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Post by Architect of light 75 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:58 am

Hey there!

I received my dvd of "Burnt Offerings" days ago and watched the movie last night.

Well I found it very good actually. Creepy & efficient.

The ending was clear to me, I got it like Dan Curtis explained himself.

It's quite a subtle movie if you compare it to most US horror movies of the 70. This Karen Black is surprising, her smile is beautiful while her eyes are like a plastic mannequin :o

Very good acting by Bette Davis & Oliver Reed IMO.

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Post by Architect of light 75 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:48 am

Nobody noticed the Masonic symbol on the grave at Aunt Elizabeth's funeral ? The camera moves close to a grave that has the Krieg (War in German) name on it and there is a Masonic symbol right on the left of the name.

It got my attention at the first time. I'm really detail oriented.

This is the house's official website :

http://www.dunsmuir.org/

It's the same house used in the great movie "Phantasm" :P

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Post by Dan the Damned » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:53 am

Architect of light 75 wrote:Nobody noticed the Masonic symbol on the grave at Aunt Elizabeth's funeral ? The camera moves close to a grave that has the Krieg (War in German) name on it and there is a Masonic symbol right on the left of the name.
No, I saw it as a kid and was oblivious to that sort of stuff.

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Post by msammons » Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:53 pm

I just read the book and the ending is worse than in the movie. However the book is much better at conveying Marion being sucked in by the house. The way she acted when Aunt Elizabeth died and she was glad to be in the alone with old lady Allardyce and how she was not really happy when Ben and Davy came back. Also her aversion to being intimate with her husband. I may watch the movie again. It is one I think you miss things just watching it once.
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Post by Tim » Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:38 pm

When she picks the father and son up after the accident and she's taliking, she turns her head and if you look closely in her hair there is a skull. I'm pretty sure they added in this effect.Tell us if you see it Mary!
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Post by Architect of light 75 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:49 am

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Architect of light 75 wrote:Nobody noticed the Masonic symbol on the grave at Aunt Elizabeth's funeral ? The camera moves close to a grave that has the Krieg (War in German) name on it and there is a Masonic symbol right on the left of the name.
No, I saw it as a kid and was oblivious to that sort of stuff.
You should watch it again, I don't think you'll be that disappointed. It's a very good movie IMO.

I'm going to find an image of that scene to show you.

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Post by Architect of light 75 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:50 am

msammons wrote:I just read the book and the ending is worse than in the movie. However the book is much better at conveying Marion being sucked in by the house. The way she acted when Aunt Elizabeth died and she was glad to be in the alone with old lady Allardyce and how she was not really happy when Ben and Davy came back. Also her aversion to being intimate with her husband. I may watch the movie again. It is one I think you miss things just watching it once.
Interesting points, thanks!!

I'll watch it again soon myself too.

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Post by Architect of light 75 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:52 am

Tim wrote:When she picks the father and son up after the accident and she's taliking, she turns her head and if you look closely in her hair there is a skull. I'm pretty sure they added in this effect.Tell us if you see it Mary!
Yeah I think I noticed something there. Is it like Norman Bates at the end of Psycho ?? Dan, do you remember that ? It's great :P

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Post by Architect of light 75 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:24 am

That's it guys :

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Watch the video there and see the grave at the 34th second :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UgZJb1RIi8

Well the quality was way better on my screen with my dvd..

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Post by Dan the Damned » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:09 am

So what does the symbol mean in regards to the film? Do you think it was intentional, or is it not that rare for tombstones to have things like that? Does the director talk about it in the commentary?

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Post by Architect of light 75 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:14 am

Dan the Damned wrote:So what does the symbol mean in regards to the film? Do you think it was intentional, or is it not that rare for tombstones to have things like that? Does the director talk about it in the commentary?
Good questions.. I don't see any link with this movie except for the evil side :wink: I have seen some tombstones having that kind of symbols in Scotland. It just meant the person was a member. I didn't hear the director's commentary yet but I will because I really liked the movie.

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Post by VampireKen » Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:53 am

Tim wrote:When she picks the father and son up after the accident and she's taliking, she turns her head and if you look closely in her hair there is a skull. I'm pretty sure they added in this effect.Tell us if you see it Mary!
I've heard about this before and I believe Karen Black was asked about it but i'm not sure. I believe it was just the way she turned her head. this has gotten some attention over the years. it appears there was a lot of hidden or unintentional effects in the film.
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Post by sherbetbizarre » Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:39 pm

Dan the Damned wrote:If I saw it today for the first time, I probably wouldn't like it.
Saw this for the first time last week at a 16mm screening. Thought it was OK...

Karen Black plays the woman at the end to show she's either the new Mrs Allardyce, or has been sucked into her/its body.

Interesting simarity to Amityville with the personality changes in the parents, and Oliver Reed turning on his kid.

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Post by surferguy72 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:39 pm

Good flick.I remember seeing it when I was a kid back in the early 80s on Tv.It was a sunday afternoon movie of the week or something and it creeped me out.I purchased it a few years back on dvd and watched it again.They dont make movies like that anymore.

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Post by Architect of light 75 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:27 pm

surferguy72 wrote:Good flick.I remember seeing it when I was a kid back in the early 80s on Tv.It was a sunday afternoon movie of the week or something and it creeped me out.I purchased it a few years back on dvd and watched it again.They dont make movies like that anymore.
It's really good indeed.

Have you seen "The Mist" by Frank Darabont ? I know it's not really the same kind but still.

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Post by Sweet Zuni » Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:51 pm

Burnt Offerings is one of my favorite movies. Karen Black was great!! I also am a big fan of "The Trilogy Of Terror. 8-)

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i love Trilogy of Terror :)
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Post by Howard64 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:23 am

Sweet Zuni wrote:Burnt Offerings is one of my favorite movies. Karen Black was great!! I also am a big fan of "The Trilogy Of Terror. 8-)
I have been looking for a copy of this movie
for some time. I think I will check IMDB and
see if there is a listing for a seller:)

That little doll that runs around chattering
and such...scared the hell out of me when I
was a kid.
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Post by Architect of light 75 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:56 am

Howard64 wrote:
Sweet Zuni wrote:Burnt Offerings is one of my favorite movies. Karen Black was great!! I also am a big fan of "The Trilogy Of Terror. 8-)
I have been looking for a copy of this movie
for some time. I think I will check IMDB and
see if there is a listing for a seller:)

That little doll that runs around chattering
and such...scared the hell out of me when I
was a kid.
There buddy :

http://www.amazon.com/Burnt-Offerings-K ... 311&sr=1-1
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Post by Sweet Zuni » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:31 am

I remember how much that Zuni doll scared me when I was a kid. It still is one of my favorite movies, therefore, I use the Zuni doll for my avatar. :D As with, "Burnt Offerings," I will be watching that movie today!! ;)

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