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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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Overall Decent Slasher Fare See more (170 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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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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 | Germany:(Banned) | 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:
The scene at the hospital where Cropsy's burned arm reaches out of an oxygen tent and grabs the orderly's arm was inspired by a scene in Mad Max (1979) involving Mel Gibson's character visiting his burned partner (unseen except for a severely burned right arm) in a hospital and fleeing after seeing his near-death partner's burned face.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Cropsie first starts to strangle the prostitute, you notice blood already on the curtains (to the right of the actress) before he stabs her with the scissors.See more »
Quotes:
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.
Sophie:What happens if we don't find them?
Todd:Then we'll build a raft, or something.
[the campers murmur and grumble]
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Soundtrack:
DOIN' ITSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Overall Decent Slasher Fare, 29 September 2001
Author: WritnGuy-2 from New Jersey

"The Burning" showed up on Showtime late one night, as I've noticed many rare films have (one time, I saw a really strange Italian action-adventure movie from the 80s, complete with bad dubbing and all) so I decided to tape it, hoping to finally see the infamous "raft scene," which was probably the only reason I wanted to see this.

Well, let's just say the movie didn't live up to ALL my expectations, but it wasn't terrible. The story is fairly generic, complete with rehashed backstory about Cropsy being burned to near-death by some mischevious campers. After five years in the hospital (!) he's finally released, so what's the first thing he does? Solicits a prostitute, of course, with terribly gory results. Eventually, he makes his way to a summer camp, armed with some gardening shears, to do some dirty work as only a slasher movie villain can.

The real deal doesn't start until some counselors and campers (well-established in the "Meatballs"-like interum of forty minutes) head off on a canoeing trip down the river. Cropsy comes along, and only then manages to do away with some (not enough) of our unlucky characters. So, who are these people? Well, there's Todd (Brian Matthews), the brawny head counselor who only wants everyone to get along; Michelle (Leah Ayres), his likable co-counselor and girlfriend, I suppose; Alfred (Brian Backer), the weird outcast who seems to eternally annoy Glazer (Larry Joshua,) our stock bully character. Rounding out the main characters are Karen (Caroline Houlihan) and her slimy boyfriend Eddy (Ned Eisenberg), kindly prankster Dave (Jason Alexander), Glazer's girlfriend Sally (Carrick Glenn), and Woodstock (Fisher Stevens), who...well, who's just plain weird, and he's got the stupidest laugh ever.

Anyway, most of these people are all killed before the credits roll, and only the ones you really end up liking survive. As far as who survives, well, it's usually a bit more predictable earlier on in the movie. Took me a while to figure out who was playing who. I thought Karen was the "final girl" at first, and Michelle was the slutty friend. In the end, though, there really is no "final girl," at least not in the conventional manner. Sure, there's a female character left standing (I wonder who, take a wild guess) but most of the climactic action is left to two male characters, which while unique to the genre, did not work for me. I mean, I realize that Alfred's character was supposed to be sympathetic and we were supposed to worry about him during that delirious, never-ending run through the woods, but that job is better performed by a token heroine. I guess I'm just old-fashioned. I don't mind a male hero (sort of expected, I guess) but when all the heroine is given is one scene of peril, and then some dull scenes on a boat, the tension all but dies away for me.

Anyway, speaking of all this carnage, the gore in this movie is unbelievable. I definitely winced a few times (particularly with the prostitute's murder) and would expect nothing less from Tom Savini. And that, my friends, leads me to the raft scene. It was, I'm sorry to say, a letdown. I mean, the suspense that builds as you realize what's going to happen in the scene, is really well-established, and I was on the edge of my seat. But then...it's over in a few seconds. The scene is extremely rushed and while somewhat gory, didn't really seem like a whole lot of carnage. Now, I'm not a fan of watching mass killings or anything, but I suppose I was just hoping the scene lived up to its reputation, and it really didn't.

As far as music, there's an excellent score that works well with the movie, and always adds a little edge to things. Acting-wise, everyone does pretty well. Leah Ayres was a little uneven. While at some points she was excellent, and her delivery was right-on, at others, like when she was angry, she got a little melodramatic. Jason Alexander shines, and it's no surprise he went on to be something big. Holly Hunter, the movie's other budding star, is barely in the movie. You see her a few times once they go on the rafting trip, but she has very little dialogue, and not much to do. Oh well. Everyone else is decent, to say the least. There's quite a bit of nudity in this one, more than I expected, and the shot of people mooning someone, a staple of camp slasher films, is here, and is quite hideous, thanks to Fisher Stevens. Probably one of the most hideous butt shots in film history.

Anyway, "The Burning" isn't a bad movie, but it isn't great. There aren't many genuine scares, and towards the end, things seem to inexplicably lose a lot of suspense. I suggest you see it, though. It's probably required viewing for slasher fans.

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