Compromised by studio interference; its heroines styled & posed like lingerie models; its ending, laden with special effects & supernatural threat, at odds with the film's sombre, more psychological tone. But it still works. The characters are appealing; the set-pieces tense & inventive. Craven makes good use of his isolated setting & there's a strong narrative through-line about outsiders; people shamed & displaced.
Rather schlocky in conceit and often dull, Deadly Blessing is saved by the genre-savvy cast that often brings a sense of credence to their hammy, melodramatic characters. Never quite gets into a fever pitch or becomes intriguing, as it often feels like a TV film in its low flair approach, yet is worth a watch for this adequate emotional core. The final 20 minutes is action-packed, but doesn't gel together storywise.