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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: George Baxt, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson
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On DVD: Dec 5, 2000


as Tansy Taylor

as Norman Taylor

as Harvey Sawtelle

as Prof. Lindsay Carr

as Evelyn Sawtelle

as Harold Gunnison

as Hilda Gunnison

as Margaret Abbott

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


Overall I found this film watchable, though it never fully blew my skirt up, y'know? The idea of a wife secretly protecting she and her husband with witchcraft is entertaining, but a lot of the set-ups for calamity left me wanting more, so perhaps my expectations are what let me down with this one.


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