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A caretaker at a summer camp is burned when a prank goes tragically wrong. After several years of intensive treatment at hospital, he is released back into society, albeit missing some social skills. What follows is a bloody killing spree with the caretaker making his way back to his old stomping ground to confront one of the youths that accidently burned him.
Cropsy might not wear a mask but he's a scary fuckin' killer. A prank. Stop, Drop, Roll. A site for sore eyes. Your last trick. Bloody scissors. Sally's shower. Soapy suds. The way Michelle looks in her jeans. Girl talk. Underage smoking. Glazer's wife-beater t-shirt. The way Todd takes control. A Fast Times dork. Triple moon. Penthouse. Cafeteria shenanigans. Campfire tales. Fast talkin' Eddie. Skinny dippin'. Karen's tan lines. The Garden Shears of Death. The raft ride from fuckin' Hell. Cut, Stab, Die. Ticklish Todd. A sleeping bag. Scared shitless Costanza. Silent Holly Hunter. Flashbacks. The Blow Torch of Doom. An ugly-fuck. Gag-a-dork. Burn, Motherfucker, Burn. My favorite 80's slasher. Tom fuckin' Savini is a fuckin' genius. Every kill is…
So much better than Friday The 13th.
A mutual love for The Burning helped ignite the relationship that resulted in the marriage between Richard and I.
For that biased reason alone, this movie deserves every star and heart I'm able to offer it.
Summer camp. 1981. Big hair. Short shorts. Knee high socks. Canoes. Swimming. Baseball. Sex. S'mores. Sex. Campfires. Urban legends. Psychotic deformed murderers.
And more sex.
That is the humid and nostalgic atmosphere for The Burning, a 1981 slasher film that has become somewhat of a hidden classic among the slasher genre. It got buried underneath its competing slasher Titan, Friday The 13th. When you put the two films side by side its both easy and hard to see why one got big and one got left to the side. Friday The 13th was probably the better film and had a lot of elements that would establish the criteria for cheap 80's slasher films. Its setting was more fleshed out and…
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“So don't look; he’ll see you. Don’t breathe; he’ll hear you. Don’t move; you’re dead!”
I am thirty-two years old, hurtling headlong toward thirty-three. This does not make me old, of course, but it does mean my youth is quickly fading. On the whole, I’m fine with this development—it makes little sense to decry the inevitable—but occasionally I will become wistful for the days when my back didn’t hurt, when hangovers were but a fleeting myth, when my metabolism was not slowing to a crawl. It is on those occasions that a film like The Burning comes in handy. For in the world of The Burning, age is an infinitely flexible concept.
Take, for example, Alfred (Brian…
Though there's too much leering, this is otherwise a fairly great but formulaic slasher. I imagine those who love it love it for the Savini effects and creeepy score (even if I am not Rick Wakeman's biggest fan, this score works for me) and the surprising number of stars who would go on to big things (I didn't even recognize Holly Hunter, what am I blind, and it took me 20 minutes to realize that was Jason "Dunston Checks In" Alexander--but I spotted Fisher Stevens right away what are my priorities).
I especially loved the sudden, swift violence on the raft that ended up being the bulk of the film's kills all in the space of a minute. I also…
A slightly better Friday the 13th, but a worse Sleepaway Camp. Totally digestible to watch, has some decent effects courtesy of Tom Savini. Jason Alexander is in it, kinda. It's alright, I guess.
a total ripoff of friday the 13th but it tweek enough to make it's own. a lot of well known young actors in these that would later become bigger. the usual stellar work from tom savini. i just wish the score was better. this were friday the 13th is better.
Aside from the Savini effects, nothing to see here.
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I haven't seen the Friday the 13th series in years, so I can't really compare, and I'm just going to judge this movie on its own merit.
It has some great shots, lots of fun '80s camp' scenes, and a some good gore. The raft massacre was especially great, since it came out of nowhere and NO ONE survived. But overall, it all feels really unbalanced, as if they were sort of making things up as they went along, and not in the inspired way. Add to that it felt like a no-budget movie with not much love put into it, where they're just sort of slapping stuff together. I can't believe they actually superimposed an image of that one…
I put off watching this for years. I had heard about this movie for so long, I just at some point heard that it was lesser to Friday the 13th. And so, I felt like I didn't want to watch it. I figured I was a dummy, and decided to give it a go, and I'm glad I did. I definitely prefer this to the Friday the 13th films. A solid horror flick.
A camp caretaker horribly disfigured in a teenage prank returns to the camp five years later to seek bloody revenge.
Unoriginal music, direction, execution, and a xerox copy plot line make it just a plain rip off of superior films, with even Tom Savini's makeup effects and a half decent finale unable to make much of a difference.
Not exactly a hot one, though look for Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter in small roles.
Has not aged well. The 12 year old me would hate me right now.
We find ourselves on a journey with a psychopathic, wordless monster of a man, stalking and slaughtering nubile, young teenagers at a summer camp. Is this Halloween or is it Friday the 13th? No. It's The Burning!
A bunch of teenage assholes don't like the creepy caretaker, Cropsey. Deciding to play a prank on the poor bastard, they place a flaming skull next to his bed during the middle of the night. Suddenly, waking up in horror, Cropsey knocks the skull onto his bed sheets and ends up hideously burned.
Five years later he is wheeled out of the hospital and immediately proceeds to go on a murderous rampage. In other words, its another entry in the flood of slasher…
That skull really wasn't that scary.
80 favorite movies from the 80s. I've attempted to put them in order. There's a lot of movies I need…
Movies that are slightly off.