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Burn Witch Burn

Released 1962
Distributor AIP

Originally shot as Night of the Eagle, this clever supernatural thriller is the second adaptation of Fritz Leiber’s 1943 occult novel Conjure Wife, filmed again in 1980 as Witches’ Brew. Although the screenplay is credited to vet sci fi scribes Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont, British writer George Baxt has long claimed he was responsible for an underground rewrite. US distributor AIP added a silly but fun prologue with Paul Frees intoning various warnings about witchery.

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About Sam Hamm

Failed cartoonist Sam Hamm turned to screenwriting when he realized he would never be able to draw like Alex Toth. His feature credits include Never Cry Wolf, Batman, Batman Returns, and Monkeybone. Hamm also created the short-lived television series M.A.N.T.I.S. in collaboration with Sam Raimi. Most recently, he has written two episodes of the cable series Masters of Horror for director Joe Dante: Homecoming (for which he won a Best Screenplay award at the Sitges International Film Festival) and The Screwfly Solution.

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