Derek Winnert


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Burnt Offerings ** (1976, Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith) – Classic Movie Review 6038

Here we go again with yet another horror mystery movie, another innocent family – Ben and Marian Rolf (Oliver Reed, Karen Black) and their 12-year-old son Davey (Lee Montgomery) – and another evil old, haunted house. And this one, rented by the unsuspecting couple for their summer holiday, feeds on its tenants to regenerate itself!

There are a few good jolts and an agreeable cast on its side. But surely they could have found more for Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith and Eileen Heckart (as the Allardyces) and Dub Taylor to do. Davis is especially wasted as Aunt Elizabeth.

The thin story based on the novel by Robert Marasco will not fill the long-seeming two hours (it is 116 minutes). So director Dan Curtis has to direct his 1976 chiller at a snail’s pace. Curtis also co-writes the screenplay with William F Nolan.

It remains interesting and watchable though.

Also in the cast are Anthony James, Joseph Riley, Todd Turquand, Orin Cannon and Jim Myers.

In 2017 a remake is in the works.

© Derek Winnert 2017 Classic Movie Review 6038

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