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Burnt Offerings

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'You can't trust anyone who sleeps with monsters'. That's what Anita Blake had always believed. But now she was sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the city. So when an arsonist began to target vampire victims, the creatures of the night turned to their former enemy. For now only 'The Executioner' could save them from the inferno.

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Book 7 of the 'Anita Blake Vampire Hunter' series. Amount of queer content unconfirmed

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Overall Rating: B-     Queer vampire Rating: D    

BURNT OFFERINGS (1976 - movie) is a spooky melodrama about Oliver Reed (OLIVER), Karen Black (TRILOGY OF TERROR), their cute son Lee Montgomery (BEN) and their 'hip' aunt Bette Davis who rent a summer home which harbors an unseen evil. An early AMITYVILLE HORROR (this came out 3 years earlier), spooky occurrences begin within moments of the family arriving.

After a short time we discover the house is actually draining the life out of the inhabitants to resuscitate life within itself (i.e. the weaker Bette Davis becomes, the healthier the garden grows). As it weakens them it also begins to take over their minds, with Black and Reed - whose marriage is crumbling - becoming the most obvious targets.

There are plenty of suspense sequences, the best being when Reed tries to drown his own child in the swimming pool and Davis, on her deathbed, being pursued by a casket bearing pall bearer. The story is rather slow moving, however, which is why the B- is needed. When horror kicks in, though, you'll find it's worth the wait. Also, you'll note that for a PG rated film, there's a surprisingly excessive amount of blood, especially during the climax. Aaahhh, the '70's.

There's very little 'queer' horror here. I'm guessing icon's Davis and Black are the reason it's listed here. Reed displays a bit 'o curiosity, but not enough for one to assume he's a repressed homosexual.

If you have a lazy afternoon, take time out for this hard to find flick.


By: stormy ( stormynites@bellsouth.net )
Overall Rating: B     Queer vampire Rating: C    

The book was great in my opinion. It had fear, love, loss, all strong emotions. I have most of her books, except for just a few of the early ones. MY biggest problem is in all her books, except the last 3, is that she is a prude. She is finally growing up but still has a little more to go.


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