COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Scream Factory’s Deadly Blessing Review
Courtesy of Shout Factory
Last month out of the blue I received a review copy of Shout Factory/Scream Factory’s latest collector’s edition on Blue-ray.
For the first time “Deadly Blessing” has been released on Blu-ray and it looks great and the disc is filled with a bunch of special features.
I saw “Deadly Blessing” many years ago and I really liked it a lot. I thought the story was pretty creepy and it was directed by Wes Craven who also directed a number of very popular horror films including “The Hills Have Eyes,” “Last House on the Left,” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
“Deadly Blessing” is about a farmer who left his Hittite family to marry a woman who was not a member of the Hittite community. The Hittite are very similar to the Amish and have an even stricter way of life. The farmer and his wife buy a farm next to the Hittite community and the farm is also located by the church he once attended.
The farmer dies in a mysterious accident. After the funeral three friends come and visit the wife. Strange things start to happen and you don’t know who or what is behind them. The Hittite’s say the “Incubus” which is a demon, is causing all of the strange events. Has the Incubus been awakened? You’ll just have to watch “Deadly Blessing” to find out.
I really liked the story a lot, because I felt it was creepy and original. “Deadly Blessing” was released in 1981 and was written by Glenn Benest and Mathhew Barr. It was directed by Wes Craven and stars Sharon Stone, Jeff East, Lisa Hartman, Michael Berryman and Ernest Borgnine.
I met Michael Berryman a few years ago at Crypticon and he was such a nice guy. He usually plays a very creepy and violent person in the movies he has been in, but after talking to Michael for five minutes you feel like you’ve known him for years. He is very easy to talk to and has a lot of amazing stories from the films he has been in like “The Hills Have Eyes” and “The Devil’s Rejects.”
The video quality of “Deadly Blessing” was amazing. It was sharp and looked just like you were watching it in the theater. It is presented in Widescreen (1.78:1)/DTS-HD Master.
One thing that I would like to mention and I don’t know if I have before, but every one of the Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition movies have an amazing menu.
The menus usually contain a series of clips from the film and I really like to see what clips the editor decided to use. Who ever created the menus did an amazing job.
I really didn’t know that much about “Deadly Blessing” so I was really excited to watch all of the never before seen special features. I know horror fans will be very happy and entertained with them. On the DVD/Blu-ray the special features are:
All- new audio commentary with Wes Craven
“Say Your Prayers!” - All new interview with actor Michael Berryman
“Secrets Revealed” – All new interview with actress Susan Buckner
“So It was Written” – A look at the films screenplay with writers Glen Benest
and Matthew Barr
“Rise of the Incubus” - All new interview with creature designer John Naulin
- Original Theatrical Trailer, TV and Radio spots, and a photo gallery
I really enjoyed these special features a lot and I learned a ton of information about and what it took to make “Deadly Blessing.” The audio commentary with Wes Craven was great to listen to and his stories were very entertaining. All of the new interviews were also great and fun to watch.
Overall I really enjoyed Shout Factory/Scream Factory’s “Deadly Blessing” Blu-ray DVD. The movie has a great story, it’s new and original. The actors and actresses did a great job with their roles. The movie looked amazing and the special features blew me away. If you are a horror fan you have to get this film on either Blu-ray or DVD.
For more information on Shout Factory go to www.shoutfactory.com
Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.