incubus". A horror movie actually called The Incubus (1982) was first released the following year after Deadly Blessing (1981) debuted in cinemas.
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The name of the isolated rural farm where the farmers and Hittites lived and worked was "Our Blessing".
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Ernest Borgnine had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for a head injury following a mishap involving a horse and buggy. Moreover, Borgnine returned to the set to continue acting in the film three days later.
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Susan Buckner was pregnant when she acted in this film.
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Co-screenwriter Glenn M. Benest came up with the idea for the strict Hittite religious sect after reading an article on the Amish in National Geographic.
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One of six movie music scores composed by James Horner from films first released in 1981. Two of the others from 1981 were also for horror pictures, they being Wolfen (1981) and The Hand (1981).
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The closing credits at the end of the film begin before the narrator's epilogue dialogue is completed.
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After "Summer of Fear" was a success on TV, the film's producer Max Keller insisted Wes Craven direct "Deadly Blessing".
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According to website 'DVD Verdict', director Wes Craven "...was born into a strict Baptist household and attended conservative Christian Wheaton College" with this movie "clearly rooted in Craven's own religious upbringing".
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First of two cinema movies with the word "deadly" in the title for director Wes Craven who around five years later would direct Deadly Friend (1986).
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The tombstones in the cemetery were made out of Styrofoam.
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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).
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Susan Buckner and Douglas Barr were both in the same TV series, When the Whistle Blows (1980), before going on to this film.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The ending with the incubus coming up out of the floor was imposed on Wes Craven by the producers.
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