First Watch – Deadly Blessing by Wes Craven

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Deadly Blessing

A gruesome secret, protected for generations, rises to give its...

19811 h 40 min

This film is set in Amish Country, at a local farm, where a woman's husband is mysteriously killed by his own tractor!

Director Wes Craven
Runtime 1 h 40 min
Release Date 14 August 1981
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Another day another movie.  This time I have selected one a little different.  Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing starring (wait for it) Sharon Stone.

Anytown Indiana,  perhaps?  They don’t tell us where we are exactly, this is just my speculation.  I guess it could also be Pennsylvania or even Ohio.

Meet the Hittites.  They are not Amish.

They make the Amish look like swingers.

So many rave about this film saying it is their favorite from Wes Craven.   I had to find out for myself why a film I have never heard of stands out to so many.

Reason #1- Michael Berryman. You may not know him by name but he is the memorable actor from Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes.   From the very beginning, we are introduced to his character in an unsettling and terrifying way.

Reason #2- Clashing cultures.  A tale told over and over again throughout time that never gets old.

Reason #3- Sharon Stone.   Although she was an unknown actor at the time (this was her first speaking role) we all know who she is now.

Reason #4 –  Bizarre chanting music.  Who doesn’t love creepy chanting?

Reason #5- I haven’t thought of one yet.

This is not a standout movie to me and I will probably never watch it again.

Things to watch for:

Tub scene.  Several shots are identical to Nancy in the tub in Nightmare on Elm Street.  

Without giving away the plot or any spoilers I will leave you with this – If you are a Wes Craven fan or want to see a decent 80s thriller, give it a try.  Nothing about this movie would have me classify it as horror though.


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