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Burnt Offerings (1976)

A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants.

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Arnold Allardyce
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Roz Allardyce
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David Rolf (as Lee H. Montgomery)
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Todd Turquand ...
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Orin Cannon ...
Minister
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Ben and Marian Rolf rent a grand old country mansion as a summer getaway for themselves, their twelve year old son Davey, and Ben's Aunt Elizabeth. They feel they can't turn down the rent deal offered to them by the house's owners, siblings Roz and Arnold Allardyce, despite some reservations. First amongst those reservations, they are to take care of the house on their own, which Ben feels is too big a job, especially for Marian and the interior housekeeping. In Marian's words, the large size of the house is a "waste". And second and perhaps more important amongst those reservations, the Allardyces' aged mother will be staying in her room at the house, the Rolfs who are to provide a tray of food left outside her room three times a day, which Marian vows to take care of on her own, with no other members of the family to go into that isolated wing of the house so as not to disturb Mrs. Allardyce's peace. Upon their arrival at the house for the first day of their stay, they find a note ... Written by Huggo

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THE FATHER. He knew there was something sinister about the house but he didn't know what it was. THE MOTHER. She was living in the house but she didn't know the house was beginning to live in her. THE LANDLORD. He told them the house would take care of itself. But he didn't tell them it would take care of them too. THE AUNT. She wanted a nice, quiet vacation-but it may be the last one she ever takes. THE LANDLORD'S SISTER. She asked them to take care of her mother but she wouldn't tell them why See more »


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Pesadilla diabólica  »

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According to Dan Curtis, there were no sets built for the film at all It was filmed entirely on location. See more »

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When the hearse driver throws open the bedroom door and pushes a coffin toward the camera, you can see hands come up to stop the coffin so that it doesn't hit the camera. See more »

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Marian Rolf: Alright, you didn't lock it. It locked itself! Now what about the windows?
Aunt Elizabeth: Well, they were open.
Marian Rolf: They were closed when Ben went into that room. Now make sense, Elizabeth!
Aunt Elizabeth: Well, how can I when you keep shouting at me and accusing me of...
Marian Rolf: I'm not accusing you.
Aunt Elizabeth: Where's Ben? Benji will believe me.
Marian Rolf: I believe you, too.
Aunt Elizabeth: No, you don't. It's obvious.
Marian Rolf: We all forget things, Elizabeth. And at your age...
Aunt Elizabeth: I don't forget things! I know what I do.
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Truly Creepy.
18 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie immensely. The creepy score, the precarious atmosphere, and the Erie flashbacks of the chauffeur with that huge grin. It was a great ghost story. Some say a bit slow paced, but It just added to the tension. Ben was played well by Reed. A man with many problems, compounded by this house from hell. And Karen Blacks performance from loving wife and mother, to the caretaker of the "old lady". Betty Davis comes off a bit aloof, but that also work well in the story. And the scene with the house "shedding", very creepy. Now for the ending. One of the best I have ever seen. I would even put it up against the original "Wicker Man".


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