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Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! ) (1962)

Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! )




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Night of the Eagle was the second film version of Fritz Leiber Jr.'s Conjure Wife (the first was Weird Woman, perhaps the best of Universal's low-budget "Inner Sanctum" series of the 1940s). The film's title was possibly meant to invoke memories of the earlier Night of the Demon (58); both films involve a rational scientist (in the case of Night of the Eagle, Peter Wyngarde) forced to accept the existence of the supernatural. All evidence points to the conclusion that the scientist's American wife Janet Blair is the reincarnation of a witch, and a practitioner of voodoo. The actual villain is supposed to be a mystery, though the identity was made clear in the Leiber original and in both other film versions of Conjure Wife (there was a 1980 parody version titled Witches Brew). The supernatural aspect of Night of the Eagle is convincingly handled, including a knockout sequence with a wild eagle rampaging through the scientist's tranquil study. Adapted by Twilight Zone stalwarts Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont, the British-made Night of the Eagle was released in the US as Burn, Witch, Burn. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: George Baxt, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 5, 2000


Janet Blair
as Tansy Taylor
Peter Wyngarde
as Norman Taylor
Anthony Nicholls
as Harvey Sawtelle
Colin Gordon
as Prof. Lindsay Carr
Kathleen Byron
as Evelyn Sawtelle
Reginald Beckwith
as Harold Gunnison
Jessica Dunning
as Hilda Gunnison
Judith Stott
as Margaret Abbott
Bill Mitchell
as Fred Jennings
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Critic Reviews for Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! )

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Atmospheric and underplayed in the tradition of Val Lewton.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sidney Hayers shoots the whole thing with an almost Wellesian flourish, and the script (by Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson) is structured with incredible tightness.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The majority of Sidney Hayers' career would be spent as a journeyman director for American television -- his countless credits include Galactica 1980 and Acapulco H.E.A.T. -- but he provides the right measure of sustained menace for this impressive film.

Full Review… | September 12, 2015
Creative Loafing

An odd, stylish, and completely absorbing witchcraft-in-the-suburbs oddity that puts hexes into the hands of academics and university wives.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011

For protection, American threater-goers were given a special pack of salt and words to an ancient incantation during the showing of this oddball, scary tale.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Probably the finest hour-and-a-half of director Sidney Hayers' long and generally undistinguished career.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! )


An admirable rendition of Fritz Leiber's 1943 novel, Conjure Wife. Tangibly atmospheric and delightfully spooky.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


an underseen 60s thriller from britain with terrific atmosphere and intelligent script. like 'night of the demon,' which the title is apparently meant to recall, the film involves a skeptical scientist's confrontation with supernatural powers... in this case, in the shape of his own wife. great use of minimal special effects in the rampaging eagle scene

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

We ask you to enjoy Burn, Witch, Burn.

I college professor discovers his wife is practicing witchcraft and he forces her to quit the trade and destroy her witch artifacts. What the professor doesn't know is her colleagues see this as a chance to destroy her and him. When the witches attack the professor and his wife, he starts taking the situation a little more seriously.

"Do you believe?"

Sidney Hayers, director of Circus of Horrors, The Trap, Finders Keepers, Deadly Strangers, In the Devil's Garden, and The Seekers, delivers Burn, Witch, Burn. The storyline for this picture is awesome and reminded me of a Vincent Price film from this era. The action scenes were very interesting and unique to the genre and the acting was very good. The cast includes Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Kathleen Byron, and Colin Gordon.

"Just a silly woman setting fire to some cards."

I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) last Halloween and actually liked this more than I have any other witchcraft pictures (not my favorite plot within the horror genre). The premise was actually very good and the execution was even better (loved the eagle). Overall, I'd give this film a shot and definitely recommend this to fans of classic horrors.

"I shall die in your place."

Grade: B

Kevin Robbins

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