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Burnt Offerings (1976)

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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

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

One of those all-too-familiar movie rendezvous through the doldrums of horror mediocrity.

Full Review… | October 12, 2014
Cinemaphile.org

Plodding, campy haunted-house chiller.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Haunted house completists should check it out, but don't expect a classic.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Black e Reed oferecem boas performances, o que é um feito admirável em um filme no qual até mesmo Bette Davis parece perdida - e o inspirado ato final quase salva o projeto.

October 30, 2004
Cinema em Cena

One of those comfortable relics that doesn't scare so much as mildly chill.

Full Review… | September 3, 2003
Film Freak Central

Tepid old house thriller marginally redeemed by Reed and Bette Davis.

June 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Burnt Offerings

Like a cousin of "The Shining", this movie has the Rolf family taking care of an old house for the summer. This movie creeped me out, with the old lady we never see shut up in the attic, dreams of a wicked funeral hearse driver, unscheduled home renovations, a father trying to drown his son in the pool, and that final heart-stopping conclusion. They did it good and scary in this one. Oliver Reed, Karen Black and Bette Davis and Lee Montgomery play their roles of a family living in madness and fear wonderfully. The whole gardening theme was unique. I liked the photo collection upstairs. There's no real devil or ghosts involved; it's quite unnamable, which makes it scarier for some reason.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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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

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