I spent Halloween with my buddies Jason and Max, watching Space Station 76 (I totally did not get this movie, not even with three of the hottest men in the world—Matt Bomer, 37; Patrick Wilson, 41; and Matthew Morrison, 36, doing a “Princess Leia” hologram thang—in it) and then Burnt Offerings, the 1976 genre film about a house that rejuvenates itself by feasting on the families that stay within its walls. The latter did not have three of the hottest men in the world in it, but did have a crazy-good cast: Karen Black (1939—2013), Oliver Reed (1938—1999), Eileen Heckart (1919—2001), Burgess Meredith (1907—1997), '70s child star Lee Montgomery, 52, and...oh, yeah...Bette Fucking Davis (1908—1989).
Burnt Offerings is pretty bad, with Black seemingly having been told to act as if in a silent film, and many over-the-top instances that would have had black theater-goers shouting, “Get! Out! Of! The! House!” but we had fun with it. Watching it reminded me that I'd love to re-watch Curse of the Black Widow, a long-forgotten 1977 TV movie about sisters (Donna Mills, 73, and Patty Duke, 67), one of whom was bitten by spiders as a kid and now transforms herself into a giant spider to drain the blood of her victims.
I looked it up and wouldn't ya know it? Curse of the Black Widow and Burnt Offerings share a producer/director, the late Dan Curtis (1927—2006), who was also responsible for the terribly good Trilogy of Terror (1975). Karen Black deserved an Emmy for the latter, as well as an exorcism.
Watch the entire Curse of the Black Widow [also featuring Tony Franciosa (1928—2006), June Allyson (1917—2006) and Sid Caesar (1922—2014)] after the jump...