Monster of the Day #630

Really nice movie, finally available DVD. Well, DVD-R, but still. And interesting compare and contrast with Universal’s version with Lon Chaney Jr. (The ending of which foretells the climax of Flowers in the Attic.)

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Is this BURN, WITCH, BURN? If not, I seem to recall a similar scene in that.

    BWB was on Netflix instant (where I saw it, before I dropped the “instant” part).

  • sandra

    Wasn’t the Chaney movie called Weird Woman ? BTW, if Chaney has a moustache in one of his movies,it means he’s supposed to be sexually attractive.

  • Yes, I believe so. It’s been a bit since I’ve screened it, however. Still, one of the very few really good witchcraft movies I can recall (along with HORROR HOTEL and Hammer’s THE WITCHES) as a Christian viewer.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Yeah, quite atmospheric and subtle overall, though the hero had one of the worst cases of Sheer Stubborn Pigheadedness I have ever seen.

  • The title is BURN, WITCH, BURN? By any chance do you know if the plot is taken from an A. Merritt novel of the same name?

  • Beckoning Chasm

    I think it’s actually Fritz Leiber’s “Conjure Wife.”

    This is all going to look silly if the movie is NOT “Burn Witch Burn.”

  • I sort of resemble Chaney, and I’m still a bachelor so I guess you have a point. I guess I should also be glad that I wasn’t able to grow such a mustache, because I tried a couple of times!

  • Yeah. If I were going to do a monster from BURN WITCH BURN, I would have gone with the giant bird!

  • Ken_Begg

    I couldn’t find a good still of it, and anyway, this actually fit this week’s theme, being ’60s-era Brit reinventions of classic movie monsters; zombie, vampire, werewolf and witch.

  • Ken_Begg

    Nope. It’s the best of at least three adaptations of Fritz Leiber’s novel Conjure Wife.

  • Ah! Thanks for clearing that up. I’ll have to read that novel one of these days.

  • Luke Blanchard

    The British title was NIGHT OF THE EAGLE. I’ve only seen the latter part of the film, but it was very well done, with some top-notch acting.

  • Ken_Begg

    Yeah, he’d get along well with Dana Andrews from Night of the Demon.