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Director:
Writers:
Harvey Weinstein (original story) &
Tony Maylam (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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A slasher classic See more (168 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 Najee-ullah ... Orderly
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)

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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Also Known As:
"Cropsy" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
91 min | Australia:89 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tom Savini turned down Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) to work on this.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Alfred is pinned to the wall, Cropsy has his hand around Alfred's throat. Later, when Cropsy is waving the flame at Todd, there is a shot with Cropsy's hand still around Alfred's throat.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lady Stay Dead (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
DEVIL'S CREEK BREAKDOWNSee more »

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A slasher classic, 2 November 2007
Author: Bjorn (ODDBear) from Iceland

The Burning has the great fortune of being a product of the early 80's slasher fest that greeted audiences in the hundreds. Some genre highlights were produced from ca. 1980-1984, a time when these films took themselves semi-seriously and were moderately successful at creating creepy atmosphere, displaying gratuitous nudity and inventing some spectacular death sequences. The late seventies laid the groundwork for what was to become a stable formula for these movies and for a minimum budget and isolated surroundings the films could provide some solid shocks and gore that pleased audiences.

The Burning is nearly identical in plot and storyline to Friday the 13th. Here the bad guy is a burn victim as a result of a prank gone awry and years later he takes vengeance on unsuspecting campers in gruesome fashion. While the movie is pretty slow and the gore fest doesn't really start until an hour in it's never boring. Here's where the film is different from Friday the 13th and many others: The teens aren't merely disposable pricks who you can't wait see get their grisly demise. They're actually a pretty likable bunch, well played by some future stars (Jason Alexander, particularly likable here, and Fisher Stevens among them) and when some get slashed you kinda feel bad for them.

Now for what really counts. Two things; gore and mood. The Tom Savini gore effects do not disappoint. Keep in mind that this is 1981 and digital effects have improved horror gore somewhat but this is pretty impressive stuff. The raft scene is a particular standout. As for mood, you can't beat these early 80's alone-in-the-woods scenarios and they're all well played out here. Although there are a lot of false scares here, they're buildups are great and the creepy surroundings go a long way. If films like Psycho made people afraid to take a shower and Jaws made people afraid of the water then films like The Burning and Friday the 13th must have made a few parents hesitant at sending their kids to summer camps.

Fans of slasher films will not want to miss The Burning. Although Friday the 13th is more suspenseful and The Burning feels a bit too stretched, it nevertheless has plenty of good moments and top notch kill scenes. What's not to like?

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