I caught Deadly Blessing when I was kid. I didn't enjoy it all that much and quite honestly I'm still not a huge fan. Ernest Borgnine may be the one gleaming beacon in the entire movie though I would hardly call this his best performance. This roles is a caricature of a character that Borgnine should play well if it were a more serious role. Wes Craven is at the helm, pre Nightmare on Elm Street but after some of the greatest shock flicks of the 1970's we can hardly call Deadly Blessing comparatively crass. What we get from this 1981 release is a gruesome look at the seedy underbelly of the Hittites, a religious group even more conservative than the Amish. Well, maybe less gruesome and more eerie. Maybe less eerie and simply disturbing would be a better way to phrase it. Maybe not even disturbing... mysterious?
Scream Factory put this one out for fans of the movie providing a nice assortment of special features and even the option to purchase with a special edition poster limited to only 500. It's an excellent transfer. It's got some very distinctive new cover art from Nathan Thomas Milliner. While I love Milliner's work I almost appreciate the original boobies up front cover... purely for the supple aesthetic of course. The Blu-ray includes:
Audio commentary by director Wes Craven
Interview with actress Susan Buckner and Writers Glen M. Benest and Matthew Barr
Theatrical trailer- See more at: http://www.shoutfactory.com/?q=node/216286#sthash.6f7wogSK.dpuf
There are plenty of great reasons to put this one in your collection.
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