It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…
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.
Personally I think The Burning is a little overrated and prefer Friday the 13th but that isn't to say it isn't enjoyable enough. It just isn't that special either.
Tom Savini, Tom Savini, Tom Savini, Tom Savini, Tom Savini ...
Tom Savini is a genius, and like "The Prowler" and "Maniac", "The Burning" soars because of Tom Savini involvement. There are a whole bunch of "Friday the 13th" rip-offs (The Burning might be the best), but when it comes to gore effects - no one matches Tom Savini.
The Burning should probably be classed in the second level of killing-kids-on-camp films but only just behind Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp. If it had been actually scary at all and if not for few odd directions in the film it could have been a classic.
The plot is very familiar – After a horrible prank goes wrong and a fire disfigures a camp caretaker the legend of the cropsy killer is born and told around campfires. Many years later the campers are dying for real.
Very much your standard set-up, however this time there is no guessing as to the killer is as we know right from the start. This where some of the poor writing and plotting…
anyone wanna go to summer camp ?
Pravi biser iz 80' toga žanra, jedan od boljih slašera što sam gledao!
Pretty entertaining and it was kinda surprising to see Jason Alexander with hair (I really liked his character as well). Oh, and there's that kid from Fast Times at Ridgemont High who I never saw in anything since!
The Burning is another crazy 80's slasher flick that I enjoyed while watching, but probably won't remember most of within the next few days.
"The Burning" is hands down my favorite slasher film of the 80's..
I personally love the killer in the woods slashers the best and this is the perfect premise.This film starts as a flashback "of course".
The kids at a summer camp play a trick that goes terribly wrong on Cropsy the mean spirited grounds keeper and he is burned beyond recognition, Flash to hospital where the horribly burned and disfigured Cropsy is being treated and going through physical therapy then released with a warning that it will take him awhile to adjust to being in the outside in his disfigured state.
Flash to the seedy part of Times square he picks up a prostitute and when she reacts in…
Infamous hedge clipper massacre scene! George Costanza with hair! Plenty of summer camp.....camp.
What the Weinsteins did on their summer holidays in 1981. Better than Friday 13th Part II. No wonder Tom Savini opted to work on it.
- Black Christmas
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
- The Burning
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Down by Law
- Hard Boiled
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…