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Saturday, October 12, 2013

31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - Deadly Blessing

by Garon Cockrell

Before Wes Craven unleashed Freddy Krueger upon the world he gave us the story of vengeful amish/Mennonites in the super creepy, super shocking, Deadly Blessing.  Ernest Borgnine is worth the price alone.

Deadly Blessing
The Film:
Deadly Blessing isn’t as gory as some of Craven’s other works.  It plays more like a paranoia thriller with horror elements than a straight up horror.  That’s not to say it isn’t scary because it does pack some great scares and genuine creep-outs.  Not to mention the insane ending.

The story, the cast, the directing are all top notch.  I’d never heard of the movie (shameful being as that I’m a big Craven fan) and I was super excited to see it.  My excitement was rewarded as the movie is great and Ernest Borgnine turns in a wonderfully evil performance.

The Disc:
Scream Factory has delivered yet another wonderful transfer.   The picture is really gorgeous.  It sounds great.  The effects look great and it really holds up well.  The country side and settings all really look great with this transfer.

The Features:
  • Audio commentary by director Wes Craven
  • Interview with actress Susan Buckner and Writers Glen M. Benest and Matthew Barr
  • TV spots
  • Theatrical trailer              

The Specs:
  • 1080P High Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)
  • DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Runtime: 100
  • Rated: R

Final Grades:
Story:  A / Super unique and super fun watch.  One of Craven’s best.
Presentation: A / Gorgeous transfer makes Deadly Blessing look brand new.
Scare Factor: A / Super creepy and a jaw dropping ending that is excellent even by today’s standards.
Gore Factor:  B / Light on the gore, but that does not detract from the film in the least.
Repeat view-ability:  A / One of Craven’s best has a great place in anyone’s horror marathon nights. 
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Check out yesterday's Scream Factory review,  The Town that Dreaded Sundown!

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