31 Days of Horror: Day 16: “The Burning” (1981)

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I can’t dare to begin a classic 80’s horror conversation without talking about The Burning. This 1981 work of near perfection really does fire on all
cylinders and keeps the audience enthralled throughout the duration of the 91 minute runtime. The kills are spectacular, the locations are to die for, the cast has the perfect 80 vibe.

The blood and gore within The Burning is top notch as Tom Savini works his magic and gives us some of the most memorable deaths ever to grace the silver
screen. The raft scene is produced with out a flaw and everything from the blood, to the shot selection, to the editing pace was well meshed to create
something very special. Location, location, location. We have all heard this phrase before and so did the locations scouts for The Burning. We are set in a summer camp near and lake and forest. Very classic 80’s. I have always loved the camp feel for a slasher/horror location and is one doesn’t disappoint.the water adds such a boost the the production value and gives great backdrops for the beautiful cinematography.

This is always a fun film to watch because we can look back and see the film debuts of the young Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens, and Holly Hunter. They all give great performances and who can forget Larry Joshua as the classic jock, Glazer. Glazer adds a ton of fun to this movie and is always great for some comedic relief. I hope this film receives more of a following that it deserves. True horror fans know and appreciate this project but the general public has no clue this film even exists. Personally, I always make it a point to bring up The Burning during a movie conversation with a non horror fan in hopes to convert them to the world of Cropsy!

Tim’s Slasher Tweet Review: “The Burning” (1981)

Tonight everyone’s favorite guest Twitter film critic Tim Schilling takes a stab at one of the most criminally underrated slashers of the 1980’s, the often ignored classic “The Burning.” Excellent special effects, a fun cast, and one hell of a villain. Does Tim like the slasher as much as we do at Slasher Studios? Let’s find out!

Thoughts before the film:
I loved this movie the first time I watched it, even more than Friday the 13th. It was actually really, really creepy.

Thoughts while watching:
0:07 His arm is completely disgusting.
0:09 I love this music.
0:11 You’re a hooker, everything’s okay with you.
0:25 Pretty sure Glazer is inbred.
0:38 All these people at this camp get over excited for basically anything.
0:46 I guess razors weren’t invented at this time.
0:54 “Come James, we seek wood!”
0:55 This guy really IS creepy.
0:57 What the heck are they using for paddles!?
0:59 Best part of the entire movie. Everyone knows of the raft scene
1:02 “That’s all?” Haha Glazer, you tool!
1:16 This abandoned building or whatever they are scene scare the poo outta me before.
1:25 Crosby looks like a pig. A scary, deformed pig
1:26 Whoa, I actually jumped when Cosby jumped on Alfred. That NEVER happens.

Overall:
Friday the 13th < #TheBurning. All day, err day. It's definitely one of my favorite slashers. #TheBurning has awesome music, actually pretty good acting, good story with no crazy inconsistencies and very creepy at parts. To follow Tim on twitter: https://twitter.com/schillingt
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Slasher Death Scenes We Love: “The Burning”, “My Bloody Valentine”, “Pieces”

Here are three favorite slasher death scenes submitted by the Jeffrey Lee and Michael Lang. Keep those favorite deaths coming at the Slasher Studios Facebook Page. Submit your favorite slasher movie death scenes and why they love them so much and we will feature them here!

Jeffrey Lee-“The Burning”

One of my favorite death scenes in a slasher movie is the raft massacre in The Burning. Tom Savini is THE maestro of special effects! His work is so brilliant that it becomes a character in the movie that he’s working on. In this scene there are 5 over-the-top deaths in 30 seconds! It’s in your face, super gory, and makes no apologies. This scene proved Cropsy to be one of the most brutal killing machines in slasher history!

Michael Lang-“My Bloody Valentine”

Also the the FX were great, the lighting was perfect, it look soo real, The sounds were just unsettling, great story and plot was perfect soo this is my favorite slasher movie death.

Jeffrey Lee-“Pieces” (1983)
Topless chick pisses her pants and then is cut in half with a chain saw. ’nuff said.

80’s Slasher Throwback: “The Burning”

In a summer camp named “Camp Blackfoot”, a group of boys are planning to pull a prank on the weird, alcoholic, masochistic caretaker, Cropsy, during the middle of the night. They sneak into his cabin and set a rotting skull on fire, only to have Cropsy wake up and accidentally knock the skull onto his gas tank, causing flames to spread all over the cabin. The horrified boys then watch as Cropsy, engulfed in flames, stumbles out and falls down a ravine into a river, putting out the flames. Five years later, Cropsy is released from hospital, wearing a heavy coat, sunglasses and hat to hide his deformities. Out of rage, he murders a female prostitute. He then sets out to another summer camp named “Camp Stonewater”.

The camp is populated with many characters, who are each going through their own situations: Eddy wants to get it on with the shy hottie Karen, Todd struggles as head counselor and seeks to find time to be with his girlfriend Michelle, eccentric and shy Alfred is trying to make friends with Dave, Woodstock and Fish, who are all trying to get back at cocky, cruel Glazer, who lusts for cutie Sally.

Cropsy makes it to the camp as everyone is playing baseball, and almost kills a female camper, but hesitates too long. The next morning, Sally goes to take a shower, senses that someone is inside the showers, and pulls back the curtain, exposing a shocked Alfred, who runs out of the shower. Sally’s screams bring Karen, Michelle, Todd and Eddy, who catch Alfred, who Michelle insists should be thrown out, but Todd takes him to have a stern talking-to instead. During this conversation, Todd learns that Alfred does not have any friends, and was just trying to pull a prank on Sally to make her laugh. After the discussion, Glazer attacks Alfred and warns him to stay away from Sally, but Todd breaks them up, telling Glazer to cool off, and lets Alfred go and apologize to Sally.

Night rolls around, and Alfred spots Cropsy outside his window, but no one believes him, so he, Dave, Fish, and Woodstock go to the mess hall with everyone else. While everyone is eating, Karen tells Michelle that she and Eddy are going to spend the night together, and that she should be back before morning. After supper, everyone then goes to sleep, except for Karen and Eddy who sneak off into the woods by another lake, to skinny-dip. They begin to fool around in the lake, while someone takes Karen’s clothes. Just as Eddy and Karen are about to have sex, Karen decides she’s not ready, upsetting Eddy who tries to force himself on her, making her slap him. Eddy is outraged and orders her to leave him, which she does, only to discover that her clothes have been strewn all over the woods. She begins to collect them all, until she reaches her last article of clothing on a tree, where she is grabbed by Cropsy and has her throat viciously slashed. And Cropsy is just getting started….

A fun “Friday the 13th” rip-off that has some great death scenes and a memorable villain (Crospey has been and will always be freaky as hell. The problem with “The Burning”? Too many damn characters. So many characters in fact that none of them really leave an impression so that you don’t care who lives and who dies. This is a fun movie, don’t get me wrong, but I always thought that it could be a better movie than what it is. So, why is it one of my favorite slashers of the 1980’s? Simple. The deaths. And I do mean the deaths. The deaths in this splatter film have to be seen to be believed. Everything that you would want to see with garden sheers to nubile teens are done to extraordinary effect. Credit Tom Savini who does some of his best make up work to date with this fun little slasher title. Looking for a gory good time? Make a date with “The Burning”.