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By Todd Garbarini
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Dan Curtis’ Burnt Offerings (1976) was the first horror film/thriller that I saw. I was twelve years-old and its impact on me was indelible. The rapport between Karen Black, Oliver Reed, and Lee Harcourt Montgomery was plausible enough to make me extremely concerned when all hell broke loose on this “perfect” family, though some have argued that this family was frightening enough without the house!
Aside from the artful cinematic visual style and the film’s methodic and slow build-up, the performances by the three leads and supporting work from Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart, Dub Taylor, Bette Davis, and the unforgettable Anthony James as the chauffer elevate the film higher than similar genre productions. What also helped make Burnt Offerings so memorable was Robert Cobert’s phenomenal score which fits the movie like a glove. For years I searched fruitlessly »
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Review by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com
When most of us think about a solid golden age haunted house movie, we stream "Amityville Horror". Before that, there was "Burnt Offerings" which was released three years before that in 1976. This movie is largely forgotten by many and overshadows by many others in this genre. Also based on a book by Robert Marasco, "Burnt Offerings" gives us chills, fantastic acting, spooky atmosphere and truly scary moments out of any 70's haunted house movies.
The plot of this movie is simple: The Rolf family are caretakers of a fancy old home in the middle of nowhere as a summer home but the catch is the house takes lives to keep itself alive. A simple yet original plot for a movie that is done so well. The acting is superb from all the actors. The low tone music adds a strikingly eerie presence to the movie. »
2 items from 2011
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