Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! ) (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

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




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Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, and George Baxt adapted the Fritz Leiber novel "Conjure Wife" for this exciting and imaginative horror tale about a successful college professor who discovers that his wife has been practicing witchcraft to advance his career. When he destroys her occult paraphernalia in an attempt to make her stop her "foolishness," their lives start going to hell -- literally!

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Janet Blair
as Tansy Taylor
Peter Wyngarde
as Norman Taylor
Colin Gordon
as Lindsay Carr
Anthony Nicholls
as Harvey Sawtelle
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.

December 10, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

September 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

September 9, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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.

December 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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
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
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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