Year of Release1981
DirectorWes Craven
StarringSharon Stone, Kim Catrell, Michael Berryman, Ernest borgnine

Deadly Blessing, directed in 1981 by a then relatively unknown Wes Craven. Craven’s profile had been risingĀ  after his directorial effort in “The Hills have Eyes” in 1977. This one stars a very young Sharon Stone and as one of the sisters, and Kim Catrell as another. The other two sisters are really good looking too so at least there’s some eye candy as an added bonus. On another note, it’s interesting how many big stars seem to have gotten a leg up in horror films and in particular Wes Craven’s works.


Deadly Blessing revolves around a group of women who find themselves in the unfortunate situation of living in bible belt America surrounded by a backward religious sect known as the “Hittites”.

The Hittites are modeled on the Amish community. They fear God and everything else they deem falling outside his teachings. Nothing really too bad in that I guess if that’s how you feel you want to live your life. One of the flock (the same guy who played the inbred in “The Hills have Eyes / Goonies”) starts taunting (well in this day and age it would be victimizing) the young women on based on a fear they are incubus, sent by the devil to tempt men.

Anyway back to the plot. One excommunicated member of the religious sect dies under a tractor in mysterious circumstances. Then the big slow guy William is knocked off next. The mystery deepens as to who is killing off the locals but of course I won’t go any further than that for fear of ruining the story for you. Rest assured there are some good plot twists that keep the viewer interested for the duration of Deadly Blessing.

This one I would have to say falls closer to the “thriller” territory than straight out horror. Either way I think it’s a great watch. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say its a classic, it’s a great watch. Definitely worth your time if you can get a hold of the film.

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