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The Burning (1981)

R | | Horror | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Todd
... Michelle
... Alfred
... Glazer
... Dave
... Eddy
... Sally
... Karen
... Woodstock
... Cropsy
... Tiger
Sarah Chodoff ... Barbara
... Marnie
... Sophie
... Diane
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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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A legend of terror isn't a campfire story anymore! See more »

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Cropsy  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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To create Cropsy's distorted POV shots, the cinematographer rubbed Vaseline on the outside edges of the camera lens. See more »

Goofs

During the end scene in the barn. The Cart comes down the rail track, nearly hitting Todd, and smashes into another cart at the bottom of the track. A few seconds later you can clearly see the cart is back at the top of the track again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paul: Tonight's the night. Cropsy's going to get what he deserves. Remember what he did to you, Snoop?
Snoop: Yeah.
Paul: And when he beat up Jamie really bad for nothing? Billy says Cropsy's been getting away with this shit for years. If we pull this off, it'll be the biggest number Camp Blackfoot has ever seen.
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Referenced in Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (1999) See more »

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DEVIL'S CREEK BREAKDOWN
Written and Performed by Alan Brewer
Produced by Alan Brewer
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The raft scene man! That's some good work done by Savini.
2 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this in the late 80s. Revisited it recently on a DVD. Weinstein brothers made their debut with this poor man's Friday the 13th done right. The special effects were done by Tom Savini n he nailed it. The raft scene is the best highlight. Lots of stabbings via the gardening shears, slashings, severed fingers, etc. It's definitely worth a view for fans of slasher movies. There is sufficient violence n nudity but the sex scene is one of the lamest. The plot- a group of kids decides to play a prank on the caretaker of a camp. The joke goes bad n the victim sets himself on fire. He is released after five years from the hospital but his face has been deformed n he seeks vengeance. The cast included future well-known actors. The movie is full of slasher clichés, wandering away from everyone for a nude pond dip, having sex in the woods, going down to the basement alone, not defending oneself but rather running helter-skelter, not making an effort to make sure that the killer is dead once its down. The movie has one very different aspect, there was no waiting until the end for the big reveal of the killer's identity, its fully revealed from the onset. The cinematography is decent with the lush greens of the camps surrounding forest n the images of flowing water.


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