Maren Jensen is married to an ex-Hittite (a fictitious religious sect
that makes the Amish seem like swingers) who has been shunned by his father
for marrying her, going to college, using a tractor, and other horrible
sins. It is clear that the Hittites don't like them being there, and the
sect members talk a lot about "the Succubus" and "his messenger."
Then things get a little weird. When Maren's husband is killed by his tractor, two of her sorority sisters come
to stay with her. Her husband's
brother is also having trouble with the family patriarch, and lusts after one of the
sorority sisters. A retarded Hittite dies in their barn. The body count rises ...
... and then things get really weird.
The film starts strongly, then goes downhill in the third act, with an
ending completely out of left field. Despite the weak conclusion, this has
enough going for it to be of interest to genre fans.
- It was written and directed by Wes Craven, his third film, and
includes a full-length commentary from him on the DVD.
- It stars Maren Jensen of Battlestar Galactica and provides her only
- The supporting cast includes Sharon Stone in her first speaking role.
- Ernest Borgnine went far enough over the top to earn a Razzie
nomination for this role, although I saw nothing wrong in his portrayal of
a religious fanatic. (Borgnine once won the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe
If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to
explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by
our definition, a
C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs
and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:
Not really a good movie, but with
enough curiosity-seeking appeal to make it worth a look.
- Maren Jensen's character shows breasts, bush and buns. The buns are hers
in two scenes, and she also show parts of her breasts from the side as well,
but while wearing bandages over her nipples. A body double shows the actual
nipples and bush.