Burnt Offerings (1976)

Burnt Offerings


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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Marasco, William F. Nolan, Dan Curtis
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On DVD: Aug 26, 2003



as Marian Rolf

as Ben Rolf

as Aunt Elizabeth

as Arnold Allardyce

as Ben's Father

as Roz Allardyce

as David 'Davey' Rolf

as Walker

as Chauffeur

as Minister

as Dr. Ross

as Young Ben
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Critic Reviews for Burnt Offerings

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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One of those all-too-familiar movie rendezvous through the doldrums of horror mediocrity.

Full Review… | October 12, 2014

Plodding, campy haunted-house chiller.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
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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

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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

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One of the better "haunted house" movies even though it's still a bit long and not as scary as it could be.
It's no surprise to learn that Stephen King rates Robert Marasco's novel (which this is based on) quite highly as it certainly seems to have influenced "The Shining" and "Rose Red".
The acting is just what you'd expect from Karen Black and Oliver Reed but don't let that put you off as the spookiness of the house almost makes up for it.
Apart from a very telegraphed but still shocking ending the only thing which really lets this down is that it seems to suffer from excessive padding. It could have been done in half the time really.

Dr Blood  

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