A legend of terror isn't a campfire story anymore!
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.
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…
Mystery March Challenge - Week Three
It's summer camp time, and the young adults are feeling frisky. Hormones are raging, and unfortunately so is a garden shears wielding burn-victim janitor maniac. He's hiding in the woods, creeping up on naked ladies, and generally wreaking bloody havoc with his perfectly silhouetted weapon.
A brilliantly corny and cliché ridden slasher horror, The Burning is surprisingly entertaining despite its grating 80s score. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, and to be honest I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. It didn't scare me or shock me, but it really entertained me, and not for one moment did I find myself getting bored. This…
Tonight's the night. Cropsy's going to get what he deserves.
Tony Maylam's film is quite possibly the most evil horror film ever made. It does something that no other can claim, and it truly changed films forever. This is where it all started. Harvey and Bob Weinstein's first feature film. Harvey didn't just act as producer either, but came up with the story while Bob co-wrote the script. Hollywood is still dealing with these ramifications to this day.
On the surface The Burning is nothing more then a Friday the 13th ripoff which came out the year prior. Harvey of course claims that he came up with the story a…
Horror Slasher, Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter and a few other young faces you might recognize.
So really late last night or early this morning it was 4 AM, I wanted to watch a good 80's slasher but Netflix didn't have what I was looking for. While looking I came across this, I had never heard of it before so it sounded the most interesting. Boy did I get lucky, this was so good. What I liked most about this is that it's not about the slasher, it's actually about the people in the movie. You have a group of campers who play a joke on someone and it goes bad and they get burnt really bad. So naturally they come…
A hideously burned killer with a large, scissor-like weapon seeks revenge on teens. I bet Wes Craven watched this movie like 5 times before making Nightmare on Elm Street.
Anyway, George Castanza is in this and the killer cuts people up so hard that it's awesome.
Looks like a Friday the 13th ripoff, but possibly better.
The Burning - masterminded by the Weinsteins no less, and boasting a score by Rick Wakeman - is an above average slasher, cut from Friday The 13th's well-worn cloth. The usual tropes are all here (summer camp, disfigured local with psychological problems), but it holds up thanks to some fine effects and photography. The performances are solid if not spectacular, certainly as good as you'd hope from this kind of thing. Briefly notorious thanks to it's temporary placing on the 'video nasties' list, this is one of the better movies to suffer a ban during that time, but still grubby enough to leave a bad taste, if that's what you're after.
"After you see this guy, you'll never want to come back in here again. Man, this guy is so burned, he's cooked! A fucking Big Mac, overdone!"
Even though The Burning is a rip off of Friday the 13th (but instead of the antagonist drowning, he burns), it's probably the only practically correct slasher from the 1980's. The camp leader who is burned didn't die at the start, he just went to hospital for five years. He wasn't a bitch and got his Mother to do the killing for him nor wait in a lake then pop up as a zombie to kill teenagers.
It was hilarious to see Jason Alexander with hair playing a jock.
Definitely on the higher end of average, The Burning is a slasher movie which borrows heavily but still satisfies. Particularly notable for featuring Jason Alexander amongst a cast of likeable kids and Tom Savini brings some nice kills. This film is pretty much everything you could hope for from a slasher.
Halloween Hype 2013, Part XXIV
Watched this for the first time last year, on YouTube, and fell in love. Fired up the blu-ray for the first time to start my Halloween day viewings. A summer camp slasher classic that delivers everything - great setting, motivation for the killer, fantastic effects from Tom Savini, interesting score (also love the lack of score in a couple key scenes), Carrick Glenn, that tremendous raft massacre scene and so much more. The Scream Factory blu-ray is fantastic. A gorgeous print and plethora of worthy extras that I look forward to digging into at a later date.
An overlooked gem of the slasher genre that just happens to be one of the first films made by the Weinsteins.
There's a weird thing with the casting where all the teenagers look 30 and all the camp counselors look like they're 20. Silly.
There's a scene where George Castanza (sporting awful hair) stars at a woman in a bikini while his friend berates him with cliche dialogue about wanting to tap that gorgeous ass. The problem is that woman has no ass at all! All the black men in the audience lost their suspension of disbelief right there.
Surpisingly well written. Especially when you consider that it was partially written by none other than Harvey Weinstein.
The acting didn't make me want to kill myself, and George Costanza has hair.
Really, those were the only 2 things that made me want to watch this.
The Burning is a vintage ’80s slasher movie known more for its cast and production team then for its mediocre material. This is the first film by mega producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein of Miramax Films. It also marked the screen debuts of Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter and Fisher Stevens. The gore and effects were also done by the all time great Tom Savini.
Like Friday the 13th and many other films like it, The Burning takes place at a summer camp in upstate New York. The story follows the campfire story of Cropsy who years back was horribly burned in a prank gone wrong. He now roams the woods getting his revenge on future generations of campers. Cropsy’s weapon…
I'm not the biggest slasher fan (it doesn't stop me coming back for more punishment though) but this, the first few F13s, MBV and The Prowler all do it for me. Maybe Because they mostly feature great gore from Mr Savini himself. The Burnihg always stood slightly above most of the 2nd tier of slashers, not only because of the gore but because most of the characters are likable. It also never drags which gives it huge props from me. Perfect Friday night viewing, great for any Halloween events and definitely one everyone should have in their collection
This slasher film, in the summer camp mode made profitable by Friday the 13th the year prior, is a part of Scream Factory's immaculate Blu-Ray reissue line. The film's storyline involves a severely-burned caretaker, injured in an abortive prank, who returns to a camp in order to butcher a batch of teenagers similar to those who disfigured him. The Burning is a fascinating historical document, both for its involvement with the early days of Miramax and the Weinstein brothers' meteoric rise, as well as because of the small roles the film provided for Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter. Moreover, the film gains a full star in my book because of the excellent score by Yes' Rick Wakeman, which perfectly captures a particular moment of horror soundtrack composition.