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Director:
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Harvey Weinstein (original story) &
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Release Date:
8 May 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Gather Around the Campfire to Die! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Fine showcase for Tom Savini's makeup effects See more (166 total) »

Cast

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Brian Matthews ... Todd

Leah Ayres ... Michelle

Brian Backer ... Alfred

Larry Joshua ... Glazer

Jason Alexander ... Dave

Ned Eisenberg ... Eddy
Carrick Glenn ... Sally
Carolyn Houlihan ... Karen

Fisher Stevens ... Woodstock
Lou David ... Cropsy
Shelley Bruce ... Tiger
Sarah Chodoff ... Barbara

Bonnie Deroski ... Marnie

Holly Hunter ... Sophie
Kevi Kendall ... Diane
J.R. McKechnie ... Fish
George Parry ... Alan
Ame Segull ... Rhoda
Jeff De Hart ... Supervisor
Bruce Kluger ... Rod
Keith Mandell ... Young Todd
Jerry McGee ... Intern

Mansoor Najeeullah ... Orderly (as Mansoor Najee-ullah)
Willie Reale ... Paul
John Roach ... Snoop
K.C. Townsend ... Hooker
John Tripp ... Camp Counselor
James Van Verth ... Jamie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert O'Neill ... Camper (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tony Maylam 
 
Writing credits
Harvey Weinstein (original story) &
Tony Maylam (original story) &
Brad Grey (original story)

Peter Lawrence (screenplay) and
Bob Weinstein (screenplay)

Harvey Weinstein (created by)

Produced by
Michael Cohl .... executive producer
André Djaoui .... executive producer (as Andre Djaoui)
Daniel Ubaud .... associate producer (as Dany Ubaud)
Jean Ubaud .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Rick Wakeman 
 
Cinematography by
Harvey Harrison (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Sholder 
 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Politanoff 
 
Makeup Department
Suzen Poshek .... hair stylist
Suzen Poshek .... makeup artist
Tom Savini .... special makeup and effects
 
Production Management
Corky Burger .... executive in charge of production
Drummond Challis .... production supervisor
Robin Grey .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Magdalen M.T. Brick .... second assistant director
Carl Clifford .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
James R. Bilz .... assistant property master (as Jim Bilz)
Joseph Falzone .... set construction
Dennis Hoerter .... set construction
Suza Maher .... art assistant
Stephen Miller .... property master (as Steve Miller)
Joseph Rebisz .... set construction
Garth Truckenbrod .... set construction
John Wolf .... set construction
 
Sound Department
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor
Janet Conn .... assistant sound editor
Jack Cooley .... sound re-recording mixer
Ernie Davidson .... assistant sound editor
Thomas A. Gulino .... sound editor (as Thomas Gulino)
Wendy Hedin .... apprentice sound editor
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor
Gary Rich .... sound mixer
Fred Rosenberg .... assistant sound editor (as Fredric D. Rosenberg)
Larry Scharf .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Darryl Ferrucci .... assistant special makeup effects
 
Stunts
Reid Rondell .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Broat .... electrician
Jim Canatta .... first assistant camera (as Jim Cannata)
Frederic Feldbauer .... dolly grip
Raffaello Ferucci .... gaffer
David J. Frederick .... second assistant camera (as Dave Frederick)
Christopher Misiano .... key grip
Norman O'Halloran .... generator operator
Ed Poplawski .... best boy
John Rusac .... still photographer
Eric Van Haren Noman .... camera operator
Richard Wernig .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Mary Casilio .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rick Holtz .... wardrobe assistant
Marcia Patten .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Maggie Constantinidis .... post-production assistant
Farrel Levy .... assistant editor (as Farrel Duffy)
Robert Newman .... post-production assistant
Gail Showalter .... associate editor
Bob Weinstein .... editorial consultant
 
Music Department
Alan Brewer .... composer: additional music (as Alan Brawer)
Alan Brewer .... music soundtrack producer (as Alan Brawer)
Alan Brewer .... music supervisor
Alan Brewer .... musical director (as Alan Brawer)
Kevin Kelly .... music recording engineer
Anna Pepper .... composer: additional music
Rick Wakeman .... music soundtrack producer
 
Transportation Department
Sammy Divincenzo .... transportation
Jim Switzgable .... transportation
 
Other crew
Coleman Bagau .... special business advisor
Donald Barry .... security officer
Roger Bernhardt .... guidance (as Dr. Roger Bernhardt)
Alan Brewer .... assistant to producer (as Alan Brawer)
Paula Bryszki .... production assistant
Mary Lou Burger .... pre-production assistant
Sandy Burger .... pre-production assistant
Keith Cavele .... production associate
Jimmy Flynn .... production assistant
Bill Focht .... titles
Charles Fuller .... security officer
Alvin Glick .... legal counsel
Brad Grey .... production consultant
Jill Gutterson .... special researcher
Paul Horgan .... security officer
Craig Kellas .... production assistant
Mary Jane Nolan Kelly .... production coordinator
Paul Lamanna .... special business advisor
Harold Levin .... special business advisor
Mark MacKenzie .... production assistant
Randy Marks .... special business advisor
Michael McCarthy .... security officer
Frank McGuire .... special business advisor
Charlie Meeker .... legal counsel
David Moser .... special business advisor
Larry Pierce .... security officer
Sarah 'Bubby' Postol .... weather control
Carlita Powell .... production assistant
Jeanne Ptak .... pre-production assistant
Tom Savini .... horror sequence designer
William M. Scott .... location auditor
Tim Shea .... production assistant
Igor Sunara .... production assistant
Joe Takats .... medic (as Dr. Joe Takats)
Joe Takats .... special business advisor
Michael Trimboli .... legal counsel
Jean Ubaud .... creative consultant
Irv Ungerman .... special business advisor
Miriam Weinstein .... pre-production assistant
Vickie Weinstein .... script consultant
William Yuhnke .... special business advisor
Benjamin Zinkin .... legal counsel (as Ben Zinkin)
 
Thanks
David Appleton .... special thanks
Fred Casserta .... special thanks
Jonathan Dandes .... special thanks
Michael Grey .... special thanks
H. & Eric .... special thanks
Harley Hardell .... special thanks
Sam and Dorothy Levin .... special thanks
Max .... special thanks
Tom Pellerite .... special thanks
Ed Thomas .... special thanks
Sara Weinstein .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cropsy" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
91 min | Australia:89 min
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (1990) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1985) | Finland:(Banned) (1984) (uncut) | Finland:(Banned) (1983) (cut) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:(Banned) | Norway:(Banned) (video) | South Korea:18 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1992) (cut) (2002) (uncut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-1992) | USA:R (#26281) | West Germany:(Banned)
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Trivia:
This film was one of the first movies to land on the UK's Video Nasties list, specifically because of the infamous raft massacre.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The scene where Glazer picks up firewood as he heads back to build a fire for Sally, he's obviously wearing a wig. This was because this scene was filmed later and they were trying to match his hair to earlier scenes.See more »
Quotes:
[Alfred has been caught scaring Sally in the shower]
Todd:What do you have to say about that, Alfred?
Alfred:I only meant to scare her.
Michelle:You only meant to scare her. Well, you sure as hell did scare her!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
DEVIL'S CREEK BREAKDOWNSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Fine showcase for Tom Savini's makeup effects, 4 April 2005
Author: Libretio

THE BURNING

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Mono

An abusive caretaker at a lonely summer camp is disfigured by fire during a prank which goes horribly wrong. Five years later, he returns to the area to take revenge against one of his former persecutors (now a camp counsellor) and the kids in his charge.

Makeup artist Tom Savini rejected an opportunity to work on "Friday the 13th Part 2" (1981) in order to create effects for Tony Maylam's THE BURNING, yet another in the assembly line of low-budget horror movies which emerged in the wake of HALLOWEEN (1978). Savini warned the film's producers - including a fledgling Harvey Weinstein! - that the script for THE BURNING shared uncomfortable similarities with the "Friday" sequel, though fans may have been too dazzled by the gruesome set-pieces to either notice or care. In truth, THE BURNING shares only a handful of superficial details with "Friday 2", including a late night campfire episode in which the villain is dismissed as an urban legend, culminating in a false 'scare' which today's audiences will probably see coming a mile off. Despite a couple of groan-inducing incidentals ("Oh, I forgot my vitamins - I'll have to go back to my cabin through the dark, creepy woods!"), the narrative develops organically from one scene to the next, and characters react believably to the escalating situation. Unfortunately, the climax - set mostly within an abandoned mineshaft - is staged and executed with little flair or suspense, and amounts to something of a major disappointment.

Of course, the main point of interest - besides seeing some familiar faces in early roles, including Jason Alexander (TV's "Seinfeld"), Fisher Stevens (SHORT CIRCUIT) and an unrecognisable Holly Hunter - is Savini's horrific makeup effects: Victims are slashed, stabbed, punctured and poked in graphic detail, and blood flows copiously from some horribly convincing wounds. Indeed, the film reaches a crescendo of horror during a notorious sequence involving an 'abandoned' canoe (I'll say no more), one of the most vicious set-pieces of the 1980's 'slasher' cycle. Briskly paced, and scored with a series of electronic doodles by no less than Rick Wakeman (!), THE BURNING may seem awfully simplistic to modern viewers, but it delivers the gory goods in no uncertain terms. The movie was censored for an R-rating, but the uncut version has since been released on home video.

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