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Friday, September 4, 2015

Deadly Blessing (1981)

Wes Craven takes on the subject of a conservative religious sect in the thriller Deadly Blessing.  The story is about a group of Hittites [similar to the Amish] who believe that a neighboring house is possessed by an incubus.  It also happens to be the house of an ex-communicated Hittite who married a city girl, an outsider.  Naturally strange things start to happen including visions and mysterious murders.  Who is behind these evil deeds?  Well you'll just have to watch the movie to find out!
I am generally a big fan of Wes Craven but was a little underwhelmed by this one.  Craven's previous films included the groundbreaking and utterly terrifying Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes.  Viewers would naturally expect more of the same.  However, Craven takes a bit of a breather with Deadly Blessing but this is not necessarily a bad thing.  It's just unexpected.
Craven's direction is very good in Deadly Blessing and he captures nice performances from the entire cast, which includes Ernest Borgnine as the leader of the sect, Sharon Stone, and Michael Berryman [The Hills Have Eyes].  I'm a big fan of Berryman and he really shines as the "he's not quite right" Hittite, William.  
The big weakness of Deadly Blessing is the ending which is completely unforgivable.  It's cheesy and totally unnecessary.  If it was meant to be frightening, it's a dismal failure.  With a different ending, this film would have been much better.  
So, if you're a Craven fan like me you might feel a little let down by Deadly Blessing.  However, it's still a decent movie that has many more hits than misses.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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