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Deadly Blessing

Release Date:April 14, 1982
Running time:102 minutes
Cast:Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Jeff East, Colleen Riley
Director:Wes Craven
Producer:Matthew Barr, Glenn M. Benest
Writer:Glenn M. Benest, Matthew Barr
Distributor:United Artists

Description: 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

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