We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
Some slashers are primarily mood pieces, while others are strongly character focused. The Burning is definitely the latter (not that it isn't moody at times too). Maybe it's a camp slasher thing. The Friday movies often have interesting casts (1, 2, 4, 6, 7 especially) and half of Sleepaway Camp's appeal is its bonkers cast and camp antics (those shorts!). The Burning follows suit. Man, it's great. Solid A on the banter and hang-outs.
Hypothesis time: slashers were the ground for a general shift in focus in horror films. Unlike the horror films of the past (and of Europe), the slasher put teenagers in the lead roles (well, "teenagers" anyway). The character driven ones were best…
(Recommended by Todd Gaines)
Film #2 of Fridays with Reelz
"Look, the way we built that raft, they're probably safer than we are."
It's getting closer and closer to midnight (at least where I live) and I didn't want this series to turn into "Saturdays with Reelz", so I'll try and hurry up a little here.
The Burning is one fascinating slasher film. It stands above and beyond most other generic slasher films because of one reason and one reason alone: it gives the audience a reason to be sympathetic towards its killer. Scumbag teenagers (inadvertently) setting me on fire and leaving me as a horrible, disfigured human would surely piss me off too. Cropsy's…
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…
Disfruté mucho las escenas de los asesinatos, sobretodo la de la balsa, fue brutal, todo pasa tan rápido, no pude ni parpadear para no perderme algo. Pero al final me pregunté si por esas escenas había valido tanto la espera; toma la mitad de la película en mostrar ese contraste de la vida cotidiana del campamento (actividades, bromas pesadas, chicas con poca ropa, sed sexual) sin importar el tiempo que esto tome, contra los segundos en los que pasan los asesinatos entre la angustia de la segunda parte.
Me parece que en The Burning, hay algo que destaca más que la masacre, y es el uso del tiempo. Es una película que extiende el tiempo secuencia, no es sólo porque…
La clave en The Burning es la anticipación. Esta película funciona por ser una copia. Ya tenemos la experiencia y el asesino anterior en mente, así que se puede dar el tiempo de jugar con lo que esperamos y con lo que sabemos va a suceder. Los momentos de "ahí viene, ahí vine, jaja no era nada" son comunes en el cine de terror, pero destacan en esta película pues se avienta una hora de ellos. Ahora, mi pregunta es: ¿qué tanto crédito se le puede dar a Harvey Weinstein por la película? Los títulos iniciales lo marcan como autor de la idea original, lo que suena a - A él se le ocurrió copiar a Friday the 13th -…
doesn't do anything fresh for the camp slasher subgenre, but the last act is pretty sweet.
Basically more fun than pretty much all the Friday the 13th films put together. The plotting is all pretty standard but there's a lot more energy here than with most slasher films, and the infamous riverboat massacre is one of the most cinematic in the genre.
I wouldn't call the depiction of the teens progressive. But its not as dismissive of teenage sexuality as the Friday films are (where the older I get the more convinced I am that they were scripted but the guy who never got laid so now he has this violent animosity towards sex). The Burning actually seems to like it's characters and their hijinks and they actually seem to care about their jobs. Glad it has such a nifty Blu ray release and will be more widely seen.
The Burning shares a lot in common with Friday the 13th that came a year before it. The gore is better in "Friday" but with The Burning, you have characters that are actually fun to be around.
It was a delight to see veteran actors like Jason Alexander (playing a character way younger that he actually looks) and Fisher Stevens (Short a Circuit, Hackers).
The film had some great kills, which is what is expected in slasher flicks such as these. And some fun characters.
Cinema Horrorama #22
Dato curioso: Friday the 13th fue estrenada en Estados Unidos el 8 de mayo de 1980 y The burning el 9 de mayo de 1981. O sea, los Weinstein no pierden el tiempo y han sido mañosos desde el inicio de su carrera. Cosa que en películas como The burning, trajo buenos resultados.
Como comentaba en mi review de hace aproximadamente año y medio, de las cosas que más disfruto en The burning es el tiempo que se toma para que conozcamos y apreciemos a los personajes. No es que sean los más complejos en la historia de los slasher, pero aprecio que les dediquen la primera mitad de la película para que sepamos quién…
Me he quedado sorprendido, esto es exactamente lo que espero de un slasher ochentero.
Con un excelente prólogo, pone sobre la mesa todo lo que tienes que saber y te da una idea de como se desarrollara la historia. Se me hizo interesante que aunque sabes desde un inicio quien es el asesino, se oculte su rostro, lo cual hace crecer la expectativa de su aparición.
Me gusto porque se plantea muy bien la historia antes de que empiece a verse la sangre, lo que puede resultar un poco lenta para algunos, pero que recompensa en el ultimo tramo de la película.
Aunque existen cierto paralelismo con Viernes 13, considero que The Burning no cae en lo fantasioso, y resulta…
Rewatched this on bluray, and the attention to detail in the effects impressed me - the sharpened look of the shears helped to sell them as a surprisingly effective weapon, latex molten flesh given an abstract shape but great texture, etc. Also, the realistic yet responsible, (for the time) sympathetic way that teen sex is handled. And Jason Alexander's nascent male pattern baldness.
The Buring had everything that I grew up loving when it comes to a slasher movie. A believable origin story, charming characters, believable nude scenes, and a creepy killer. I have held out on watching this for years because I have heard so many good things about it, and I figured that it could not live up to it. And, it certainly did. I look forward to watching this one again.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- Black Christmas
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
- The Burning
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Hard Boiled
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…