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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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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“So don't look; he’ll see you. Don’t breathe; he’ll hear you. Don’t move; you’re dead!”
I am thirty-two years old, hurtling headlong toward thirty-three. This does not make me old, of course, but it does mean my youth is quickly fading. On the whole, I’m fine with this development—it makes little sense to decry the inevitable—but occasionally I will become wistful for the days when my back didn’t hurt, when hangovers were but a fleeting myth, when my metabolism was not slowing to a crawl. It is on those occasions that a film like The Burning comes in handy. For in the world of The Burning, age is an infinitely flexible concept.
Take, for example, Alfred (Brian…
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…
Though there's too much leering, this is otherwise a fairly great but formulaic slasher. I imagine those who love it love it for the Savini effects and creeepy score (even if I am not Rick Wakeman's biggest fan, this score works for me) and the surprising number of stars who would go on to big things (I didn't even recognize Holly Hunter, what am I blind, and it took me 20 minutes to realize that was Jason "Dunston Checks In" Alexander--but I spotted Fisher Stevens right away what are my priorities).
I especially loved the sudden, swift violence on the raft that ended up being the bulk of the film's kills all in the space of a minute. I also…
A superior FRIDAY THE 13TH clone that doesn't switch locations from summer camp, but stays long enough to see the kids arrive. Like the former movie, there are affable, down-to-earth characters we don't want to see get chopped up; and director Tony Maylam, similarly (i.e. realistically), depicts the activities of and relationships within such an environment. Our killer, the burned Cropsy, remains in the shadows for the most part, though there's no doubt as to who's mercilessly slaughtering these children. There's a decent budget here for an '80s slasher, being the first picture produced by Harvey Weinstein. The performances range from tolerably silly to quite exceptional. Tom Savini's gore effects are not perfect but certainly eye-opening and iconic within horror…
Super fun 80's slasher. Cheesy in parts but has a great atmosphere and good effects. What raises it above the level of a Friday The 13th for example is that the kids and the teachers of the summer camp are genuinely fun to spend time with.
Other than Tom Savini's excellent effects, this movie is super basic and has no sense of pacing whatsoever.
Not enough slashers involve a flame thrower.
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Who knew that yet, another slasher film taking place at a camp, would end up being the best Friday The 13th film (I find it better than the first 5 films, although maybe on par with 4). I mean that too. The Burning is one hell of a slasher. In a period where it was either modeled after Halloween or Friday The 13th, this one is influenced heavily by the latter, though it goes into it's own tale and simply becomes it's own little beast. One of Miramax's first films, The Weinstein Brothers did good, damn good with this one.
I was never a fan of the first Friday The 13th (God, I…
Geoff T’s 2015 Hoop-Tober 2.0 Challenge
"They never found his body, but they say his spirit lives in the forest. This forest. A maniac, a thing no longer human. Right now he's out there. Watching. Waiting. So don't look; he'll see you. Don't breathe; he'll hear you. Don't move; you're dead!"
While this early 80s slasher may initially come across as a Friday the 13th clone (despite it's script being conceived before the release of said film), it's actually one of the more graphic and disturbing slashers of it's time. While the setting and tone is pretty similar, it's overall much more explicit in it's depiction of on-screen violence, hence it's notoriety in the UK as a "video nasty" back…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Hey man, it’s just not Halloween without a slasher flick. Last year, I watched “The Prowler,” my vote for best eighties slasher ever, at least outside the big franchises. That movie featured spectacular gore effects from Tom Savini. In 1981, the first wave of American slasher was still going strong, so Savini was busy. He also contributed effects to “The Burning,” another flick dismissed by the mainstream as sleazy and cheesy but beloved and well-regarded by the hardcore retro-slasher crowd.
“The Burning” follows the slasher playbook fairly closely. It begins with a crime in the past. At a summer camp, the kids pull a prank on the surly groundskeeper Cropsy. The prank goes horribly wrong, resulting in Cropsy being burnt…
Who knew that The Burning, a solid slasher from the true heyday of the genre, was the first big feature film for the Miramax boys Harvey and Bob Weinstein? And rather than hunting for films already made or talent already in development, the story emanated right from their heads, Bob even co-screen credit.
When the drunken camp handyman gets horribly burned by a prank gone awry, he somehow manages to survive his injuries, break loose upon New York City (briefly) and then take out his vengeance on all the campers he can get his trimming shears on. That’s about all the story you need in a movie like this.
Loosely based on the Staten Island urban legend of Cropsey (given…
It's an ok slasher, but as a Seinfeld prequel i'm not sure. Where is Jerry? He was already friend with George back in high school. I guess the film is non-canon to the anime series. If you want the whole backstory better read the manga: Seinfeld no Densetsu
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…