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Burnt Offerings (1976)




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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.

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Karen Black
as Marian Rolf
Oliver Reed
as Ben Rolf
Bette Davis
as Aunt Elizabeth
Burgess Meredith
as Arnold Allardyce
Joseph Riley
as Ben's Father
Eileen Heckart
as Roz Allardyce
Lee H. Montgomery
as David "Davey" Rolf
Dub Taylor
as Walker
Anthony James
as Chauffeur
Orin Cannon
as Minister
Todd Turquand
as Young Ben
Jim Myers
as Dr. Ross
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Critic Reviews for Burnt Offerings

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Burnt Offerings is a mystery, all right. What's mysterious is that the filmmakers were able to sell such a weary collection of ancient cliches for cold hard cash.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

...an egregiously (and aggressively) deliberate thriller that holds the viewer at arms length for almost the entirety of its overlong running time...

October 22, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Burnt Offerings is a supernatural thriller with crackerjack scare elements and a well-directed, sure bet for one of the year's best offerings.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

If you want a good laugh at a bad movie, Burnt Offerings doesn't have to be thrown in the ash can.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Directed by famed horror-film producer Dan Curtis, [Burnt Offerings] delivers on that to-hell-with-reality level that make Saturday matinees so satisfying to kids.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Whereas other movies focus on ghosts, Curtis's film uses the house as the ghost, the monster, and the creature.

May 7, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Burnt Offerings

This felt like a "made for tv" movie, with the exception of the last five minutes of the film (which almost made up for the prior 115 minutes). Staring Karen Black as: Karen Black Oliver Reed as: Oliver Reed and Bette Davis as: Bette Davis No REAL surprises here (with the exception of the last five minutes). Not horrible...just kind of slow.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

I started to watch Burnt Offerings on TV, but it takes such a long time to come to the point, I left it going in the next room and came to the computer for my entertainment.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

This movie is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Truly horrendous...

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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