Burnt Offerings

Burnt Offerings

Director: Dan Curtis Cast: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith
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Overview

Burnt Offerings

Dan Curtis, director of TV's Dark Shadows series, directed this eerie haunted-house thriller about a house which draws energy from its inhabitants and selects its own "keeper" from the family of Ben and Marian Rolf (Oliver Reed & Karen Black), who rent the strangely-affordable house one fateful summer then find themselves slowly succumbing to its creepy powers. The photography is suitably moody, and many of the standard haunted-house cliches are used to decent effect -- particularly a violent scene in which the surrounding woods form a barrier to prevent the family station wagon from escaping the area -- but the pace is too leisurely overall, climaxing with the type of grim ending employed by nearly every mainstream horror film in the late 70's. Black's spooky looks are used to maximum effect, but are never quite as chilling as the final shot of Curtis's TV movie Trilogy of Terror from the previous year.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2015
UPC: 0738329177522
Original Release: 1976
Rating: PG
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 7,815

Special Features

Interview with Actor Anthony James; Interview with Screenwriter William F. Nolan; Interview with Actor Lee Montgomery; Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer/Producer Dan Curtis, Actress Karen Black and Co-Writer William F. Nolan; Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith; "Trailers From Hell" with Steve Senski; Animated Montage of Images; Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karen Black Marian
Oliver Reed Ben
Burgess Meredith Brother
Eileen Heckart Roz
Lee Montgomery David
Bette Davis Aunt Elizabeth
Dub Taylor Walker
Anthony James Chauffeur
Orin Cannon Minister
Todd Turquand Young Ben
Joseph Riley Ben's Father
Jim Myers Dr. Ross

Technical Credits
Dan Curtis Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Solomon Brewer Set Decoration/Design
Robert Cobert Score Composer
Stevan Larner Cinematographer
Eugène Lourié Production Designer
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer
William F. Nolan Screenwriter
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Singer Producer
Dennis Virkler Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Burnt Offerings
1. Scene 1 [:11]
2. Scene 2 [14:27]
3. Scene 3 [16:10]
4. Scene 4 [15:15]
5. Scene 5 [14:11]
6. Scene 6 [13:10]
7. Scene 7 [14:59]
8. Scene 8 [14:44]
9. Scene 9 [12:55]

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Burnt Offerings has got to be one of the most spine chilling haunted-house thrillers out there! Not only does it sport the stellar likes of Karen Black, Bette Davis, and a well out of his gord Oliver Reed, it's got one of the most bloody, shocking climaxes in cinema history! You'll shake with fear as Oliver Reed and his feeble, bed-ridden Aunt Elizabeth, "Davis" cower at the horrifying sounds of 'Death' ascending the stairway! Who will survive as this eerie, creepy 'living' house literally assimilates the souls of its victims, one by one. You can rest assured, when they go, they go in a BIG way! The blood pours, the screams assult your senses, and the ghosts of 'caretakers past' return to fill vacant positions you never thought open for the filling...
Crypt-Keeper More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome movie! Holy crap! You will regret not watching this!
Billyboy More than 1 year ago
Ending especially GOOD as family moves into creepy house.......

Oliver Reed EXCELLENT as Dad turning evil from the house and Karen Black sexy and also evil overtones.

Great ending!!!!

And for 1976 effects I highly recommend......