Burned at the Stake

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Burned at the Stake (movie)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Also known as The Coming for a CBS Late Night Movie in 1988, Burned at the Stake was originally a 1981 movie. It was directed by Bert I. Gordon and starred Susan Swift (in a dual role), Albert Salmi, and Guy Stockwell. It is set in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts. There, the ghost of a witch insinuates her spirit into the body of her modern-day descendant. This occurs because the spirits of those witches hanged in Salem in 1692 are supposedly trying to gain revenge for their fates.

References in classic literature ?
They're like those Christians that used to be burned at the stake or boiled in oil.
In Naples and ass was condemned to be burned at the stake,
For all they cared it might have been me, instead of my effigy, which these rascals burned at the stake.
The Jesuits were quite balked by those Indians who, being burned at the stake, suggested new modes of torture to their tormentors.
1536: William Tyndale, English religious reformer and translator of the Bible, was burned at the stake as a heretic in Brussels.
1431: Joan of Arc, French peasant girl who became a national heroine, was burned at the stake in Rouen for heresy.
Presented in chronological order, they include events from all eras of history and around the world, such as the acquittal of Joan of Arc of heresy after she had already been burned at the stake, investor Ronald Wayne's decision to sell his stake in Apple before it became a billion-dollar company, Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in 1812, and Pete Best's firing from the Beatles.
For 200 years, Jews were tortured within the palace's walls, and many were then burned at the stake by the Inquisition for secretly practicing Judaism.
Ward-Allen a professional ventriloquist since 1948 had a polished presentation, firstly giving a potted history of ventriloquism through the ages, from the time of ancient Egyptians through African witch doctors to the Middle Ages when anyone suspected of practising the art could be burned at the stake, and to more modern times.
They were said to be those of Joan of Arc, the French national heroine burned at the stake by the English in 14M for being a witch.
She was captured by the english and burned at the stake in 1431.
Her story is extraordinary: a peasant teenager whose two-year involvement in the Hundred Years' War helped to change the course of history in two countries yet a woman burned at the stake as a witch.