Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Snakes in the Hoo-Ha

Deadly Blessing 1981
Director: Wes Craven
Writers: Glenn M. Benest, Matthew Barr and Wes Craven
Starring Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Doug Barr, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Berry man, Lisa Hartman and Susan Buckner

Deadly Blessing is one of the few Craven films I had yet to see, it is very hard to find as it has not had a DVD release here. I have heard mixed things about this film and was curious to see how it played out to me. I really enjoyed it and I think it had some genuinely scary moments like the scene with Sharon Stone in the barn and the bathtub scene. The cast was perfect, especially Borgnine as the leader of the Hittites, Isahia. It was a generally creepy film and was suspenseful. I really did not figure out where the story was going. The ending also reminded me a lot of Drag Me To Hell. This is definitely a must see for Craven fans.
The plot basics are this, we are introduced to Jim (Barr) and Martha (Jensen) a pair of newlyweds that live in a farming community that is shared with a sect of Hittites led by Jim's father, Isahia (Borgnine). Next we meet a young girl painting, Faith (Hartman) who is chased by a young Hittite (Berryman). Jim chases him off but not before he calls Martha a incubus. Later that evening Jim is mysteriously killed in his barn, when his tractor runs him down. Soon, some college friends of Martha come to visit, Vicky (Buckner) and Lana (Stone). Strange things start to happen, where Lana starts having strange dreams dealing with spiders and then she has a strange encounter in the barn, and finds the hanged body of the Hittite stalker. The Hittites blame Martha and soon she is being attacked at all ends, but has no idea who is doing it. This leads to a ending where she is attacked at all corners and ends in a way you will not see coming.
Craven pulls off a truly scary film yet again. His direction was oppressive and felt very claustrophobic at times. The script is very good, and takes you through many twists and turns, and a lot of characters die that you do not expect too. The cast is great, I especially liked Borgnine and Buckner. The film had a few red herrings in the film and that is what makes it so much fun to watch. There is not much SFX in the film, until the ending, and the ending hits you with quite a wallop. The music by James Horner is great too, very reminiscent of the score from Children of the Corn. All in all, this is a good horror film, with a more original plot than most you see nowadays. I highly recommend this one too Craven fans.
This one gets 4 out of 5

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