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      Burn, Witch, Burn!

      1962 1h 30m Horror List
      80% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 65% Audience Score 250+ Ratings When a British professor (Peter Wyngarde) ties his success to his wife's (Janet Blair) black magic, he destroys her voodoo kit. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Oct 17 Buy Now

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      Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Atmospheric and underplayed in the tradition of Val Lewton. Dec 10, 2007 Full Review Time Out Sidney Hayers shoots the whole thing with an almost Wellesian flourish, and the script (by Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson) is structured with incredible tightness. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Nicholas Bell Lovers of classic supernatural cinema should appreciate this underrated gem from Sidney Hayers. Rated: 3/5 Oct 21, 2020 Full Review Michael Barrett PopMatters It's like a full-length episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller TV series, very stylishly done. Rated: 6/10 May 1, 2018 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand [A] smartly-turned thriller about witchcraft, skepticism and dark magic adapted from the Fritz Leiber novel "Conjure Wife" by two of the masters of fantasy, horror and suspense: Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont... Feb 4, 2018 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing The majority of Sidney Hayers' career would be spent as a journeyman director for American television -- his countless credits include Galactica 1980 and Acapulco H.E.A.T. -- but he provides the right measure of sustained menace for this impressive film. Rated: 3/4 Sep 12, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Dave S It's always a bit surprising to stumble across what appears to be a low-budget movie with the American International Pictures studio logo attached to it that isn't a piece of crap. Surprisingly, Burn, Witch, Burn! is one of those movies. When a professor and skeptic (Peter Wyngarde) discovers that his wife (Janet Blair) is a witch, he does what any concerned skeptic would do – burn everything that even closely resembles something associated with the dark arts. Unfortunately for all involved, this unleashes a string of unfortunate occurrences, leading to mayhem and death. It's nowhere as dumb as it sounds, thanks to solid performances, a decent script, and a genuinely eerie atmosphere throughout. It's the kind of film that will be forgotten about the day after you watch it, but it's interesting enough to hold your interest for ninety minutes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Based upon the 1943 Fritz Leiber novel Conjure Wife, this movie was called Day of the Eagle in the UK before getting a title that sounded more like a horror movie for American audiences. The book had already been adapted once before as Weird Woman in 1944 and then one more time afterward in 1979 as Witches' Brew. The American version also has an opening in complete blackness where the voice of Paul Frees reads a spell intended to protect the audience from the evil within the film. Filmgoers also were given a special pack of salt and the words to an ancient incantation. Man, going to the movies used to be awesome. American-International Pictures knew how to sell an occult movie! Written by a combination of Charles Beaumont (The Masque of the Red Death, several great Twilight Zone episodes), Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, Duel) and George Baxt (Shadow of the Cat, The City of the Dead), this is the story of Norman Taylor (Peter Wyngarde, Klytus from Flash Gordon), a man who discovers that all of his career success is due to the magic skills of his wife. As soon as he demands that she burns all of her magical ephemera, everything in his life goes wrong By the end of the movie, his rational view of the world must confront the fact that magic truly exists. It also posits that women are the magic workers of the world and that men just stumble through, a view I can completely agree with. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Adoro las cintas como Night of the Demon o esta Arde, Bruja, Arde, que juegan con la fina línea de la paranoia, elescepticismo, la superstición y la conspiranoia, hasta tal punto con incluso viendo lo paranormal bailando frente a nosotros, aun somos capaces de encontrar aspectos logicos en ella. Por supuesto ayuda que las actuaciones estan mucho más a la altura de lo que una película como esta se suele merecer. Además se consigue crear una historia oscura e interesante con poca parafernalia y trucaje, lo cual siempre es un más. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member A superb horror film in all respects. It's got a wonderful creepy atmosphere which builds and builds and builds as the story progresses. The ending of this film is what really sticks with the viewer. "Burn, Witch, Burn" manages to build a lot of suspense along the way to it's impressive climax. It's creative cinematography and flip-flopping of traditional horror movie gender roles make it a unique movie experience. Intelligent English horror. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review joel h Burn, Witch, Burn feels like a 30-minute episode of Twilight Zone stretched into 90 minutes. There's a lot of unnecessary filler and repetitive plot points. It's an interesting concept, though, and there are some suspenseful moments. It just needed a stronger third act and it could have been something special. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member When I saw this movie was playing on the Comet channel, where the typical movie is um, not terribly well made, I thought this would be another such case. Happily though, I was wrong! Great film, full of suspense and visually a treat for the sixties. The twists keep coming along with the scares. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis When a British professor (Peter Wyngarde) ties his success to his wife's (Janet Blair) black magic, he destroys her voodoo kit.
      Sidney Hayers
      Leslie Parkyn, Julian Wintle
      Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, George Baxt
      Production Co
      Independent Artists Pictures
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 13, 2017
      1h 30m
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