Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Burnt Offerings (1976)

Director: Dan Curtis

Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart, Bette Davis, Lee Montgomery

Ben and Marian Rolf can't believe how cheap the rent is at their giant Victorian summer home. Over time, however, they begin to sense that there's something peculiar about the place. Marian becomes strangely obsessed with keeping house, Ben finds himself prone to unusual bursts of anger and his vivacious aunt Elizabeth becomes withdrawn, then mysteriously dies. As the couple tries to adjust, they wonder if the house itself could be responsible for what is going on.

This movie is based on the book with the same title, so this is just a review of the movie and not the book. The book and movie inspired another well known book, Stephen King's The Shining. After he read the book and watched the movie, he was inspired to create a similar story of his own. King's story is so much better, but it is interesting how one story can create another from someone else. Which book is remembered more? Exactly.

The best part of this movie is the cast. It is one of the best from any horror movie. Oliver Reed was in some great movies in the 70's and early 80's. He did The Brood and Tommy. Burgess Meredith was in the most episodes of The Twilight Zone, and he is a great actor. Lee Montgomery was just a kid, but he grew up to be a good looking man in the early 80's. He was the male lead in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. The wonderful Karen Black was the lead in this movie. Is there a better woman than her. Oh wait, Bette Davis played the Aunt. That is a trump. No one really beats Bette. See, you have a great cast.

This is not a scary movie at all, but it is a good movie. I have seen this movie several times. I think it is good for the supernatural terror movies for the day. I recommend this movie to all. It is one to watch too many times. Enjoy.

Burnt Offerings (1976) Trailer

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