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Burnt Offerings (1976)

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Commentary 1: Director Dan Curtis, co-writer William F. Nolan, and actor Karen Black Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on June 12th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Sadly, 2 of the 3 participants in this commentary are no longer around. Karen Black is in her vintage "eccentric" mode, and thankfully it enlivens the gathering throughout. Writer Nolan, a frequent collaborator with Curtis, gamely attempts to moderate by peppering in a few questions for Karen and Director Curtis. The initial story of "Offerings" origin is probably the most interesting anecdote. Curtis had come across the novel and was extremely disappointed with its' open-ended ending. "Burnt Offerings" was a project he had hold of for some time before a chance proposition from Sergio Leone allowed him to finally create the film. Shot, as well as hastily written, in 1975, "Offerings" starred a then pregnant Black. Karen seems a bit annoyed by the "mark" of "Offerings and "Trilogy of Terror" on her career, essentially typecasting her as the "go-to" Horror heroine of the day. Ms. Black lets you into her whole acting process, eschewing the "star" peculiarities of, say Betty Davis, for her natural "effortless" style. Not the most galling thing said between the trio. That distinction goes to Curtis, in response to Nolan's query, "what or who are your influences?" Answer: "Nobody." Sure, the use of deep focus and low-angles revealing every ceiling? "Citizen Kane?" Never heard of him. Still, quite a bit of information, and fans of "Offerings" should enjoy. Just, mind the egos. 6/10