Burn, Witch, Burn


Action / Horror

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 7 10 2283


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Paul Frees as Prologue Narrator
Peter Wyngarde as Norman Taylor
Kathleen Byron as Evelyn Sawtelle
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Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 7 / 10

Far fetched, but has its moments!

Producer: Albert Fennell. Executive producers: Julian Wintle and Leslie Parkyn. An Independent Artists Production. (Available on a severely cut (to only 83 minutes) DVD from Optimum Home Entertainment).

Copyright in the U.S.A. 10 March 1962 by Alta Vista Productions. Presented in the U.S.A. by James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff. U.S. release through American International: 25 April 1962. New York opening at neighborhood theaters on a double bill with "Tales of Terror": 4 July 1962. U.K. release through Anglo Amalgamated: 13 May 1962. Banned in Australia. 87 minutes in the U.K. 90 minutes in the U.S.A. U.S. release title: Burn, Witch, Burn.

SYNOPSIS: Tansy Taylor, the wife of an English university professor, secretly practices witchcraft to further her husband Norman's career. When he accidentally discovers this, he destroys her instruments of magic. Following Tansy's warning that his action has left him vulnerable to evil forces, Norman's luck changes.

NOTES: Location scenes filmed in Penzance, Cornwall.

COMMENT: Directed with authority and style. The script, however, seems far-fetched, and the transformation of Professor Carr is a bit hard to take. One of the most telling points against the script's credibility is that Tansy (silly name!) makes no attempt to tell her husband that a member of the faculty is practicing voodoo. Instead, she talks vaguely for hours about protection. Why isn't she specific?

The special effects are faultless, whilst photography, music, and especially Ralph Sheldon's sharp film editing contribute greatly to the picture's eerie atmosphere. Indeed, Gilbert Taylor's camera-work — both on location and in the studio — is astonishingly creative, considering the shoddy work he often turns out for quota quickies.

Janet Blair walks off with the movie's acting honors. The other players, however, are never less than able.

Reviewed by capone666 8 / 10

The Vidiot Reviews...

Burn, Witch Burn!

Being cursed by a witch is the best excuse one could have for getting out of work.

Unfortunately, the academic in this psychological thriller actually enjoys lecturing.

When psych professor Taylor (Peter Wyngarde) learns his wife (Janet Blair) has been dabbling in the dark arts since returning from the West Indies, he orders her to cease. Unaware her charms have been helping his career, he is left defenceless against another witch (Margaret Johnston) out for revenge.

Through auditory hypnosis, this mysterious sorceress convinces the skeptical scholar a giant stone eagle statue has come to life and is now stalking him.

Known across the pond as Night of the Eagle, this British/American co-production of pulp novelist Fritz Leiber's seminal work is a well-crafted and moody depiction of witchcraft on campus featuring some impressive special effects and unnerving performances.

Incidentally, most hexes can be avoided by not insulting a Wiccan's hairy armpits.

Green Light

Reviewed by Prichards12345 7 / 10

A very good movie which at the same time is too melodramatic

Night of The Eagle (based on Fritz Leiber's splendid novel Burn Witch Burn) would have been a classic with just a little more restraint; as such its last hour is almost a total pitch into non-stop horror, to the extent that it becomes a little overbearing and almost spoils the many superb horror set-pieces.

Peter Wyngarde (yayy - it's Jason King!!!) plays a lecturer at a small town college whose relentless dismissal of the supernatural - even scrawling "I Do Not Believe" on the blackboard during one of his lectures - comes to seem extremely foolish after he burns all his wife's voodoo protections. On some subconscious level Tansy has come to suspect her husband is in danger, and of course, she is right.

This is a movie that can be viewed as a close companion to Night Of The Demon, in that both films show a rigidly disbelieving academic forced to confront the idea that there ARE more things on earth than are dreamt of in their philosophies. Demon is a superior film, but Wyngarde and Janet Blair are far better in their roles than Dana Andrews and Peggy Cummins were in that movie.

There are some brilliantly terrifying scenes to enjoy - the Monkey's Paw style THING that wants ingress while one of Wyngarde's lectures plays on tape, the possession scene, and of course, the eagle itself. Wyngarde unknowingly removes the "Not" from his earlier blackboard pronouncement while menaced by the giant creature. A great little touch.

One must give a mention to Margaret Johnston's terrifically vindictive performance. She almost steals the film from the leads, and, again comparing it to Demon, is as good as Niall McGuinness was as the warlock in that movie. With just a little bit more finesse this could have been an all-time classic. As it is it's still a very good and worthwhile movie.

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