Deadly Blessing 1981 ***


A pre-Scream Wes Craven makes good on the promise of his 1970’s horror films with this stylish and original thriller set in a Hittite community. Battlestar Galactica actress Maren Jenson is Martha, the widow who the Hittites believe is not only responsible for the death of her husband, but also for harboring some kind of demonic force. Grease star Susan Bruckner and a young Sharon Stone hole up with Martha while Ernest Borgnine and Craven regular Michael Berryman lay siege to the property. Odd sequences featuring snakes and spiders add to the atmosphere; Deadly Blessing is one of Craven’s best, and most under-seen genre entries.


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