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on 18 September 2017
'Deadly Blessing' is about a small family who live on a farm and start feeling threatened by something or someone. They start seeing visions and realise that people who live near them are being killed. This is quite an enjoyable but still only very average 1981 Wes Craven film. The characters are all very likable and it was nice to see an early Sharon Stone who gave a great performance. The setting also looked chilly and captivating along with some nice original scenes (snake in the bathtub etc.). But I did think the script was very weak, it was not scary in the slightest and it seemed to be never ending. There was a good twist (or should I say twists) at the end, but it left me thinking what was all that about before suddenly ending. Also the music score was quite irritating at some points too as it sounded like church music. Overall, I still enjoyed this film but it is quite weak in many ways.
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on 26 June 2011
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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on 13 August 2013
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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on 28 January 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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 June 2015
A fine transfer of an enjoyable Wes Craven horror movie which would have been better with Craven's original ending not the sub-Carrie shock ending imposed by the studio. Certainly worth a look!
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on 21 November 2011
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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on 18 October 2014
Considered by many as Wes Craven's low point in his career, the very idea sets expectations so low for a film that is so inoffensive, it's pretty much impossible not to enjoy this on some level. Overall it's entertaining but still pretty bad.
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on 31 October 2016
Deadly Blessing is very much one of the weaker Wes Craven movies, its more of a suspense film rather than a full on horror film, its not scary at all and its full of satanic nonsense and gets really quite slow and boring.
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on 5 May 2012
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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on 22 May 2016
Watchable early Wes Craven film. Nice bit of tension built up in various scenes and good suspense. And a very early Sharon Stone
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