It's a shame that by the end the whole enterprise doesn't really amount to much as it has lots of things going for it. Reed, Davis, and Black are all sensational, as is the central mystery that deftly avoids simple scares or obvious explanations. It just doesn't give the viewer even a modicum of information with which to make sense of the story, leaving the impression that this slow-burn was more of a drag.
This film is pretty bonkers - the father tries to kill his son before any of the foreboding really begins. It won't be the first time he tries and he is supposed to be the good parent in the film! It is odd and fun, but as others have said overlong and slow. Consider it only has 4 characters in the bulk of the film, and some underutilised eccentrics at the start. More than a few similarities with The Shining.
Una película a revalorar. "Burnt offerings" bebe de la vieja obsesión sobre casas que envarga a la locura a cualquier huesped de paso. Todavía "The shining" no se había realizado, pero este filme de Curtis promueve el terror psicológico de manera efectiva. No hay apariciones, pero si viejos fantasmas (ese fascinante chofer/sepulturero), presencias que te engullen. Nunca se sabe a ciencia cierta qué ocurre en esa casa
A really well crafted semi-gothic horror film, with exceptional performances from the whole cast. The seeking of the idyllic family life, the big house, the abundance, the wealth, the glee and the serenity that turns to be an illusion. And a scary one too. (B: Marion, let's go back. M: To what? B: To what we had. M: We had nothing.)
An excellent cast is wasted in this painfully slow haunted house story. The dull and talky bulk of the movie weighs down a handful of effective scenes and colorful characters that mainly work because of the strong performances - particularly Oliver Reed. The story is boring and predictable and just way too long. But it is almost worth watching for the ridiculous ending.