Burnt Offerings/Fun Facts

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  • In his DVD commentary, director Dan Curtis explains that he dropped an entire 15-minute opening with the family in New York, seeing the ad about the house for rent in the paper and Ben getting a parking ticket, because it was "boring".
  • Karen Black was four months pregnant during the shoot, and explains that her belly was concealed with some clever wardrobe tactics.
  • The shot where the vines seize Oliver Reed's legs during the escape attempt were actually done in reverse. The vines were originally unwrapped from the legs and dragged off, but in reverse the vines appear to grab his legs.
  • The haunting flashbacks that Ben Rolf has about the creepy chauffeur were based off of an actual childhood experience of Dan Curtis. Curtis recalled as a young child being at his mothers funeral and seeing a chauffeur laughing outside of the funeral parlor which disturbed him deeply. He wrote the memory into the film and the chauffeur became a most eerie character.
  • According to Dan Curtis there were no sets built for the film at all, it was filmed entirely on location.
  • The house featured in this film would later be used as the funeral home in the film Phantasm.
  • In the commentary with director Dan Curtis, he says that he actually read the novel 'Burnt Offerings' years before he got the offer to direct this film. Curtis said that he hated the open-ended conclusion of the novel and at the time thought to himself that he would pity anyone who would attempt to make it into a movie. Ironically years later the offer to direct the movie version of the novel came to him and the first thing he did was write an ending that he liked - the one featured in the film.
  • The Dunsmuir House, located in Oakland, California would also be featured in The Vineyard, and So I Married an Axe Murderer, as well as in A View to a Kill, True Crime, and even Little Girls Blue.
  • According to the DVD commentary, the movie was filmed in 30 days in August 1975.
  • Burnt Offerings is one of Stephen King's favorite horror movies.
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