Thursday, October 17, 2013

Movie Review: "Burnt Offerings" (1976)

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Movie: "Burnt Offerings"
Director: Dan Curtis
Year: 1976
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

A family rents a plantation-style mansion for $900 for the entire summer with only one catch: they have to take care of the 85 year old owner's mother, who never leaves her room and is rarely ever seen. It seems too good to be true. Several weird occurrences take place, and the house beings to have an impact on each member of the family.

This movie was just okay. Burgess Meredith was poorly underused, and Better Davis seemed to be a shell of her former fabulous self. The scene in the pool between the father and the son was cool, and probably the best scene in the movie as a whole. The movie drudged along, developing slowly to a final climactic scene that was wholly underwhelming and very obvious.The concept of this movie could have been played out in a better fashion; to have everyone in the house age slowly over time could have been utilized differently and could have been done better. I think that this movie should be re-categorized solely as a mystery because there's very little horror and hardly any horrific scenes at all. Overall, it had potential, but was just rather boring.

My Rating: 5.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 5/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38%
Do we recommend this movie: Meh.

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