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Burned at the Stake (1982)

In 1692, a young girl in Salem, Massachusetts accuses several residents of being witches, and they are burned at the stake. In 1980, a young woman who is a descendant of the accuser finds ... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Loreen Graham / Ann Putnam
... Capt. Billingham
... Dr. Grossinger
... Karen Graham
Beverly Ross ... Merlina
David Rounds ... William Goode
John Peters ... Rev. Parris
Jennine Babo ... Dorcas Goode
Dana Hardwick ... Justice Hathorne
Lauren Jennifer Downing ... Sarah Goode (as Lauren Downing)
Frank Dolan ... Kevin O'Neil
Judy Dodd ... Nancy
Terese Giammarco ... Gwyneth
David Golia ... The Driver
Harold Jackson ... Library Guard


In 1692, a young girl in Salem, Massachusetts accuses several residents of being witches, and they are burned at the stake. In 1980, a young woman who is a descendant of the accuser finds herself having recurring nightmares about the incident and comes to believe she is being terrorized by the ghost of the father of the women who were burned as witches. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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19 February 1982 (USA)  »

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The Coming  »

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During the witch trials in Salem during the 17th century, no one was burned at the stake. Executions were performed by hanging, and one male prisoner was pressed to death by heavy stones. However, this 'pressing to death' of Giles Cory was not a punishment. It was an effort to get him to plead innocent or guilty. It is from this method of getting information that we get the modern term of "pressing a person for information." See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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The Notorious B.I.G. strikes again!
1 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

I honestly had no idea that the Notorious B.I.G. (Bert I. Gordon the director; not the murdered rapper) was still active in the 80's! I always presumed the deliciously inept "Empire of the Ants" stood as his last masterful accomplishment in the horror genre, but that was before my dirty little hands stumbled upon an ancient and dusty VHS copy of "The Coming", a totally obscure and unheard of witchery-movie that actually turned out a more or less pleasant surprise! What starts out as a seemingly atmospheric tale of late Dark Ages soon takes a silly turn when a villager of year 1692 inexplicably becomes transferred to present day Salum, Massachusetts and promptly attacks a girl in the history museum. For you see, this particular girl is the reincarnation of Ann Putman who was a bona fide evil girl in 1692 and falsely accused over twenty people of practicing witchcraft which led to their executions at the state. The man who attacked Loreen lost his wife and daughter this and wants his overdue revenge. But poor and three centuries older Loreen is just an innocent schoolgirl, … or is she? "Burned at the Stake" unfolds like a mixture between "The Exorcist" and "Witchfinder General" with a tad bit of "The Time Machine" thrown in for good measure. Way to go, Bert! The plot becomes sillier and more senseless with every new twist but at least it never transcends into complete boredom, like too often the case in other contemporary witchcraft movies like "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Devonsville Terror". The film jumps back and forth between the events in present day and flashbacks of 1692; which keeps it rather amusing and fast-paced. The Ann Putman girl is quite a fascinating character, reminiscent of the Abigail Williams character in the more commonly known stage play "The Crucible" (also depicted by Winona Ryder in the 1996 motion picture). There are a couple of cool death sequences, like the teacher in the graveyard or the journalist in the library, that are committed by the ghost of malignant reverend who made a pact with Ann Putman and perhaps even the Devil himself. The film gets pretty spastic and completely absurd near the end, but overall there's some good cheesy fun to be had. Plus, the least you can say about Bert I. Gordon is that he definitely build up some directorial competences over the years.

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