Burnt Offerings (1976)
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Dan Curtis, director of TV's Dark Shadows series, directed this eerie haunted-house thriller about a house which draws energy from its inhabitants and selects its own "keeper" from the family of Ben and Marian Rolf (Oliver Reed & Karen Black), who rent the strangely-affordable house one fateful summer then find themselves slowly succumbing to its creepy powers. The photography is suitably moody, and many of the standard haunted-house cliches are used to decent effect -- particularly a violent scene in which the surrounding woods form a barrier to prevent the family station wagon from escaping the area -- but the pace is too leisurely overall, climaxing with the type of grim ending employed by nearly every mainstream horror film in the late 70's. Black's spooky looks are used to maximum effect, but are never quite as chilling as the final shot of Curtis's TV movie Trilogy of Terror from the previous year. … More
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as Arnold Allardyce
as Ben's Father
as Roz Allardyce
as David 'Davey' Rolf
as Dr. Ross
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Critic Reviews for Burnt Offerings
One of those all-too-familiar movie rendezvous through the doldrums of horror mediocrity.
Audience Reviews for Burnt Offerings
Like a cousin of "The Shining", this movie has the Rolf family taking care of an old house for the summer. This movie creeped me out, with the old lady we never see shut up in the attic, dreams of a wicked funeral hearse driver, unscheduled home renovations, a father trying to drown his son in the pool, and that final heart-stopping conclusion. They did it good and scary in this one. Oliver Reed, Karen Black and Bette Davis and Lee Montgomery play their roles of a family living in madness and fear wonderfully. The whole gardening theme was unique. I liked the photo collection upstairs. There's no real devil or ghosts involved; it's quite unnamable, which makes it scarier for some reason.
This felt like a "made for tv" movie, with the exception of the last five minutes of the film (which almost made up for the prior 115 minutes).
Staring Karen Black as: Karen Black
Oliver Reed as: Oliver Reed
and Bette Davis as: Bette Davis
No REAL surprises here (with the exception of the last five minutes).
Not horrible...just kind of slow.
I started to watch Burnt Offerings on TV, but it takes such a long time to come to the point, I left it going in the next room and came to the computer for my entertainment.
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