Burnt Offerings (1976)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Dan Curtis.

Plot Summary

A family moves into an old house only to find that it's haunted.


Directed by: Dan Curtis
© United Artists Corporation MCMLXXVI [1976]
P.E.A. Films Inc. presents a film by Dan Curtis. Produced in association with Dan Curtis Productions, Inc.
Produced by: Dan Curtis
Associate Producer: Robert Singer
Screenplay by: William F. Nolan, Dan Curtis
Based on the Novel by: Robert Marasco
Director of Photography: Jacques Marquette
Additional Photography by: Stevan Larner
Film Editor: Dennis Virkler
Music by: Robert Cobert
Sound Mixer: David Ronne
Costume Designer: Ann Roth
Makeup Artist: Al Fleming
Hair Stylists: Graham Meech-Burkestone, Peggy Shannon
Special Effects: Clifford Wenger
Production Designer: Eugene Lourie
Filmed at Dunsmuir House and Gardens, Oakland, California

Karen Black (Marian)
Oliver Reed (Ben)
Burgess Meredith (Brother [Arnold Allardyce])
Eileen Heckart (Roz [Allardyce])
Lee H. Montgomery (David)
Dub Taylor (Walker)
Bette Davis (Aunt Elizabeth)
Joseph Riley (Ben's father)
Todd Turquand (young Ben)
Orin Cannon (minister)
Jim Myers (Dr Ross)
Anthony James (the chauffeur)

Alternative Titles

Ballata macabra – Italy
Férias Macabras – Portugal
Gazap tohumu – Turkey
Holocausto – Argentina
Hyreskontrakt med döden – Sweden
I villa ton kataramenon – Greece
Ie – Japan
Killhouse – Netherlands (video)
Landhaus der toten Seelen – West Germany
A Mansão Macabra – Brazil
Pesadilla diabólica – Argentina, Mexico, Spain
Rémálmok háza – Hungary
Spalone ofiary – Poland
Den stängda dörren – Finland (Swedish)
Suljettu ovi – Finland
Trauma – France
Η βίλα των καταραμένων – Greece
Сожженные приношения – Russia

Extracts included in
The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen (2014)
Anthony James: Acting His Face (2015)
Blood Ties: Lee Montgomery on Burnt Offerings (2015)
From the Ashes: William F. Nolan on Burnt Offerings (2015)
Portraits of Fear: Burnt Offerings Family Album (2015)
Trailer Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama (2016)



  • Cinefantastique vol.5 no.1 (Spring 1976) p.35 – review
  • Cinefantastique vol.5 no.3 (Winter 1977) p.24 – review
  • Fangoria no.227 (October 2003) p.73 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Tom Weaver)
  • Films Illustrated vol.6 no.69 (May 1977) p.328 – review
  • Films in Review vol.30 no.10 (December 1979) pp.603-612 – illustrated biography, filmography (An evening with Bette Davis by Alvin H. Marill)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.44 no.520 (May 1977) p.94 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International no.86 (7 May 1977) p.51 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.237 no.37 (15 August 1975) p.15 – credits
  • Variety 25 August 1976 p.20 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.309 – illustrated credits, review
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.391
  • Film Review 1977-1978 by F. Maurice Speed p.126 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.49
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.379-383 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.138 – credits, review
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.43