Burn Witch Burn (1962)

Night of the Eagle (1962) movie poster

director Sidney Hayers
viewed: 05/18/2014

If you’re a psychologist who disdains the supernatural, you better hope that your wife is not secretly a witch.  And if she is and then you find out and make her destroy all the totems that she’s acquired to protect you from evil and ensure ongoing luck and happiness, you better hope that you don’t have another witch colleague who has been long gunning for your downfall.  Things might get hairy.

This is a very nice sort of obscure British horror film, co-written by both Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson, two of my favorite writers from The Twilight Zone.  I suppose that it’s no accident then that this film has the feel of a sustained Twilight Zone episode.

The film reminded me of a couple of cool movies, notably Jacques Tourneur’s Night of the Demon (1957) and Mark Robson’s Val Lewton production of  The Seventh Victim (1943).  Demons, witches, and devil worship, oh my!  Quite excellent stuff.

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