Burnt Offerings

1976

Burnt Offerings

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40%

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Total Count: 10

42%

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Movie Info

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.

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

  • Nov 23, 2012
    A very weak and pretty boring 70s horror movie that tries to be atmospheric but doesn't do a good job at it. Burnt Offerings isn't worth a second glance, and there are tons of great 70s haunted house movies that are far superior to it.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2009
    Scary from start to finish even though I figured out the ending before it happened
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2009
    Just due to the horrifying and creepy ending, this should be considered a horror classic!
    Jim W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2009
    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 Super Reviewer

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