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…
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…
(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…
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…
Sleepway Camp llegó después y esto es más divertido que los Albóndigas y más cruel que Viernes 13
Es la polla.
Though still arguably even the best of the sub-sub-genre, this is nonetheless a not-very-good "camp slasher" film from 1981, and also one of the movies included in the infamous DPP list of 'video nasties' back in 1983. Happily it is redeemed by a couple of surprisingly super-violent and quite stylishly directed murder set pieces, a Rick Wakeman-written synth score, and a film debut from Seinfeld's Jason Alexander.
Tonight is old-school slasher night, and a film that I've been looking forward to seeing for a long time.
About a year ago, I looked into the list of 'video nasties', a number of films that were banned or heavily cut in the UK due to their excessive violence, and while I never actually watched any at the time I tried my damnedest to find some good ol', ultraviolent clips. My favourite clip, and one that I've watched again and again on youtube, was from The Burning . The infamous raft scene. A scene that sums up all that was good about 80's slashers.
In fact, The Burning is a pretty good touchstone for the slasher sub-genre. Savini gore, synth-laden score and skinny dipping. It may not have been quite as scary as I had hoped/feared it would be, but it's a fun little ride.
Solid early slasher with a lot of recognizable faces. Goes for density of kills over quantity.
This comment was written in 2011:
Very well shot, the acting is mostly top notch, and there are 2 excellent death scenes. One of which is pic'd here, neither of which I count as being the unbelievably overrated raft sequence. Apart from that- the music score isn't anything special, the story is shit, the characters have no character (which leaves all the charisma on the actors and most of them have none), there's enough pointless sleaze to fill the grand canyon, and it's infrequently ever any fun. It's stupid yet not compellingly stupid. However, the opening did show some promise and I did laugh once during the Burn Unit scene- although, I doubt that was its' intended reaction.
I'd never got around to watching this as I assumed it was just a rip-off of 'Friday the 13th'. Although there are many similarities it seems it was actually written before or at the same time as Sean S. Cunningham's classic and is based on a scary urban legend that became popular at American summer camps in the 1960's and 70's.
There's some good T&A and a fun musical score from Prog Rock icon Rick Wakeman. It also features a young Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld), has good gore effects from Tom Savini, and launched the careers of Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein.
It's generally an entertaining slasher with a strong start. There's then an unexpected Giallo style sequence which…
Above average slasher (written by the Weinstein Brothers!) with some nicely composed sequences -- loved those tracking shots through the forest and the silhouetted murderer in the boat. It also boldly replaces the final girl with a grody teen-boy peeper. Unlike other camp outings gone gory entries in the horror genre, I actually cared about these characters a little. They had no particular hand in creating the burn victim murderer and were just looking to have a fun time at camp. No asshole horn dog camp counselors here (aside from one or two). This made the violent deaths hit a little harder later on in the picture. And violent they were! The severed fingers were probably my favorite effects shot, but there's also neck piercings, forehead slashings, and full body burnings galore. Keep an eye out for full-haired Jason Alexander as an especially sassy camp kid.
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