Apr 5, 2010

Posted in 1980s, George, Reviewers

The Burning (1981)

The Burning (1981)

Perhaps one of the best camp-slasher films from the 80’s!.  Directed by Tony Maylam (who?) with special effects by master Tom Savini.  The plot and setting are an obvious copy of the first Friday the 13th.  THE BURNING is an old school slasher done right.

Years after a summer camp janitor, Lou David, is severely burned and disfigured as the result of a teenage prank gone awry.  He’s released from the local insane asylum and returns to the scene of the crime to seek revenge against those who harmed him. Several yet-to-be-famous stars pop up in this classic teen horror flick, including Oscar winner Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld.”
There are many shockers in the film as well as great death scenes, well after all Savini is here, right?  

I couldn’t stop looking at Jason Alexander’s hair! LOL

I was shocked by the body count in this movie and the explicit nature of the killings.  I still can’t believe there were no sequels to this movie.  Studios decide to go with Friday the 13th and Freddy Krugger.  This isn’t one of those lame slashers with alot of build up and no gore.   Here the director gave enough time for character development of most of the characters so by the time the killing starts you care about them.  All and all it’s a 80’s slasher flick that is totally worth your time to rent or to add to your collection.  Don’t forget to check the Special Features with Tom Savini taking you back to the days of the shooting.

“Don’t look he’ll see you.
Don’t breathe he’ll hear you.
Don’t move you’re dead.”

– By George

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Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)
The Burning (1981), 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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