Burnt Offerings

1976

Burnt Offerings

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33%

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Reviews Counted: 9

41%
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41%
Average Rating: 3.1/5

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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.

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Cast

Karen Black
as Marian Rolf
Oliver Reed
as Ben Rolf
Bette Davis
as Aunt Elizabeth
Burgess Meredith
as Arnold Allardyce
Joseph Riley
as Ben's Father
Eileen Heckart
as Roz Allardyce
Lee H. Montgomery
as David "Davey" Rolf
Dub Taylor
as Walker
Anthony James
as Chauffeur
Orin Cannon
as Minister
Todd Turquand
as Young Ben
Jim Myers
as Dr. Ross
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Critic Reviews for Burnt Offerings

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Audience Reviews for Burnt Offerings

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.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

This movie is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Truly horrendous...

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Saw this AGES ago, and have only vague memories, so 3 stars is giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Steve B.
Steve B.

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