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Rated R · 102 minutes · 1982

Horror

Deadly Blessing, a disappointing effort from famed horror-film director Wes Craven, tells the story of a woman's fight against a religious cult which will not stop at murder. Martha (Maren Jensen) lives alone near a conservative, repressive religious cult led by Isaiah (Ernest Borgnine). Martha's husband was murdered under mysterious circumstances after he left the cult. Martha and her two visiting friends Vicky (Susan Buckner) and Lana (Sharon Stone) find themselves being pressured to live in the area and they begin having nightmares and accidents. Soon more murders begin, and the woman fear for their lives. Craven gets good performances from his cast and bases his plot on the interesting premise of persecution and retribution, but the unsatisfying and implausible ending ruins what suspense he has built. While on the whole, the film is a failure, it has outstanding cinematography by Robert Jessup and a beautiful score composed by James Horner.~ Linda Rasmussen, All Movie Guide

Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Glenn M. Benest and Matthew Barr
Producer: Matthew Barr and Glenn M. Benest
Cast: Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Jeff East and Colleen Riley

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