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Burnt Offerings (1976)

PG  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  18 October 1976 (USA)
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Haunted house chiller from Dan Curtis has Oliver Reed and Karen Black as summer caretakers moving into gothic house with their young son. The catch? The house rejuvenates a part of itself ... See full summary »

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Haunted house chiller from Dan Curtis has Oliver Reed and Karen Black as summer caretakers moving into gothic house with their young son. The catch? The house rejuvenates a part of itself with each death that occurs on its premises. Written by Humberto Amador

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Up the ancient stairs, behind the locked door, something lives, something evil, from which no one has ever returned. [UK] See more »

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Pesadilla diab√≥lica  »

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In the commentary with director Dan Curtis, he says that he actually read the novel 'Burnt Offerings' years before he got the offer to direct this film. Curtis said that he hated the open-ended conclusion of the novel and, at the time, thought to himself that he would pity anyone who would attempt to make it into a movie. Ironically, years later, the offer to direct the movie version of the novel came to him, and the first thing he did was write an ending that he liked - the one featured in the film. See more »

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When Marian saves Davey from drowning towards the end of the film, she pulls him out of the water and her hair is soaking wet. Moments later, it almost dry & is scraggly. See more »

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Marian Rolf: I've been waiting for you, Ben!
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Understated and scary -- underrated unjustly
10 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie does not play into the pea-soup vomit game started by "The Exorcist." The chills here are subtle, the effect being cumulative over the sum of the movie as the awful truth is revealed too late. People who think "Carnival of Souls" was cheap and corny will also condemn this pic. But the chauffeur in this movie, a truly frightening presence, has a lineage directly to the earlier film.

Low production values do mar the movie, but if you are disposed toward quiet creepy shudders, give "Burnt Offerings" a look.


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