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The Burning (1981)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  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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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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Come Face To Face With The Creation of Evil! 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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The blood bag in Fish's shirt bursts before Cropsy's shears ever come into frame. Additionally, if you look closely you can see the string that pulls on his shirt to release the blood. See more »

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Michelle: What are we going to do now?
Todd: All right, we'll all split up and search this whole area. The canoes have to be around here somewhere.
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Todd: Then we'll build a raft, or something.
[the campers murmur and grumble]
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DEVIL'S CREEK BREAKDOWN
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Slightly above par horror-slasher....
3 February 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

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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