The Burning (Collector's Edition) [BluRay/DVD Combo] [Blu-ray]
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A group of summer camp pranksters get the scare of their lives when they target the camp's creepy caretaker...and he takes bloody revenge! "Gruesome" (The Hollywood Reporter) and "stomach-churning" (Boxoffice), this terrifying tale is "a brilliant slasher flick [and] gory as hell" (slasherpool.com)!
After a cruel joke goes awry, severely burning him and subjecting him to five years of intensive, unsuccessful skin graft treatments, Cropsy (Lou David) is back at camp...and ready to wreak havoc on those who scarred him! With his hedge clippers in hand, he terrorizes the camp and systematically mutilates each victim. Can a few courageous campers save themselves and destroy this demented madman before he kills them all?
Starring Brian Matthews (Crime Stopper), Leah Ayres (Bloodsport), Brian Backer (Fast Times At Ridgemont High), Larry Joshua (Dances With Wolves) and featuring early film appearances by Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Holly Hunter (Raising Arizona), The Burning is a grim and nasty movie [that] gets under your skin (efilmcritic.com)!
The Burning enjoys a loyal following among '80s horror film aficionados, who will undoubtedly be pleased by the wealth of extras featured on Scream Factory's Blu-ray/DVD presentation. The picture's raison d'être is unquestionably its grisly, no-holds-barred special effects, which are among the most gruesome featured in an American slasher film, and their conception and execution (no pun intended) by makeup effects legend Tom Savini are the highlight of the supplemental features. The always-jovial Savini is front and center on "Blood 'n' Fire Memories," a 17-plus-minute interview ported over from MGM's 2007 DVD release which features a wealth of his own behind-the-scenes footage as well as his recollections of working on the upstate New York set with its cast of up-and-coming talent. The grainy camcorder footage also receives its own standalone eight-minute showcase, highlighting some of the picture's nastiest kills. Also ported over from the MGM DVD is director Tony Maylam's commentary track, in which Maylam discusses the film's production with writer Alan Jones in frank but affectionate terms; a second, brand-new commentary track featuring costars Shelley Bruce and Bonnie Deroski with moderator Edwin Samuelson is freewheeling and fun as they recall working with their castmates (Jason Alexander, we learn, rewrote a portion of his own self-deprecating dialogue). Actor Lou David, who played the film's villain, Cropsey, is equally informative in his brief interview segment, which highlights the physical and performing challenges of his limited, makeup-heavy role, while director Jack Sholder (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, The Hidden) relays how his work for New Line's trailer department led to his role as editor on the film. The original theatrical coming attraction, galleries of stills, poster art and makeup effects, and a PDF of the screenplay round out this typically abundant presentation from Scream Factory. --Paul Gaita
Blood n’ Fire Memories
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5 years previously at Camp Blackfoot, a practical joke orchestrated by a small group of kids on their notoriously cruel caretaker named 'Cropsy' goes badly wrong. The result leaves him horrifically burnt, and enduring years of hospital treatment to restore even the vaguest quality of life. Soon after the final attempt at a skin graft operation fails, he is released back into the world where an encounter with a prostitute forces him to confront the extent of his disfigurement, and he's pushed over the edge. Now hell-bent on revenge, he returns once more to Camp Blackfoot where he has now ascended into folklore and brings the camp-side scare stories to bloody life as he begins dispatching the counsellors and the typically conformist/non-conformist group of young teenagers one by one with a pair of garden sheers.. The Burning's inspiration is obvious, but it's execution is far less so. Through the ealiest section of the film we are given a brutal taste of Cropsy's rage and then left purely at the mercy of Maylam's voyeuristic, unsettling direction and the devilish games-playing that manipulates audience anticipation at every turn. In many ways it feeds off it's genre and it's predecessors superbly to keep the audience unsettled and on edge until it unleashes on them with an inventive and shocking brutality, courtesy of effects maestro Tom Savini. Rick Wakeman provides the jarring yet effective score that accompanies the mayhem.
Yes, The Burning is an eighties horror flick. If you've come here to watch a cool, hip, glossy, self satirising moneyspinner full of unblemished young stars and 'it' people - then you're in the wrong place. This is a classic movie from the heyday of horror when a 'horror' film tag meant 'you will be horrified'. If you accept the limitations of the slasher flick, then it really is hard to fault this film - it's not exploitative, nor is it over the top, it's a film that genuinely boasts some great direction, superb effects, and truly unsettling and memorable scenes. Originally released in 1981 and later on video prior to the video recordings act in the UK, The Burning was withdrawn over here after it made it on the 'video nasties' list issued by the BBFC in 1984. It then attained a certain notoriety after it was the subject of some distributor prosecutions and officially banned. If you're in any way interested in horror films, then this is one that will take pride of place in your collection, so buy it while you can!!