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The Burning (1981)

 -  Horror  -  8 May 1981 (USA)
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A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.

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Glazer
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Dave
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Eddy
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Tiger
Sarah Chodoff ...
Barbara
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Marnie
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Kevi Kendall ...
Diane
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Storyline

A janitor at a summer camp is accidently burned severely from a prank. Years later, he is released from an institute, and returns to the camp with a pair of hedge clippers to take revenge on the campers. Written by Humberto Amador

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Today is not Friday the 13th. But if you see this movie alone... you'll never be the same again! See more »

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8 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cropsy  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to director Tony Maylam the reason the film's finale didn't take place in a cave, as it was originally supposed to, was due to the fact that the cave where it was going to be shot was full of bats. Tom Savini also said another cave that was scouted for the film collapsed just after it had been surveyed. See more »

Goofs

While still at camp, Glazer swims out to the floating raft to chat up Sally and the girls. When he climbs out of the water, he pulls his shorts up twice, in alternating angles. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Camp Counselor: They never found his body, but they say his spirit lives in the forest. This forest. A maniac, a thing no longer human. They say he lives on whatever he can catch. Eats them raw, alive maybe. And every year he picks on a summer camp and seeks his revenge for the terrible things those kids did to him. Every year he kills. Right now he's out there. Watching. Waiting. So don't look; he'll see you. Don't breathe; he'll hear you. Don't move; you're dead!
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A Slasher Gem
7 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

The 1980's. What a decade. A decade known for bad fashion and hair bands, but also known as the decade of the slasher film. With the multitude of slasher flicks that came out in the 80's it was inevitable that some would be overlooked. The Burning is one of those great slash flicks. Filmed in the same location as Friday the 13th and unfairly compared to it. However The Burning kicks Friday the 13th to the curb. The Burning is about a camp caretaker who after being horribly disfigured by a group of campers playing a prank comes back for sweet vengeance. A dish best served bloody thanks to Tom Savini and his genius effects. This flick has it all. All the ingredients that make a good slash flick, you know what kind of stuff I mean. (T&A BABY!!, plenty of the red stuff and that unique brand of dialogue.) The story although now cliche doesn't miss a step. Definetly a must see for all slash fans. Oh yeah. The infamous raft scene you've heard so much about is AWESOME! Jason could have never pulled a stunt like that. KEEP SLASHIN!


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