Burnt Offerings (1976)

DAN CURTIS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA/Italy, 1976.  , .  Screenplay by , Dan Curtis, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Dan Curtis.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

An average California family, headed by Karen Black and , take a summer home in the country that turns out to be haunted. At first, things like Reed being taken over by a spirit that wants to harm his son seem like freak occurrences, but it soon becomes apparent that the house has a personality that is determined to get rid of strangers. Good performances, especially by Black, whose mood turns on a dime without the slightest show of effort, but the climax the film builds up to isn’t particularly interesting and the whole thing just isn’t scary enough. Features a terrific supporting performance by as the youthful old aunt with the biting wit.

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