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This film is set in Amish Country, at a local farm, where a woman's husband is mysteriously killed by his own tractor!
A Stench In The Nostrils of God
'Deadly Blessing' is almost like a Wyeth painting with some detail or surface feature or embroidered aspect of such glaring off-keyness that it creates a surpassing sense of a horror so deep and vast that an entire culture was woven around and by it, or like if a Malick film tripped and hit its head on a rock in a field, blood streaming in its eyes having gone blind and mad with damage. The more I think about and watch 'Deadly Blessing' the more it becomes clear that this is maybe the key movie in Wes Craven's filmography, tying together thematically, narratively, and visually 'Last House on the Left', 'The Hills Have Eyes',…
An early offering from good old Wes Craven. He directed this sometime between The Hills Have Eyes and Swamp Thing, so that might be the reason it fell into obscurity or maybe it's because it also received horrid reviews. No matter, I thought this was GREAT.
The lead in the film is none other then Athena from Battlestar Galactica, Maren Jensen. I know that has no barring on anything but I loved her on that series and she's only been in a couple of TV series and one or two films before retiring from acting. In fact this is her last film and she's actually quite good in it.
She plays Martha Schmidt alongside her husband…
Deadly Blessing is a head-scratching oddity from Wes Craven. It's a bit shit, but I kind of liked it. It plays out, for the most part, as a bleak thriller-drama centring on a pack of aggressive Hittites (basically Amish people on steroids) and a widow (Maren Jensen) who has just lost her husband, an ex-Hittite, in a suspicious accident. Cue mysterious murders, snakes in bathtubs, and lots of shouts of "INCUBUS!"
Deadly Blessing chugs along at an enjoyable and leisurely pace. There's little in the way of death and violence, but there's the occasional intense moment of terror, usually involving a thoroughly traumatised and very young Sharon Stone. The film features a nightmare sequence that is among the most upsetting…
This is just an anti-Hittite propaganda film. The Hittites are good people who want to be left alone in an incubus free community but they keep getting that heathen stench up in their nostrils.
Ernest Borgnine is great dressed up in his fake Amish outfit and it's cool that the main characters in this are almost all women but I thought it was pretty dull. It's got some cool dialogue and a few well shot sequences like the one on the poster but the film is slow paced and not very exciting.
"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.
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Hopp-Tober 2.0 #15
What a strange film this ended up being. I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I knew what was going to happen and if it turned out the way I thought it would, Deadly Blessings would have been a much better film than it was.
So much was crammed into the last 20 minutes of the film, I still don't know what happened.
There is good reason why Deadly Blessings has slipped by the way side over the years considering it's a Wes Craven film starring legendary actor Ernest Borgnine and a fresh faced Sharon Stone. It's an interesting and intriguing film about an Amish family, a young couple, their neighbours and INCUBUS!
It's just disappointing.
Hooptober 2016 Film #25
It's kind of a cool movie with the feel of a made for TV Lifetime movie if the Lifetime channel was available in the 80s.
Wes Craven tried. You can tell he was trying to envision many of the ideas that would show up in many of his later movies.
There are a couple of weird twists towards the end that somewhat work. If you pass on this movie, it may not be anything special that you’re missing out on unless you’re on your way to becoming a Wes Craven connoisseur.
I just didn't know what was going on.
The ending is kinda a misfire but i really enjoy the creepy vibe. Not one of Wes's best but definitely not one of his worst somewhere in the middle of his filmography.
***Halloween 2016 // Film #7***
Falling in a kind of transitional period for director Wes Craven, between his early hard-R classics (Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes) and the advent of his Nightmare on Elm Street run, Deadly Blessing is long on ideas and texture, but really really short on their realization.
Essentially the tale of Martha Schmidt (Maren Jensen) the wife of a former member of a Quaker-like sect called The Hitites who, after leaving the fold, dies under suspicious circumstances. Martha's city friends, including Sharon Stone in her feature film debut, come out to console her but, predictably, only manage to stir up animosity with the Hitite neighbours.
There's a lot... a LOT... of set…
This movie is batshit crazy. It has two endings, and the two endings are both batshit crazy. But it has a young, gorgeous Sharon Stone, spiders, snakes, crazy Hettites, an Omen ripoff score, Michael Berryman and Ernest Borgnine (might I add, both batshit crazy), and I love it. I think this was Wes Craven's critique on the horrors of devout religions, especially as he grew up in a religious family and wasn't allowed to watch a movie until he was in college.
James Horner's score and Sharon Stone's entire being contribute to make this one great 80s horror. One of Craven's most underrated features.
craven crap! craven crud!
As much as I love Wes, this is basically a snoozefest.
Ernest Borgnine and a super hot/young Sharon Stone are wasted on this spooky "we're not Amish" slasher.
It could have been that I was just literally tired, but when I care more about the world building and production design than the kills/characters there's probably something wrong with the script.
Don't get me started on the way it ends..
At least Witness has a cute kitten and killer corn.
Famous nowadays for a scene in which a young Sharon Stone has a spider dropped into her mouth, Deadly Blessing, Wes Craven's 1981 film, is one of the director's more marginalized films, unfairly so as it remains a fascinating work for a number of reasons.
The film set in the pastoral farmlands of Ohio begins with a murder. A farmer is killed in mysterious circumstances when he's crushed under the wheels of one of his machines. It appears to be the work of an Hamish-like fundamentalist religious sect, who shun the sinful conveniences of modern life, and preach a sermon of fire and brimstone. And now it seems the killer has turned his attention on the farmer's widow...