Top of the line 80's slasher. True classic!
Summer Camp. Burned Killer. Unsuspecting Teens. Garden Shears. That One Dude From Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Great Soundtrack. Well Paced. Shocking Moments. Definitely A Great Time. Basically A Better Version Of A Friday The 13th Movie. Classic Slasher Movie. ⚔️
An absolutely fantastic, classic slasher with plenty of gory and fun kills.
Post-Friday the 13th campsite slasher, written by the Weinsteins (before they turned respectful) and with make up effects from the great Tom Savini, featuring the movie debut of George Costanza (this certainly wasn't the Summer of George, as all his friends get hacked up with gardening shears). Has everything I need and desire in a slasher film; tits, actors way too old to be playing teens, a disfigured killer with a tragic backstory, scissor impalings, 80's fashion. Not remembered as fondly as Friday the 13th, but it should be. Cropsy would give Jason (or his mum) a run for their money.
(Written in 2009) During June, IFC was running Grindhouse nights, featuring old horror and exploitation flicks. Most of the films I had seen, or already own on DVD. But they showed three films from the late 70's and early 80's that I had never seen, or in the case of The Howling, hadn't seen in so long that I didn't really remember it.
Even more amazing was the slasher flick, The Burning, how this film escaped my attention for so…
Don't breathe...your dead.
Several years after a prank goes wrong, resulting in camp caretaker Cropsy being burned "like an overcooked Big Mac™ ", it's time for him to be released from hospital to seek his revenge.
After a generally good start, including a nice giallo homage with Cropsy's first kill, the movie settles down into becoming a summer camp slasher that may have it's fair amount of gore shots but is let down by a lack of atmosphere.
Miramax first movie and one of the best of the early slashers. It has a pretty good behind the scenes team (Rick Wakeman did the score, Tom Savini the makeup, Jack Sholder was the editor) and while the plotting follows slasher formula, director Tony Maylam has knack for controlling space; a good sense for both how to use the camp’s bucolic beauty as counterpoint to the violence and the off-screen to signify menace that sets it up way above what…
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The Burning is a slasher film. It's a quintessential slasher, with every core ingredient of what we now understand slashers to be. It could've been terrible because of it, but no, it's actually great, and a lot of this is due to Tom Savini's fantastic special effects and a screenplay that actually treats its characters with a level of dignity and respect. Sure, there's only so much dignity and respect a character can be given when we also see that…
One of two early '80s slashers to riff on the upstate New York legend of 'Cropsey' (the other being 1982's inferior Madman), The Burning arrived in 1981 at the peak of the slasher era. Cropsey here is a summer camp janitor who almost burns alive when a prank by a bunch of campers goes horribly wrong. Five years later he leaves hospital and heads for the summer camp, determined to spill the blood of any campers he finds.
Drastic change in opinion after viewing awesome new Arrow blu-ray.
"They never found his body, but they say his spirit lives in the forest."
- CAMP COUNSELLOR
- Fun kills
- A few fun scenarios revolving around the character's day in the life stories
- Stupid story
- Weak plot
- Dry characters
- Slow paced with very weak scares
THE TAKEAWAY (DEEPER MEANING, PERSONAL IMPACT):
Don't be a bully! It'll bite you in the ass some time, and it will seriously... burn!!!!
I feel like it's probably a Summer Camp's responsibility to fire any of their employees that are beating kids while drunk, even without worrying about possible incineration-related murder sprees. Also did Cropsy get kicked out a group home due to the Reagan administration's cutbacks or what?
Sort of like a more mean-spirited, waaay more violent Friday the 13th. By contrast to the original Friday's "prop knife run along actor's neck" deaths, the kills in The Burning are fucking gruesome. And…