Monday, June 10, 2013

BURN, WITCH, BURN / Independent Artists - 1962

It's Black Magic Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. I remember when this movie came out because of Famous Monsters but did not see it at the theater because of my fixation on sci-fi and rubber monsters. The story's about a British college professor who discovers that his wife, unknown to him, has been practicing black magic. He forces her to destroy her assortment of magical charms and protective devices, thinking that she's just being a foolish girl. Then, the fun really begins, from a novel by Fritz Lieber, Jr.

Eegah!! sent over a fun little soundclip from this movie for our listening pleasure, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to the atom powered voodoo doll, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... BURN, WITCH, BURN!

Peter Wyngarde plays college professor Norman Taylor who's skeptical of the occult in his teachings. Peter played Klytus in the 1980 version on FLASH GORDON and was Timanov in four episodes of DOCTOR WHO.

Janet Blair plays his wife, Tansy. For years, she's been practicing magic without his knowledge, but, now that he knows, he wants her to get rid of all the evidence and end her affair with magic. Most of it ends up burned in the fireplace, an interesting assortment of items she has there.

Had to show their black cat, it's annoyed at Norman for some reason. I have two black cats, mama Boo and baby Moon, lucky me!

The original British title for this film is NIGHT OF THE EAGLES, and, there's a damn good reason for that! This shot is at the college campus where the professor teaches.

Strange things are beginning to happen to Norman, making him rethink his position on the power of the occult! Speaking of the occult, I was lucky enough to get to see CURSE OF THE DEMON at the theater in 1957, it was awesome!!

Then, Tansy seems to be hypnotized, she takes a bus and Norman thinks she wants to commit suicide by drowning, so, he follows her to their beach home. He barely saves her after a nightmare of deadly events.

But, she seems to still be in a trance...

Norman is desperate to get to the bottom of his problem, by chance, he listens to a recording that sheds some light on the subject. Him and Tansy have been set up by another witch, Flora Carr, an associate of Norman's at the college. Margaret Johnston plays Flora, she is actually a pretty scary character because she's very good at conjuring! Margaret was also in THE PSYCHOPATH.

To prove her point, she starts Norman's house on fire as Tansy sleeps.

Norman runs away and is then attacked by the huge eagle after Flora conjures it up from the stone eagle overlooking the campus! Some justice at the end when the heavy stone bird falls off it's perch and lands squarely on Flora!!!


Douglas McEwan said...

Such a good movie, and an even better book.

Peter Wyngarde was also great fun in Epic, a particularly classic episode of The Avengers, in which he plays a loony old filmstar menacing Mrs Peel.

Eegah!! said...

I'd like to meet a girl named Tansy for some reason!

Spookycatboy said...

Great Movie, but Douglas McEwan should have mentioned that it ends very differently from the book.

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