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
Margaret Johnston
as Flora Carr
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
Norman Bird
as Doctor
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 25, 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

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

Full Review… | December 6, 2007
Eye for Film

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

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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?

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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