Burning, The (1981)
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Release Date: 11-SEP-2007
Media Type: DVD
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've re-visited this film quite a few times over the years, and while I enjoy it overall, there just seems to be something missing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Girod
It's a nice follower of Friday 13th. I like the pretty sfx's from the 80's.Published 3 months ago by Der Multimediamann
One of my favorite slasher films from back in the day. Tom Savini does a great job once again in the effects department. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Luke
It had everything I love summer fun with a killer. The killer has every reason to be pissed when a accident goes wrong and he gets burned. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Coco
Without a doubt one of the best 80s horror movies. Good story and characters you like, not to mention a nasty looking killer!Published 4 months ago by westicles
The Burning is another infamous slasher of the early 80s mostly because of Tom Savini’s graphic gore effects and the problems his work caused the film when it was released. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MonsterZeroNJ
An average watchable slashed gem. I'd say give it a look. Similar to Friday. But possibly better back story for me.Published 5 months ago by Ralph C.