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Burned at the Stake (1982)

R | | Horror | 22 January 1982 (USA)
In 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, young Ann Putnam accuses several residents of being witches, and they are tried and put to death. In 1980, young Loreen Graham is on a school outing to the ... See full summary »


Bert I. Gordon


Bert I. Gordon




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


In 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, young Ann Putnam accuses several residents of being witches, and they are tried and put to death. In 1980, young Loreen Graham is on a school outing to the Salem Witch Museum when a wax figure of a man from 1692 comes to life and accosts her. It seems that she may be the reincarnation of Ann, who has accused the man's 5-year-old girl of witchcraft and the girl is scheduled to be burned at the stake. Loreen must fight being possessed by Ann Putnam and confront the evil minister from 1692 who is consorting with Ann to falsely accuse people of witchcraft. Written by 2manydvds

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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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"Burn the witch! Burn the Witch!"
26 June 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Quite an imaginative concept (though it feels like its borrowing ideas from other films) is variably compiled, even with its cheap aurora it's commendably executed by director Bert I. Gordon. What starts off straight-forward and atmospheric transcends into silly plot devices, especially when it's focusing on the occurrences in the modern period. The muddled narrative does moves back and forth between 1692 when the Salem witch trails where performed and the present time. How this is connected is used through witchcraft, reincarnation and time travel. The latter aspect is vaguely touched upon, but it remains an interesting twist. While its offbeat, you couldn't help but think of such films like "The Exorcist", "Blood on Satan's Claw", "Witchfinder General" and "Audrey Rose", in which Susan Swift also played a similar role in. Swift gives an illustratively emotive performance (but I got to say the whining did become annoying during stages) when she is asked to play two characters. The scenes which it has her as the reincarnation of Ann Putman; The girl who falsely accused around twenty people of witchcraft and was under influence of the despicable Reverend Parris (an unnerving John Peters) wanting to install fear are eerily staged. Astute performances from the rest the cast with Guy Stockwell (the level-headed doctor), Tisha Sterling, David Rounds, Albert Salmi and Beverly Ross. During moments Gordon looks like his stuck between wanting to go out by exploiting the matter with some exaggerated shocks and gaudy icky make-up FX, but still he never over does it with some well-rounded psychological and composed dramatics that are lingeringly haunting. Capable direction keeps it resourceful with its smooth pacing and hypnotic location work of Salem Massachusetts, although some of the night time sequences where hard to make out what was happening. A modest little witchcraft film.

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22 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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Salem, Massachusetts, USA

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