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A Nice Little Treat from Mr Craven
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.