Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! ) (1962)
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as Tansy Taylor
as Flora Carr
as Norman Taylor
as Lindsay Carr
as Harvey Sawtelle
as Evelyn Sawtelle
as Harold Gunnison
as Hilda Gunnison
as Margaret Abbott
as Fred Jennings
Critic Reviews for Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! )
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.
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.
An odd, stylish, and completely absorbing witchcraft-in-the-suburbs oddity that puts hexes into the hands of academics and university wives.
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.
Audience Reviews for Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! )
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
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. Rental?
An admirable rendition of Fritz Leiber's 1943 novel, Conjure Wife. Tangibly atmospheric and delightfully spooky.
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