Based on the Fritz Lieber novel "Conjure Wife", BURN WITCH BURN is the second film version of the novel-the first being the 1944 Lon Chaney Jr vehicle WEIRD WOMAN.
BURN WITCH BURN is a much better film than the Chaney hack job.
It concerns a collage professor who discovers that his wife is a practicing witch-and has been for years. Of course the cluless shmuck makes her burn all her potions and amulets-thus opening him up to evil outside forces.
The story starts out like an episode of the Twilight Zone-very talky-but it soon heats up and goes apes**t. The scene where the Prof is racing to the cottage to save his wife is well done and fast paced-and the camera angles are like early Sam Ramai. And the climax-well-lets just say the films original title was NIGHT OF THE EAGLE.
A great early British film-with a great performance by Peter Wyngarde as the uptight Professor who quickly is reduced to a quivering,screaming mess. Recommended!
OH! Richard Matheson wrote the screenplay!