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Posted by pettyfan (Member # 2260) on :
Did anyone else like this? It's been coming on a lot here lately. It had been years and years since I had seen it. I only get to watch bits and pieces, because it's on when I'm getting ready for work.
Posted by mamamiasweetpeaches (Member # 1715) on :
Its good. I remember it alwaysx being on TV when I was a little kid and my cousin usd to make me watch it. It scared the crap outta me. I watched it about 3 years ago and the people I watched it with thought it was dopey ...and they also solved the "twist" at the end, which they thought was pretty obvious.

How can you go wrong with a Karen Black Horror movie??

(P.S: The evil chauffer looks like Jim Carrey!)
Posted by MotleyRulz (Member # 3598) on :
I've never saw or heard of this. Gonna have to check it out...
Posted by Louden Swain [formerly The Pixies] (Member # 3671) on :
Scared the crap outta me when I was a little kid!

Bette Davis was downright freaky!
Posted by Mr. Tia (Member # 4374) on :
i got a big kick out of this when i was a little squirt. wasn't this the one where the address of the haunted house was "13666"? i mean, that's pretty bold. if i'm remembering it right.

i'm pretty sure it's on my queue, somewhere.
Posted by 80'sfreak (Member # 3922) on :
I saw this when I was very young and it literally tramatized me. I had nightmares about the limo driver for months. I have not seen this movie since I was very tiny. I'm almost still to afraid to watch it now. I mean it really freaked me out. My mom never let me watch it again. One question though what was the deal with the limo driver? I know the dad dreamed about him if I'm remembering correctly but who was he? Why was the dad so scared of him?
Posted by mamamiasweetpeaches (Member # 1715) on :
I dont remember what the deal with the limo driver. Maybe he was just "in" on the scerets of the house.......
wasnt he the one who dragged the trunk around with Bette Davis in it????
Posted by pettyfan (Member # 2260) on :
Didn't the limo driver have something to do with the dad's mom's funeral?
Posted by mamamiasweetpeaches (Member # 1715) on :
Yeah...I think so.

Man he was just creepy, thats all....

he knew what evil was goin on and did nothin to stop it!
Posted by DeltaDeadDawn (Member # 4547) on :
this is one of my favorites bette davis in the attic oooooooooooooooooooeeeeeeeeeooooooooooooooooooooooooo hide and peak...the creepy music when the limo would come would freek me out and still does :S
Posted by Nostalgic for the '80's (Member # 37454) on :
Recently re-watched Burnt Offerings for the first time in several years. Amazing! This is a superb, extremely creepy & atmospheric flick, and is one of many excellent films from that era that proves that the '70's was the best decade for horror movies...

Some comments:

The house was apparently an evil entity, and would "re-invent" itself every so often by "feeding" off of the souls of people that would temporarily inhabit the home - presumably by being "lured" into it.

This is why it destroyed itself & then re-created itself at the end, so it looked new. Also, this goes back to the beginning of the film - when the Oliver Reed character commented on the pictures of the house through the decades/centuries?! (on the wall).

This is also connected to all of the dead/dying flowers in the beginning; these all get renewed by the end of the film.

The house was apparently fixated on the young son, who nearly got seriously injured/killed numerous times throughout the film - I.e., by falling down in the beginning; by almost drowning twice in the pool; by almost dying because of the gas in his room.

Presumably the Burgess Meredith character & his sister were much older than they looked; the cemetery OR & his son found in the back of the house didn't have evidence of any family members dying beyond the late 1880's.

It's unclear whether there was actually an elderly mother living in the room upstairs; she was never seen, and the Karen Black character always said she was "sleeping" whenever anyone tried to see her. However, it's obvious that KB was being "groomed" to "take over" this "elderly mother" role - as was seen when she was confronted by OR at the very end. In any case, if there wasn't an "actual" person in the upstairs room, it's probable that there was some kind of evil "being" (even if it was just a ghostly one) that was in regular contact with the KB character - which is why she was always spending a lot of time in that room.

Very impressed by the caliber of actors/actresses in this film: Bette Davis!, Oliver Reed, Karen Black, and Burgess Meredith. Incredible. These days, most A-list (or even B-list) actors/actresses wouldn't be caught dead starring in what was essentially a low-budget horror film.

The creepy, grinning tall chauffer that the Oliver Reed character saw as a kid (at his mother's funeral) obviously stayed with him as a horrible memory, so he kept "seeing" him driving around at the house, etc. Very unnerving.
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
Never seen Burnt Offerings but I have wanted to watch it for sometime now and I believe it comes out on Blu Ray very soon from Arrow films so I will most definitely look at checking it out.

Whatever it's certainly got a great cast!
Posted by Helen_S (Member # 5804) on :
Ooh, didn't realise this had its own thread. I posted this in last film watched thread:

Burnt Offerings - I love this really moody horror. It's just under 2 hours and every minute of it is needed I feel as it just builds and builds until you can't take anymore of that haunted house under your skin feeling. The beautiful house used here was later the Phantasm funeral home, so everytime the creepy undertaker guy showed up it was very surreal. I am so grateful that I had forgotten the ending cos it was a beaut! I love the seriously lacking in subtlety music as well. There is one part that shouldn't but does make me laugh hard, that pool scene ahaha! Good stuff. 8/10

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