Rent Night of the Eagle (1962)

3.5 of 5 from 74 ratings
1h 24min
Rent Night of the Eagle (aka Burn, Witch, Burn) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Professor Norman Taylor (Peter Wyngarde) seemingly has it all - a great job, the envy of his colleagues, the perfect wife and a healthy skepticism when it comes to all things supernatural. However, over the course of a weekend, Taylor discovers that his wife Tansy (Janet Blair) is a witch and that she has been practicing witchcraft ever since their honeymoon - apparently in an effort to protect him from jealous colleagues and assist his rise within the department.
Despite her anguished protestations and warnings, he insists on destroying all the magic paraphernalia in the house and tries to carry on as normal, turning a blind eye to the possibility that his wife and her black magic could in some way have been behind his success. That is until the very next day when things in his life start going badly wrong...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Albert Fennell
Voiced By:
Paul Frees
Writers:
Fritz Leiber Jr., Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, George Baxt
Aka:
Burn, Witch, Burn
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Classics, Horror, Thrillers
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BBFC:
Release Date:
29/04/2007
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/07/2024
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Burn Witch, Burn: Anna Bogutskaya on 'Night of the Eagle'
  • Archive Interview with Peter Wyngarde
  • US Theatrical Trailer
  • UK Theatrical Trailer
  • US Alternate Opening Credits
  • Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Richard Matheson
  • Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery

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Reviews (1) of Night of the Eagle

Supernatural Thriller. - Night of the Eagle review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
09/09/2023

Energetic occult thriller which overcomes its familiar set up to deliver an adrenaline rush which never lets up. Peter Wyngarde plays an erudite psychology professor on campus at a British university who has a rigid belief in rationality. But after he gets his credulous wife (Janet Blair) to burn her voodoo paraphernalia, his world starts to fall apart.

This is the third version of the novel The Conjurer Wife, and the premise of the scientific mind in conflict with the supernatural has been explored many times; including the similarly titled Night of the Demon. This isn't quite as good, but there is an intelligent script and Sidney Hayers' kinetic direction- plus a rousing score- make it an exhilarating spellbinder.

Wyngarde was a late substitute for Peter Cushing. Which was an advantage as the replacement brought a muscular vitality. Hard to imagine the lean, wan Hammer star being chased around the quad by a paranormal eagle in the rousing climax. Margaret Johnson gives a wonderfully strange performance as the conjurer wife's rival.

There's a transatlantic feel to the production, perhaps because the adaptation was by veterans of The Twilight Zone. The limited sets suggest a small budget but this gives the film a feeling of entrapment, enhanced by the web of noirish shadows. The effects and stunts are fine. There's nothing new here, but it's rarely done as well.

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