We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
A gruesome secret, protected for generations, rises to give its...
This film is set in Amish Country, at a local farm, where a woman's husband is mysteriously killed by his own tractor!
"You find (that shoe). And remember the wages of sin!"
Such a great movie. From a young, eager Wes Craven (before Elm Street), a young, eager Sharon Stone (before Basic Instinct), it's got everything you could want; people hating on the band Incubus (or something to that effect), crazy Hittities that "make the Amish look like swingers", spiders and snakes, an absolutely batshit crazy Ernest Borgnine, and Michael Berryman running around like a loon.
Seriously though, it's really good. Just a classic pitch perfect horror film, set in the mysterious countryside full of religious zealots. What could possibly be scarier? I love that Wes always casts women, and they play a crucial role in this one as well. Other than…
"Deadly Blessing" proves that, even before "A Nightmare on Elm Street," Wes Craven was not interested in making typical slasher films. Though "Deadly Blessing" borrows tropes from the slasher subgenre, Craven deftly mixes them into an original story that earns it thrills from more than just a villain with a knife.
The story follows the tension between the pious Hitites and a woman who was married to man who left the sect. Bad things then begin to happen to both sides. The narrrative progresses from straightforward to twisty and is appealingly compelling. There is enough mid-western American atmosphere to flavor things, and the film is measured in its pacing. Interestingly, some dream imagery and a recognizable bathtub sequence show Craven building the foundation for Elm Street.
"Deadly Blessing" is far from perfect: a hammy Ernest Borgnine and some questionable effects shots mar the film to some degree. It is, however, an effective, sometimes unsettling horror film.
The October Ordeal 2012 day #14a: Deadly Blessing
Wes Craven, despite being four decades into his career, is still without anything resembling a definable style. Deadly Blessing signals his career second-act entrance into mainstream cinema, it being mostly bloodless and aesthetically close to a soapy TV-movie. Deadly Blessing exploits both the rural panic of Deliverance and the religious horror of The Exorcist, within the framework of a slasher. Its reference points seem dated by 1981, a few years out of the decade of Avon Gothics and movies-of-the-week like Dark Secret of Harvest Home and Crowhaven Farm.
Like Dark Secret, Deadly Blessing suggests supernatural evil through domestic surrealism and close-knit religious community, here represented by the "Hittites", a kind of Mennonite…
For almost the entire running-time, the story plays much more like a thriller than a horror picture. It's only in the last fifteen minutes that things get all monstrous, ghostly & devilish. Not Craven's most cohesive tale, but interesting if for no other reason than to see the young director honing his craft which would later serve himself and the genre at large to such great extent.
Atmospheric but completely mad Wes Craven chiller from the early 1980s. It makes little sense and plods along for most of the time but there are some creepy moments and Ernest Borgnine steals every scene he's in.
yeah, so this is just about a masterpiece. early Wes Craven scarefest in a rural PA Hittite setting, hot as hell college-age Sharon Stone, that awesome tall bald dude, a cartoonishly fierce cult leader, spiders, snakes, and that random actor that played Clark Kent in the original Superman movie...who, after seeing him in this, was clearly wearing a wig or some shit in Superman.
Extra half a star for the complete and total shift in tone during the last 60 seconds of the movie. Completely unexpected ending!
although it was entertaining to see the genesis of the "girl in the bathtub camera angle between her legs" shot that he used to much better effect in Nightmare
Borgnine's beard was also entertaining
A fun little atmosphere filled horror flick from Wes Craven that I never knew about for some reason. Fun stuff like I said and I liked all the leading ladies. The ending, regardless of studio input, made me go WTF... haha. Not perfect, but has just the right amount of tension and cheese to make it a fun 80s horror film worth seeking out. An honest and much deserved 3.5/5. Again, not the best, but damn good, and rewatchable. Only big downside, is it takes a bit to get into, and trust me, I have huge movie patience.
I have seen this at least three times before-I always forget about Sharon Stone-but I always confuse this with the 1982 movie The Incubus with Cassavetes whenever I have actually look for it. This is the first time I watched it trying to avoid working on a presentation and I had no idea what it was until the credits started rolling. I cannot believe that they got Ernest Borgnine for this! Over all, nothing much to mention, but there are parts, like shooting the paint can, that are worth it!
A playful nod to Wes Craven's own Summer of Fear makes sense as Deadly Blessing treads in similarly bonkers territory. The plot is off the rails and rolling as soon as the opening credits finish and gets wilder by the moment. It helps tremendously that Maren Jensen is a grounded leading lady, while everyone else around her is completely uncontrolled.
Ernest Borgnine plays to the last seat in the house, as the head of a religious group that make "the Amish seem like swingers," and deservingly earned a Razzie nomination. A robotic Sharon Stone makes her laughable screen debut. They're all upstaged in the WTF department by the ending.
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