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Robert Marasco (novel)
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Release Date:
18 October 1976 (USA) See more »
Up the ancient stairs, behind the locked door, something lives, something evil, from which no one has ever returned. [UK] See more »
A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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The Best Dan Curtis Film, Period. See more (131 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Karen Black ... Marian Rolf

Oliver Reed ... Ben Rolf

Burgess Meredith ... Arnold Allardyce

Eileen Heckart ... Roz Allardyce

Lee Montgomery ... David Rolf (as Lee H. Montgomery)

Dub Taylor ... Walker

Bette Davis ... Aunt Elizabeth
Joseph Riley ... Ben's Father
Todd Turquand ... Young Ben
Orin Cannon ... Minister
Jim Myers ... Dr. Ross

Anthony James ... The Chauffeur

Directed by
Dan Curtis 
Writing credits
Robert Marasco (novel)

William F. Nolan (screenplay) and
Dan Curtis (screenplay)

Produced by
Dan Curtis .... producer
Robert Singer .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bob Cobert 
Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette  (as Jacques Marquette)
Film Editing by
Dennis Virkler 
Casting by
Linda Otto 
Production Design by
Eugène Lourié 
Set Decoration by
Solomon Brewer 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Al Fleming .... makeup artist
Graham Meech-Burkestone .... hair stylist
Peggy Shannon .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joseph M. Ellis .... unit production manager (as Joseph Ellis)
Ira Loonstein .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Grace .... first assistant director
Stephen Lim .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gerald MacDonald .... construction coordinator
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recordist (as Don Bassman)
David M. Ronne .... sound mixer (as David Ronne)
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects (as Clifford Wenger)
Dar Robinson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Goldenhar .... gaffer
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Bradford May .... first assistant camera (as Brad May)
Robert A. Petzoldt .... gaffer (as Robert Petzoldt)
Sven Walnum .... camera operator
Robert Blair .... key grip (uncredited)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia De Martino .... costumer
Agnes G. Henry .... costumer (as Agnes Henry)
Editorial Department
Bud Klutchman .... assistant editor (as Bud Klotchman)
Transportation Department
James E. Foote .... transportation captain (as James Foote)
Other crew
Pam Ellis .... production secretary
Eliza Garrett .... production secretary
Alan Greedy .... script supervisor
Ruth Kennedy .... assistant to producer
Susan B. Landau .... production assistant (as Susan Landau)
Jason E. Squire .... production executive
Crew believed to be complete

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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1987) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1977) | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Ben chases Marian after they both emerge from the pool one night, suddenly Ben's swim trunks are dry.See more »
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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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The Best Dan Curtis Film, Period., 6 November 2005
Author: luvehorror from United States

I can watch this film over and over again. The atmospheric styles of Dan Curtis are imaginable. His usage of lower camera angles, I could go on and on. With excellent performances from Oliver Reed (R.I.P.), and Bette Davis. I also love how Burgess Meredith is in the film, it gave the movie such a Rod Serling feel. The slow moving suspense is nerve racking but keeps you on your toes at the same time. Much better ending than from the original novel. (listen to the commentary with co-writer William F. Nolan)-Burnt Offerings is truly a HORROR CLASSIC. Brace yourself for a creepy ending. Karen Black is stranger than usually. If you like scary old victorian houses with mysterious goings on, Burnt Offerings is just the flick.

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