Fritz Weaver, Tony-Winning Veteran of Stage and Screen, Dies at 90

Fritz Weaver, the courtly veteran of Broadway and the big screen who won a Tony Award and stood out in such films as Fail-Safe and The Day of the Dolphin, has died. He was 90.

Weaver died Saturday at home in Manhattan, The New York Times reported.

His sister was Mary Weaver Dodson, a four-time Emmy-nominated art director known for her work on Murder, She Wrote. She died in February.

Weaver received his Tony in 1970 for his performance as strict Catholic boarding school teacher Jerome Malley in Robert Marasco's long-running thriller Child's Play.

The 6-foot-3 Pittsburgh native made his Broadway debut in 1955's The Chalk Garden, for which he...
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Burnt Offerings Blu-ray / DVD Coming from Kino Lorber This Fall

Its source material (Robert Marasco's 1973 novel) influenced Stephen King's The Shining, it featured one of the most unnerving "what's behind that door?" onscreen mysteries, and its creepy hearse driver has been the stuff of nightmares for decades. Dan Curtis' Burnt Offerings has a lot to offer viewers fond of the haunted house sub-genre. For a long time, fans of the 1976 film have been waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray, and with their recent announcement, Kino Lorber is making sure all those years of patience will pay off. Thankfully, by the time trick-or-treaters knock on your door, Burnt Offerings will be available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Boasting a brand new high-definition transfer, Kino Lorber's Burnt Offerings Blu-ray / DVD is slated for an October release. No special features have been revealed at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements regarding this much-anticipated home media release.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Burnt Offerings

This was ground zero. This was where the love affair started; all the sleepless nights, the cold sweats, the screaming. In 1976, at the age of six, my mom took me to the theater to see Burnt Offerings, my first horror movie.

Six years old. Up until this point my viewing memories consisted of Saturday morning cartoons and a matinee memory of seeing a giant octopus engulf a ship (submarine?). Little did I know that I was to be indoctrinated into a universe of monsters, vampires, guys with knives (girls too), killer critters, ghosts, goblins, and, in my inaugural visit to the screen of screams… the Haunted House.

Well, that description is a little off. The house in Burnt Offerings isn’t haunted exactly; it is…alive. A living, pulsing being that every so often needs a new family to love it. Cherish it. And to be consumed by it so
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Round-Up: Burnt Offerings Excerpt, Stanley Film Festival Now Casting Volunteers, The Dark Below

It influenced Stephen King's seminal horror novel, The Shining, and was the basis for a 1976 film starring Karen Black and Oliver Reed. Valancourt Books is now paying tribute to one of the most notable haunted house stories ever put to paper with their new edition of Robert Marasco's Burnt Offerings, featuring an introduction by Stephen Graham Jones. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, we have an excerpt from the 1973 horror novel in our latest round-up, along with details on how you can be a volunteer at this year's Stanley Film Festival and a look at images from the Great Lakes-set horror film, The Dark Below, which recently wrapped principal photography.

Burnt Offerings: "Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their cramped and noisy Queens apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Child’s Play

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

James Mason (l.) and Beau Bridges star in Child's Play.

Based on the stage play by Robert Marasco, the 1972 drama-mystery Child’s Play is lesser-known film directed by the great Sidney Lumet (Network, 12 Angry Men).

A young teacher, Paul Reis (Beau Bridges, The Descendants) arrives at an exclusive Catholic boy’s school that he had attended as young man, where he discovers that everything at the school is not quite as staid, tranquil and harmless as it seems. Reis suspects that one of the older professors in responsible for the school’s increasing incidents of cult-like violence and brutality. Could it be Joe Dobbs (Robert Preston, Victor/Victoria), the easy-going, popular English instructor? Or perhaps Jerome Malley (James Mason, Bigger Than Life), the widely disliked and feared Latin and Greek teacher? Or maybe even someone else…?

Screenwriter Leon Prochnik adapted Marasco’s play,
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Review: The Original "Dark Shadows" Comes To DVD

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By Todd Garbarini

In August 1981, at the age of twelve, I viewed my very first horror film, Dan Curtis' 1976 theatrical outing Burnt Offerings, based upon the 1973 novel of the same name by Robert Marasco. I was immediately impressed with the film's spooky quality and the performances by Oliver Reed, Karen Black, Bette Davis, and Burgess Meredith. One area that stood out most was the chillingly icy score by Robert Cobert. I was eager to discover other works directed by Mr. Curtis and it would be nearly 30 years before I would finally see episodes of what is arguably his most popular production, the soap opera/thriller Dark Shadows. Running for nearly five years on ABC-tv from 1966 to 1971 and consisting of 1,225 episodes in total (some of which were in black and white), Dark Shadows is an enjoyably spooky production that was shot on videotape. It stars Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins,
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Retro Shock Theater: Burnt Offerings from Dark Shadows' Dan Curtis

Some horror films are of such enduring power and undeniable craftsmanship – films like Psycho, The Exorcist, Carrie and The Shining – that they find a new and devoted fan base with each subsequent generation while others reside almost exclusively in the traumatized memories of the generation who first encountered them. 1976’s haunted house yarn Burnt Offerings would be an example of the latter, a staple of Gen-Xer’s childhoods whose reputation as a supremely frightening film has dimmed over the years.

With Tim Burton’s revival of Dark Shadows currently in theaters, some fans will naturally want to take a look back at producer/director Dan Curtis’ original supernatural soap opera but thinking of Curtis’ contributions to the genre (‘70s horror wouldn’t have been the same without him) made me curious to revisit his adaptation of Robert Marasco’s 1973 novel.

Curtis’ work was almost exclusively for television (besides Dark Shadows,
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Burnt Offerings (1976): Movie Review

Review by Chris Wright,

When most of us think about a solid golden age haunted house movie, we stream "Amityville Horror". Before that, there was "Burnt Offerings" which was released three years before that in 1976. This movie is largely forgotten by many and overshadows by many others in this genre. Also based on a book by Robert Marasco, "Burnt Offerings" gives us chills, fantastic acting, spooky atmosphere and truly scary moments out of any 70's haunted house movies.

The plot of this movie is simple: The Rolf family are caretakers of a fancy old home in the middle of nowhere as a summer home but the catch is the house takes lives to keep itself alive. A simple yet original plot for a movie that is done so well. The acting is superb from all the actors. The low tone music adds a strikingly eerie presence to the movie.
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The Last Farewells

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Salvaged from the unpublished Starlog #375. Posted here for the record. The science fiction universe sadly salutes these fantastic talents who died earlier this year.

Bob May (January) The beloved man inside Lost In Space’s irrepressible Robot. (interviewed in Starlog #57, #201)

Charles H. Schneer (January) The veteran producer who shepherded all of Ray Harryhausen’s movies from It Came From Beneath The Sea (1955) to Clash Of The Titans (1981). Those classic genre films included Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles To Earth, The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, The Three Worlds Of Gulliver, Mysterious Island (1961), Jason And The Argonauts, First Men In The Moon, The Valley Of Gwangi, The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad and Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger. Sans Harryhausen, he also produced I Aim At The Stars (a.k.a. Wernher Von Braun), Hellcats Of The Navy and Half A Sixpence. (Starlog #151, #152, #153)

Arthur A. Jacobs (January) In 1958, producer
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