A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
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Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion where they get killed off one by one by the monstrous surviving members of a family massacre years earlier for trespassing on their living grounds.
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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
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What are we going to do now?
All right, we'll all split up and search this whole area. The canoes have to be around here somewhere.
What happens if we don't find them?
Then we'll build a raft, or something.
[the campers murmur and grumble]
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One of the seemingly endless films to be 'Banned' by the British Board of Film Classification in the mid 1980's, "The Burning" has managed to find itself back on British shelves in the presumably less censorship-dominated 1990's. Or maybe not. For, what British audiences are 'Allowed' to see if they decide to view this 'New' version of the low-budget horror is "The Burning" minus nineteen seconds. The day someone finally exterminates film censors is the day I'll be happy. Surely giving a massive warning on the films video cover, not to mention an '18' certificate is quite enough!
Anyway, moaning and grumbling aside, "The Burning" is, in fact, a slightly above par horror movie, more in the "Friday the 13th" vain than any other horror movie. The story deals with a group of teenagers, who, spending the summer at a holiday camp, find themselves being stalked by a burn victim who has mysteriously come back from the dead....
Anyone whose even remotely familiar with the conventions of slasher films will find them everywhere in "The Burning," and there's little in the way of shocks or surprises throughout the film. Thanks to the censors, the nastiness and gore isn't as nasty or as gory as it should be (Which, to a degree, greatly affects the movies impact), but, there's no denying that the boat scene alone is worth seeing this movie for - Using some top notch editing and clever point-of-view shots, director Tony Maylam has created a horror movie scene which surely must register up there with some of the all time classic moments - It really is quite exceptionally tense and frightening.
The acting isn't too good, no, but that's sort of become a slasher convention in itself, and the final showdown is as predictable and silly as much of the film.
Even so, there's no denying that "Thr Burning" is pretty well made, and, to be fair, considering nearly twenty years have now passed since its production, time hasn't taken its toll too badly either. It's certainly a better slasher movie than "Scream," and, needless to say, many of the big budget horror pictures coming out in the cinemas nowadays.
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