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The Burning (1981)

Brian Matthews , Tony Maylam  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Matthews
  • Directors: Tony Maylam
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Mono, Anamorphic
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UDGO9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Burning" on IMDb

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Genre: Horror
Rating: NR
Release Date: 11-SEP-2007
Media Type: DVD

Oh, those crazy days of slasher films, when every summer camp became a potential slaughterhouse. The Burning was one of the flood of movies that followed the success of Friday the 13th, and it's more notable today for an unexpected roster of talent than for its success as a horror movie. You will note that the opening titles feature the unusual credit of "Created and Produced by Harvey Weinstein," and sure enough, this is the first feature film bearing the name of the future Hollywood mogul. Let's acknowledge that Weinstein's instincts were shrewd, since this junky thing fit right into the kill-the-teenagers trend after Friday the 13th, and thus a safe way to get a return on investment. We're at Camp Blackstone, where a disfigured loony, still sizzling after getting burned by unhappy campers years earlier, exacts his revenge on the empty-headed current crop. Among the campers are future Seinfeld star Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens, and (in a smaller part) Holly Hunter. There's a vintage early-'80s synthesizer score by Rick Wakeman, but the real star of the movie is effects whiz Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), who does his bloody best with the murders. We don't care much about the teenagers, but students of gore will savor the throat-cuttings and the finger-loppings. --Robert Horton

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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In my daily search for lost horror movie gems, I thought to myself that I may have found one in the notorious slasher movie called "The Burning". Indeed, the movie is notorious because it was previously banned in some countries as the gore is considered to be graphic in the extreme. However, upon a viewing of the movie, I came away thinking to myself that it wasn't so much the gore that would offend the average viewer especially horror movie lovers (Tom Savini was terrific as usual), but, if anything, perhaps the sex scenes and nudity were a little strong for younger viewers, certainly not enough to be banned, however.

Anyway, "The Burning" starts off simple enough as the audience is thrown into the middle of Camp Blackstone as an ornery man named Cropsy is being conspired upon by a group of boys who want to "pay" Cropsy back for his sinister ways. The trick goes bad and Cropsy is burned so badly that no skin grafts would take and Cropsy is reduced to an inhuman freak of nature. Still, Cropsy recovers his physical strength and then some it seems as he begins his mission to gain revenge upon those campers that wronged him, including any other girls or adolescent sex-crazed boys that might be in the area.

The plot in "The Burning" is simple and quite effective as it is based upon the age old act of revenge. After he leaves the hospital, Cropsy haunts the woods of another camp where one of his former pranksters/assailants is now a camp counselor. Now, if you have seen "Madman" or any of the "Friday the 13th parts 1-6" movies, you have a basic idea of what it going to happen, or do you? An element of surprise along with some graphic violence brilliantly orchestrated by the legendary, Tom Savini, marks this slasher as a cut above the rest.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT just another slasher-movie March 3, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
There are so many slasher-movies with the usual cliches; dumb blondes (no offence) that are running up the stairs instead of running just out the front door to escape from the boogeyman; cars that don't start; everybody being killed one by one, and in the end the bodies suddenly pop up when the only survivor (the dumb blonde) finally starts to suspect there's something wrong etc.
This flick is totally different, 5 people are killed by the maniac at the same time in broad daylight. Their bodies are discovered by a whole group of teens, who are crying for the lost of their friends. This is the first time that such things are shown in a slasher-movie and I had my share.
So this movie has an entertaining story and isn't that predictable as most of the slasker-movies are. The SFX are also very good.
My advise, if you like slasher-movies don't miss out on this one, but also don't expect a -nightmare on Elm street- success.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 80's Slasher Of All Time December 12, 2006
"The Burning" is hands down my favorite slasher film of the 80's..
I personally love the killer in the woods slashers and this is the perfect premise.

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 and most people will be frightened at his appearance.p

Flash to the seedy part of Times square wjhere he picks up a prostitute and when she reacts in a horrified manner to his appearance he loses it and kills her. After seeing the first kill I knew it was going to be a great slasher film.

Flash back to the woods "summer camp " Cropsy returns to the scene of the crime to wreak havoc and spill PLENTY of blood .I don't understand why they didn't make a sequel ,Cropsy and his garden shears are scarier than Jason and his machete anyday as far as I'm concerned.

I have 2 copies of this DVD one still unopened,as you can see it's hard to find and if you find it it's very expensive. This is a MUST HAVE for slasher fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut-throat horror! January 10, 2008
By BUB13
Long ago, a janitor named Cropsy was burned horribly by a bad prank that went wrong leaving him disfigured. Five years later, he comes back to the same camp where he worked as now he seeks revenge with a huge pair of shears which he uses to cut his victims in pieces with it but can the campers survive a vacation to hell?

Entertaining and gory to the max slasher movie that is one of the most overlooked slasher movies ever! Tom Savini's make-up effects are mindblowing even by today's standards as i think he is the master of all make-up artists. The film co-stars Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander before their major film careers, there's some incredible graphic violence such as the infamous raft massacre sequence with more of the gore that was cut out and restored on this DVD. The music score is quite chilling as well, it's not for the faint of heart but a must have for fans of "Sleepaway Camp" and "Friday The 13th" alike.

The DVD has some cool extras like two featurettes especially on Tom Savini's make-up effects, photo gallery and a trailer.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This dvd is great September 18, 2007
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Not only is the movie one of my favorite hidden slasher gems of the 1980's, the transfer to dvd is absolutely beautiful. While the dvd lacks many special features, it makes up in picture. Even as a standard dvd, it holds up top notch on my LCD television. DEFINITELY recommended for any horror/slasher fan out there with intention of adding to their library. I'm so glad this finally had an official release!

The featurette with Tom Savini and the audio commentary is worth the buy as well. Plus, the low price. Pick this movie up, and contribute to the interest of putting more gems onto dvd format!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, not classic.
I ordered THE BURNING, based on a fuzzy memory of seeing and liking it. Well, after seeing it again, I really don't understand the praise heaped on this movie. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic that deserves the title of pure classic.
In Camp Blackfoot a group of boys get together to pull a prank on the site caretaker by the name of Cropsy (Lou David), whom according to them was a worthless bullying man. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Borinquen_Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80s
A classic horror movie remastered high definition.
Published 1 month ago by Kathy P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favs. Personally I pick this over Friday the 13th
Published 1 month ago by Michael Buttram
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok movie.

Published 2 months ago by Peinny Colburn
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun slasher campsite romp
A fun slasher campsite romp. A man is accidentally set on fire by pranksters at a camp; five years later, the deformed and burned man attacks campers in randomly chosen camps. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Viva
5.0 out of 5 stars Great slasher movie
If you like Friday the 13th, you'll love The Burning. Prank gone wrong, sets up a date for revenge. Great special effects by Tom Savini. Highly recommend
Published 3 months ago by Philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Slasher
This classic slasher takes a familiar formula but executes (excuse the pun) it very nicely. Top notch effects and lots of well known actors from before they were famous. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Gibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I love this movie! IT keeps your attention and has enough suspense to keep you watching it. I really liked it.
Published 7 months ago by Tonja
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion of the product
The sound track is a little Dated other wie nice Trancfer And sound quality A cLassic Campfire Horror Movie The overall product was good quality slipsleave and art work on... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anthony
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Watched it tonight (pre-ordered and it came in earlier today). It's the full uncut version. Ignore that 'R' on the case, and enjoy. Mgm has done this sort of thing before...
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