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Wes Craven's Deadly Blessing on dual format in March

2 March 2013

When Martha marries into a close knit sect she finds herself shunned as an outsider by its fanatical members, but when her husband dies mysteriously while riding a tractor expressly forbidden as a tool of the devil, things take a darker turn. Marked as a incubus by her neighbours, time is running out for Martha and her visiting friends, as plagued by nightmares and fearing for their lives, they face the violent fury and retribution of old time religion.

Wes Craven unearths the darkness that festers beneath an isolated community in the 1981 Deadly Blessing, a rural tale of mistrust and bloody murder from the director of Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. One of our favourite early Wes Craven films is also one of his most rarely seen, despite a cast that includes Ernest Borgnine, Jeff East (young Clark Kent in Richard Donner's Superman), cult favourite Michael Berryman, and the first ever leading role for a young Sharon Stone. And if you don't like spiders, there's a dream sequence here that's give you nightmares for weeks.

Previously released on DVD only, Deadly Blessing will have a dual format UK release (DVD and Blu-ray) on 25th March 2013 from Arrow Films at the RRP of £19.99 (although you can currently pre-order it for £14.99 direct from Arrow here).

The special features are:

  • Audio commentary with Wes Craven

  • Brand new UK-exclusive interview with Wes Craven

  • Introduction by star Michael Berryman

  • Craven Images: The Horror Hits of Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes Series, Cut and Run, Weird Science) – an interview with Deadly Blessing’s iconic star

  • Deadly Desires – an interview with screenwriter Glenn M. Benest

  • Easter Eggs

  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Rue Morgue art director Gary Pullin

  • Collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by author and critic Kim Newman