Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
What's it about
A group of horny campers are slaughtered by a revenge hungry psycho killer and his trusty garden shears.
Is it good movie?
Sometime around 1982 I remember seeing previews for “The Burning” on cable and being the 10 year old horror freak that I was tried numerous times to catch it, but for weeks it eluded me. Then finally because of the awesome space age technology my parents picked up called the VCR, I was able to tape this late night masterpiece. I remember it pretty well, it was summer break and I got up and watched Saturday morning cartoons and then rewound the tape in the VCR so that I could watch all the bloody goodness that I had been waiting so long to see, and it was totally worth the wait.
Slasher films got a rude awakening the day “The Burning” made its way to the big screen because it delivered everything that a horror fan could want and more. The film opens with a small group of campers trying their best to scare the much hated camp caretaker Cropsy (Lou David), only to have their plan go horribly wrong resulting in a fire that sent Cropsy to the hospital for five years and permanently disfigured him. Upon his release from the hospital Cropsy decides to do what any guy that has to go five years without a piece of tail would do, he gets himself a hooker. But instead of going the traditional route and sleeping with her, Cropsy decides to kill her instead.
After killing the hooker Cropsy decides to reign terror down upon the same camp that changed his life forever. Which brings us to camp Stonewater where lots of teenagers are drinking, having sex, partying like it’s 1999, and getting slaughtered with a pair of garden shears. That’s right Cropsy’s weapon of choice kicks much ass and was a welcome departure from the usual tools of the trade. The most memorable scene has our hero ripping apart a raft full of teenagers in what has to be one of the nastiest scenes in slasher history (I wore the rewind button out).
Another thing that “The Burning” has going for it is its cast. We have Jason Alexander who is skinny and not bald, a pre “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” Brian Backer, and a very young but extremely hot Holly Hunter. Harvey Weinstein, who also wrote the flick, definitely picked the perfect cast and drove the picture home by using FX maestro Tom Savini, and cinematographer Harvey Harrison.
I know that for some horror fans Mike and Jason have the slasher genre covered, but in my humble opinion, Cropsy deserves to ride in the limo with them.
Video / Audio
Video:The transfer looked beautiful and all of the colors were rich.
Audio:Was loud and clear.
Audio Commentary with Director Tony Maylam and Journalist Alan Jones was cool, but didn’t offer up anything that I hadn’t heard before.
Blood n Fire Memories is a documentary featuring Tom Savini, and goes into detail about the kills and special effects from the film. I have always loved special effects and make-up so this was a treat for me. It was a welcome departure from most behind the scenes features that just show actors talking about their work on a picture.
Also once again the prerequisite Photo Gallery and Theatrical Trailer are also on the disc.
If your a horror fan and haven’t seen this flick then run, don’t walk to the nearest video store and pick it up. It has tits, ass, blood, an awesome killer, and a top notch slasher story line.