The Burning (1981)

Directed by Tony Maylam.  Written by Maylam, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Brad Grey and Peter Lawrence.  Starring Lou David, Jason Alexander, Brian Backer, Fisher Stevens, Holly Hunter, Ned Eisenberg, Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres and Larry Joshua.

Plot: horribly burned by a prank gone wrong, a man stalks and kills teenagers at summer camp.


At Camp Blackfoot, several campers pull a prank on Cropsy, the caretaker.  It goes horribly wrong and he’s burned all over.  The only thing that saves him is the river he rushes into.  He becomes a serious legend that campers all over tell stories about.  When he shows up at one such camp, he starts killing the campers there.  This is a pretty poor motive of course, so it didn’t get points from us for that.  DJ was also unaffected by the teenagers and he didn’t like the story.  I, however, thought it was pretty on par with a lot of other 80’s classics.

There were also plenty of boob shots and butts of both genders.  The raft massacre was something to see.  We’re not used to seeing one man go after so many people at a time.  Also, Sally really fights for her life, which is cool and we’re not so used to that either.  Especially during the 80’s.  We didn’t need all the 902 flashbacks they had.  I mean, we got the idea.  But the effects were pretty cool as Tom Savini was in charge of the specials.

Overall, I liked it.  It’s no Friday the 13th, but it’s good for a watch.  DJ hesitates to fully recommend it, but suggests it more as background noise as long as you have something else to do.

My score: 57.  DJ’s score: 41.

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