There’s something special about an old school haunted house movie. Specifically, so many of the ones that were made in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. They just feel classic and ageless. They’re the warm blankets of classic horror viewing. And Burnt Offerings is one that should be right toward the top of that list. Here is the brief imdb synopsis:
A family moves into a large old mansion in the countryside which seems to have a mysterious and sinister power over its new residents.
Burnt Offerings is another prime example of the 70’s style of slow burn movies. It’s definitely more interested in the characters and the atmosphere than hitting you with constant scares or setpieces. It’s also pretty mild, rated PG even, so don’t expect a mass amount of violence or gore (although there still is one moment that always packed a punch for me.) If all this sounds like a bore to you, then keep on walking, sister… But if you’re in the mood for this kind of chill haunted house film, it really is a fun watch. The acting here is the key for me. You’ve got Oliver Reed, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, and freakin’ Bette Davis. They all bring their A-game and that in itself is enough for me. But the overall mood, setting, and mystery behind it all seals the deal. It may move slowly, but I’m never bored for a moment in this film. It really is an underrated, classic, haunted house chiller.
Where to Watch: Streaming on AMC+, TCM, and many cable On Demands.
Food/Drink Pairing: A nicely prepared breakfast, served on fine china, and perfectly organized on a silver platter.