8. DEADLY BLESSING (1981)

Deadly Blessing is Craven at his most uneven, and we mean that in both positive and negative ways. As a campy ’80s horror oddity, this supernatural pic—about an Amish-like religious sect known as the Hittites and their bizarre practices—is quite entertaining. You’ve got a young and exceptionally hot Sharon Stone tonguing down a giant spider, another pretty lady getting attacked by a snake in a bathtub, and unintentionally hilarious dialogue like, “You are a stench in the nostrils of God!”

Yet none of it congeals enough to form a legitimate narrative. Deadly Blessing wants to be a whodunit mystery, but Craven had too many bizarre ideas while making it and couldn’t restrain himself. In the end, a ridiculous plot twist involving a transvestite and a general lack of cohesion spoil the fun.

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