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Burnt Offerings (1976)

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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Complete credited cast:
... Marian Rolf
... Ben Rolf
... Arnold Allardyce
... Roz Allardyce
... David Rolf (as Lee H. Montgomery)
... Walker
... Aunt Elizabeth
Joseph Riley ... Ben's Father
Todd Turquand ... Young Ben
Orin Cannon ... Minister
Jim Myers ... Dr. Ross
... The Chauffeur
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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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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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18 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Pesadilla diabólica  »

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On the DVD commentary, Dan Curtis reveals that his rationale for the fog machine was to be able to shoot "motes." See more »

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Car trouble: when Ben (Oliver Reed) and his son try to flee from the evil house in the family station wagon, we see how Ben forcefully bashes the car into a large fallen tree numerous times. Yet just a few scenes later, the car shows not a nick or dent anywhere on the body. It's obvious that in their isolated location, no body or repair work could have been performed on the car to put it back into such pristine condition. See more »

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Marian Rolf: I've been waiting for you, Ben!
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Great 70's horror.
15 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

My 10 out of 10 vote for this movie really stems from the first time I'd seen it. I was an 8 year old at the drive-in with my parents. The assumption was I would watch the first movie of this double bill and fall asleep before the scary movie started. I cannot remember the first movie but I can tell you I will never forget this one. I played like I was sleeping in the back seat but watched the whole movie without my parents knowing. I had nightmares for months to come. Images of the creepy Chauffeur driver and the foggy lighting and lens effects really stuck with me. And the last scene was terrifying. I'm much older now but when revisiting this horror classic I'm reminded of that night in the backseat of my parents car...I still get chills. I also had the same experiences with "Seizure" "From Beyond the Grave" and "The Sentinel".


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