Burnt Offerings (1976)
Director: Dan Curtis
Main Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis
Storyline: Caretakers move into a gothic house what they do not know is the house gains more beauty each death within its residence.
Review (Spoils): We have the Rolf family that moved into an old gothic house as care takers for the summer. Ben (Oliver Reed), his wife Marian (Karen Black) and son David move in and right away strange things start to happen. The house starts to suck the good essence out of them and uses for itself to become the grand mansion it once was. The more accidents and freaks death the more grand the house becomes. Through all the time Marian becomes more and more attached to the house and slow becoming more elderly almost ghost like as the house sucks the life from her. Another example is Aunt Elizabeth (Bette Davis) who also ages quickly and becomes very sick. The only person that seems to understand this is the father Ben especially after nearly drowns his son (that dam crazy house!).
The film has no real gore it feeds off of being eerie and leans a lot on death and regenerations. Karen Black steals the show with her freakiness as usual which is just natural for her. Bette Davis also did an awesome job and her makeup was great as she aged. Oliver Reed always freaked me out period!
Rating: If you’re looking for a good old fashion “this house is f*cked up” movie this is great. I really enjoyed this film and have seen many times. It has a great feel for the great age of 70’s horror films and plus it has two of the best freaky dames of horror Bette Davis and Karen Black.