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Burnt Offerings (1976)

 -  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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According to "All His Jazz, The Life and Death of Bob Fosse," by Martin Gottfried (1990; Da Capo Press, 1998), David Begelman of CMA suggested "Burnt Offerings" to Fosse as a project after he completed Sweet Charity (1969), but before it was released. The author of "Burnt Offerings," Robert Marasco, had recently written a successful Broadway thriller, Child's Play." Fosse worked on a script and "spent three months preparing (it), working out a budget and scouting locations with designer Tony Walton, but the project ultimately fizzled." It was to be produced by Lawrence Turman, who had produced The Graduate (1967), but Fosse's friend, director Stanley Donen, thought it was a bad idea. "Don't do it!" he pleaded. "It's no damned good. Why are you doing it?" See more »

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28 October 2007 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

Well made little horror film. Nothing earth shattering or outstanding but quite effective in some spots and original. What's really remarkable about BURNT OFFERINGS is how much it looks like THE SHINING. Stephen King admits that he was inspired by the Robert Marasco novel (and definitely the movie) when he wrote The Shining and it's quite obvious. It's an almost exact copy. A couple with one kid rent a big mansion for the summer. They bring along the husband's aunt and the 4 start experiencing changes in character. The husband is violent towards the boy. The mother is angry towards the aunt, etc. Everyone starts changing after staying at the house for a while. The house itself is seemingly alive and it takes over the family. The last shot in BURNT OFFERINGS, the one with the photos, is identical to the one in Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING. Truly shocking. Did the author of the novel sue? Anyway, the movie is a creepy little movie in some parts and somewhat dull in other parts. Watching Bette Davis dying was, eh, a bit unsettling. She really looked like she was dying, the poor old woman. Good but not great. I really love the idea of the house "shedding" its skin. If you've seen THE SHINING and not this film, watch it, you'll be more shock about the similarities than the movie itself.


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