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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Dr. Ross
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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 perfect summer rental for the last vacation you'll ever take. See more »

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Pesadilla diabólica  »

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Karen Black was four months pregnant during the shoot, and she explains that her belly was concealed with some clever wardrobe tactics (although from certain angles, her "baby bump" is more visible). See more »

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When Ben chases Marian after they both emerge from the pool one night, suddenly Ben's swim trunks are dry. See more »

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Roz Allardyce: God when it comes alive - tell them, Brother. Tell them what it's like in the summer.
Arnold Allardyce: Well they'd never believe it - it's beyond *anything* that you have you *ever* seen in your life.
Roz Allardyce: There are centuries in this room, Mrs. Rolf... there are years, years in this house.
Arnold Allardyce: Oh yes, and this house will be here long, long after you have departed. You'll believe me.
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Ben Confronts Terror
Written, composed and conducted by Robert Cobert
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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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