PG | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family moves into a large old mansion that seems to have a mysterious and maybe even sinister power over their actions.
George Roy Hill and Mark Rydell were both approached about directing the film, but both eventually passed on it.
I hate this place! I want to get of here. I HATE IT!
Ben's shock dramatic jump from the small upstairs bedroom window at the end of the movie - confirmed by Dan Curtis on the Burnt Offerings commentary - is both out of character and beyond reason. Ben has not shown any suicidal tendencies, and, while his distress is acceptable, he would still not have reacted in such a strange and extreme manner to his wife's erratic behavior (which in any case has been obvious throughout the film). The scene exists purely for dramatic effect.