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5.0 out of 5 stars "..GREAT 80'S WES CRAVEN MOVIE.."
This is a pretty cool Wes craven horror movie that is long lost since it was made in 1981, this was the fifth movie that he made, the story is pretty cool with lots of bizarre things going on and has a very unexpected ending!! The movie stars a very young and sexy Sharon Stone in her first major film role, she appears in the movies most famous scene where a spider goes in...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eerie thriller but confused ending
This is not a bad effort from Wes Craven, having an eerie and at times claustrophobic atmosphere. It is set in an American country community very akin to the Amish but these people are called the Hittites who, according to one character, "make the Amish look like swingers".

After her husband dies in mysterious circumstances, Martha (Maren Jensen) invites two...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..GREAT 80'S WES CRAVEN MOVIE..", 5 May 2012
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S. Drury "SDX-800" (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This is a pretty cool Wes craven horror movie that is long lost since it was made in 1981, this was the fifth movie that he made, the story is pretty cool with lots of bizarre things going on and has a very unexpected ending!! The movie stars a very young and sexy Sharon Stone in her first major film role, she appears in the movies most famous scene where a spider goes in her mouth!! This is a cool 80's gem worth picking up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eerie thriller but confused ending, 26 Jun 2011
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This is not a bad effort from Wes Craven, having an eerie and at times claustrophobic atmosphere. It is set in an American country community very akin to the Amish but these people are called the Hittites who, according to one character, "make the Amish look like swingers".

After her husband dies in mysterious circumstances, Martha (Maren Jensen) invites two female friends, Vicky and Lana (Susan Buckner and Sharon Stone respectively) to spend some time with her on her isolated farm in the Hittite community. In fact, Jim her now deceased husband was once a member. If there is one thing that the Hittites hate, it is someone who leaves their community and strangers. (OK that's two things), which does not bode well for Martha and her friends. In fact nasty things happen to anyone who transgresses Hittite morality. Could there be more than human nastiness at work as weird and nasty things happen? Leader of the community, Isaiah, a suitably manic looking Ernest Borgnine knows more than he is letting on; and what exactly is the Incubus?

There are some scary moments in this film but also some well-worn cliches. There are the usual things that go bump in the night and also the daft things that people do in this sort of film such as going out alone in a strange place on a dark night when there is a killer on the prowl. The ending throws up a couple of surprises but also leaves the viewer wondering what it was all about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars unusual setting for a horror, 25 April 2013
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Horror films set in the old West are rare, and this early Wes Craven offering has a kind of unique feeling to it, as sophisticated city types clash with the ancient ways of the Hittites, strictly religious folk who don't welcome the unbelievers and strangers to their land.

Those who stray from the good path are consumed by an "incubus" rising from the fields to take the godless away to purgatory.

Lots of thee-ing and thou-ing in the dialogue to suggest an old time world, despite the film being set in 1981, and it is fun to see Ernest Borgnine in such a film - chewing the scenery.

A few interesting touches here and there and only some very minor gore, set this out as a mood piece rather than the average slasher, which is no bad thing. There are a number of odd sub-plots that don't seem to quite fit with the main story flow, and the final appearance of the incubus does seem to sit opposite what the entire rest of the film has tried to set up, but all in all this isn't a bad little film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They'll build a barn from your Bones!!!, 9 Mar 2013
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Thus reads the blurb on the reverse of this splendid ARROW DVD from 2011. Well presented with a notelet about the film and a large poster, also their catalogue and the3 Michael Berryman interview. The picture is excellent, tho I think Sharon Stone still had to master the art of talking (I had to ramp up the sound sometimes when she was whispering - Maybe Wes told her to??). A very worthwhile effort from Arrow. The film is still pretty scary, and has good parts for women - Maren Jensen Susan Buckner and Lois Nettleon and particularly Lisa Hartman all working well. Borgnine of course steals most scenes and is genuinely impressive. I think this is possibly Craven's best horror film even if, as others have said, the ending is confusing and perhaps irrelevant??? I recomend this to all horror/Craven fans, but beware if you have a spider or snake phobia.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Incubus...., 28 Jan 2014
Much like Cravens other film beginning with Deadly, (Deadly Friend), this is a lost gem and should be sought out by all Craven fans.

Although the synopsis doesn't really give much away, the film really sticks it to minority religions, and makes the group almost seem 'children of the corn' like.

Borgnine is stunning as the leader of the group, and although it connotates that it's his doing, the reality is a little more bizarre.

Once the bloke from The Fall Guy gets killed, we are introduced to the main characters of the film. The lead, Sharon Stone, and some other woman, who all have different views and fears.

Although she is secondary in this movie, Stone arguably has the best and most haunting scenes involving spiders and a barn.

It's not a scary movie by any means, and it's a stretch to call it a Horror, but it just has this strange sense of unease throughout the whole movie.

Berryman is just,in the film to pull fans in, and you can understand why Craven hates this ending, as it's just so out of context with the rest of the film.

So for Craven completists, it's a must, and for anyone else, it's a good thriller, with some great lighting, set pieces, but an iffy ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Little Treat from Mr Craven, 13 Aug 2013
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This is a nice atmospheric horror from one of the masters Wes Craven. Shot on a farm and dealing with an isolated community who live like its the 18th century. Though they neighbour a couple who are very much living in the present. There are obvious tensions and spats, but things get darker when the killings begin....

Deadly Blessing meant that Craven got to hook up with the talented Michael Berryman from The Hills Have Eyes. The great Ernest Borgnine stars as the head of the weird community and there is an early starring role for Sharon Stone. Indeed there is a strong female cast here, both villian and hero.

Fans of A Nightmare on Elm Street which would surface 3 years after this film will notice some subtle connections here. Stone's telling of her Krueger like nightmare and the bath scene are obvious similarities.

The acting is pretty solid, though Stone tends to 'overact' her part. It's a strange little film that certaintly does its job.

The climax which I will not reveal is to be fair a little bizarre.

This Arrow edition includes a 30 min retrospective with Berryman which is absolute GOLD with a capital G. I loved it. Berryman comes across as a real likeable person who says it as it is.

A worthwhile purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 20 July 2013
Okay Deadly Blessing may not be Wes Craven's most popular film but that's because it hasn't been watched by that many people. The ending seems to get a lot of flak but Craven himself doesn't like it as it wasn't his vision, but at the time he couldn't do nothing about it.

The film is a slasher film, and is set against a backdrop of an Amish cult led by Ernest Borgnine. Maren Jensen is great in the lead (and easy on the eyes), there's also Sharon Stone at the start of her career.
There are great scenes here and the movie is worth a watch. The Arrow blu-ray is great and comes with reversible cover art, interviews and an audio commentary with the director.

Horror buffs should definitely give it a try
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2 star film, 3 star package, 28 Feb 2013
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One word that would describe this film: Hokum. It really has all the atmosphere of a slightly weird episode of 'Murder, She Wrote' if they had an episode set on a farm. Here we have a none-more-stereotypical Amish type religious community comprised of fire and brimstone men, gals called things like Cindy-Lou or whatever, and the resident local village idiot/freak boy. And some rather incongruous slasher-type murders that only the most ardent of slasher geeks would need to see. It also has Sharon Stone in it so maybe extreme Sharon Stone nerds would need to see it also. It's not scary, and I didn't really know what was going on from the first minute to the last. 2 star stuff.

What elevates this to 3 star material is the bonus extra half hour or so interview with actor Michael Berryman, who most will know as the weird looking guy from the Hills Have Eyes posters. He gives a refreshingly frank account of his career in movies and it was a pleasure to listen to his tales of hollywood ego's running rampant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent film by Wes Craven., 10 Feb 2013
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Horror stalwarts Wes Craven and Michael Berryman have collaborated on a few movies over the years. Sandwiched in between the two original `Hills Have Eyes' movies was Deadly Blessing, Wes Craven's fifth film after the t.v. movie Summer of Fear which was quite good actually if you can find a copy. Revolving around the Hittites, a religiously fanatical farming community who one character describes as making "the Amish look like swingers", Deadly Blessing opens with the murder of the son of the Hittites leader, who had already disappointed his father Isaiah Schmidt (Ernest Borgnine) by leaving the community to live with his wife Martha (Maren Jensen) on a nearby piece of land. As the widow attempts to get over her grief she is heavily hindered by the constant verbal abuse from the Hittites. They blame her for her husband's death and brand her as an Incubus for taking one of their own away from them. However, when two of her female friends (one of them is played by a young and hot Sharon Stone) come down from the city to stay and console her, things take a terrifying turn as the trio become terrorised by an unknown assailant who seems intent of terrifying and killing the women. As fingers are pointed from all sides the females fear for their lives and their sanity, desperate to discover who or what is behind their attacks and confront it before its too late. Crafting a creepy, atmospheric movie full of tension, intrigue and dream-like moments. Wes meshed that with slasher sensibilities, perfectly predicting the career trajectory he would set himself on for the coming years concluding in his two most famous films A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. Incorporating his trademark dream sequences; there is a particularly eerie scenario involving an open mouth and a falling spider, plus some memorable set pieces such as the unwelcome appearance of a snake during bath time. Overall it has some good acting, great country side atmosphere, the direction was great and the score was memorable. Only problem is the bizarre and cheesy ending which was a bit confusing and in my opinion unnecessary, still this movie is worth a look at Wes Craven's earlier work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Craving some Craven? This is ideal!, 21 Nov 2011
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Wes Craven is easily one of the greatest directors in all of horror cinema. Creating such incredible films as THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, SCREAM and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET its easy to forget about his lesser known gems and DEADLY BLESSING is among his best.

DEADLY BLESSING tells the story of an Amish community who are not as harmless as they first appear. The cast is top-notch (with Michael Berryman being my favourite of the bunch) as is the directing. For all you Craven buffs here, you'll be able to spot the many ideas and scenes that would later appear in the infamous A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

Overall, this is easily one of the best Craven films out there and is a must for all horror fans. It's amongst the best of relgious horror films such as THE EXORCIST, THE OMEN and CHILDREN OF THE CORN.
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