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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…
If Freddy had a glove made of knives, Michael Myers had a knife and Leatherface had a chainsaw, the horribly deformed former caretaker Cropsy bent on seeking revenge on those who disfigured him because of a fire prank gone wrong, had scissors. Definitely, the scissors are his trademark.
When you know that Tom Savini is in the horror sequences planning and, more specially, in the visual effects, you know you're in for a treat. Be it zombie flicks or the multiplying slasher films during the 80s, the practical effects he could manually achieve were out of this world and easily surpass anything that could be created digitally. Even if he worked in the original Friday the 13th (1980), he shockingly…
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.
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Slasher Camp Double Bill #1
The Burning (1981)
Technically, I watched this one last Halloween, but I decided to do it again this year since I wanted something to pair up with Sleepaway Camp.
You'd be forgiven for mistaking The Burning as just another a Friday the 13th clone, though it was actually put into production first. Aside from that, it's easily one of the more graphic and mean-spirited slashers of it's time. While the setting and tone in The Burning is pretty similar to Friday, it's overall much more explicit in it's depiction of on-screen violence.
It takes place at a summer camp in upstate NY where what was initially meant to be harmless…
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…
A great 80's slasher flick with some great gore effects by the great Tom Savini.
In my opinion it's better than the film it is influenced from, Friday the 13th.
This movie has some great kills and I actually liked some of the characters.
If you enjoy a good 80's slasher film, check this one out!
Features a scene I've never seen in a slasher where, once discovering they're being stalked by a homicidal maniac, all the kids have a collective meltdown where they can't stop crying. At some point in all these slasher movies you have to pick the character you'd be in that situation, and yeah, that'd be me. I'd just fucking lose it.
Little more stylish, little more leering, little more gory, little more likeable than you expect. Lot of good vibrations. Jason Alexander is wonderful. B
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The best thing about this movie is the gore...and the look of the killer....and the killer's backstory....and the cute ladies....and the camp setting....and that raft scene...wow, pretty great movie huh?
Never really picked up on just how mean-spirited this film is. It's got the same basic plot as Madman, also released the same year, but, while that film is a small-budget regional oddity, this one is a slick, ultra-gory (it makes Friday the 13th look quaint) Hollywood affair with an (underrated) Rick Wakeman score.
It's not as weird or interesting as Sleepaway Camp or as iconic as Friday the 13th, but this film has a lot going for it. One of the better films from the first wave of the slasher boom.
Cropsy probably doesn't get enough credit these days for being an iconic slasher villain. His look is fantastic - the giallo all-black with fedora is a cool touch - I love that shot of him in silhouette looking up from the bottom of the stairs at the hooker, and his eventual reveal showcases some great make-up (though Lou David's nostrils do a lot of the heavy lifting.) When he's revealed at the end with the flamethrower (?), it's quite badass. And he's also one brutal fucker too, probably only next to The Prowler (Savini knew that deliberate murders should really fucking hurt.)
Bumped up from 3 to 3 and a half because I really enjoyed this aspect more this rewatch.…
I just finished watching this classic and quite amazing slasher film again, and my sister said "What are you watching, Pokémon 2000?". Because sure enough, Pokémon 2000 ripped off the theme song for The Burning! It also stars the young trio of Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens and Holly Hunter. And I love the Swedish title for the movie, which is Brännmärkt (Branded)!
Pretty good slasher. Great gore and quality acting. The scene where they found the kids on the raft was great!
"Don't move, you're DEAD!" This film is sooo good! The Burning is one of the best in the slasher genre and still stands up today. With it's high body count, on screen gore effects (by Tom Savini) and likable cast this film flys past most of the other slashers that came out in the 80's. If you've never seen The Burning, but enjoy the Friday series, do yourself a favor and watch it!
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Anyway, this is a pretty standard slasher, but that's kind of what's appealing about it!
A nerd gets accidentally set one on fire by fellow campers, 10 years later wants to excise his demons by murdering others.
Good stuff overall, I thought having most of it take place in the woods was a lame idea as a lot of scenes started to look the same, but ultimately this was an above average slasher!
Fans of the genre should definitely give this a whirl. AND Jason fucking Alexander is in this as the comic relief!!! Good shit.
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