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The Burning (Uncut) [DVD]

Brian Matthews , Leah Ayres , Tony Maylam    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua, Jason Alexander
  • Directors: Tony Maylam
  • Writers: Tony Maylam, Bob Weinstein, Brad Grey, Harvey Weinstein, Peter Lawrence
  • Producers: André Djaoui, Daniel Ubaud
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Vipco
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006SKTX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A group of teenagers try to play a prank on their summer camp caretaker but it badly misfires. Years later the hideously disfigured victim seeks revenge by returning to the camp with a pair of hedge clippers...This gory horror film features Holly Hunter in her screen debut and a scary synthesizer score by keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An above average slasher movie. 16 Nov 2002
For a slasher film belonging to the Vipco horror label this film is actually very good. Of course, only fans of the genre will truly like it, as people who don't like these type of films will probably detest it.
THE BURNING has some notoriety as being one of the goriest slasher movies ever made, and it is easy to see why it has built this reputation in this new uncut version of the film. Tom Savini, the make-up artist best known for his work on the latter two of Romero's zombie trilogy (he also directed the 1990 remake), was responsible for the impressive gore effects, and they are indeed very gory.
The story is familiar: a group of kids play a prank on someone, it goes wrong, then the person comes back and takes his revenge. In THE BURNING, the sadistic caretaker of a summer camp is burnt practically beyond recognition in a prank gone wrong, and after five years of unsuccessful recovery in hospital, ventures out to exact his revenge on the teenage population of various summer camps.
Where this film rises above such trash as FRIDAY THE 13TH is its inclusion of some actual sub-plots. A teenager is constantly bullied, there are various relationships taking place, things like that. On taking a canoe trip the teenagers later find that their canoes have been taken, and have to deal with being stranded in the woods as well as being terrorised by a disfigured serial killer (whose face we get to see in all its gory detail at the end of the film).
The acting is good for a slasher flick, and there are some actors in the film that have gone on to make names for themselves today (look out for a young Holly Hunter; believe me, I couldn't spot her until I read the filmographies on the DVD).
While not a patch on HALLOWEEN, this is really an above average horror film, with its fair share of humour, shocks and gore. Definetly one of the few good Vipco horror films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot stuff 31 Dec 2010
By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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An excellent 80's slasher; better than Friday the 13th in my opinion. Poor Cropsy a teen camp caretaker gets horribly burnt in a cruel prank by a group of campers, survives but spends 5 years suffering in hospital subjected to unsuccessful skin grafts etc before leaving terribly disfigured and more than a bit peeved to lash out at all and sundry though gravitates back towards 'Blackfoot Camp' to wreak his vengeance against the soon to be unhappy campers who reside there.
A bit of a slow burner, there is only one slaying within the first half of the film but then all hell is set loose and Cropsy really goes to work with his garden shears. Featuring a good protagonist in Cropsy, good killings with one stand out set piece of slaughter in particular, great special effects by Savini, nudity, and a nice straight-forward story The Burning has lots to recommend though is unlikely to convert those who just don't like slasher type films. Hadn't seen it for 20 years and was really impressed with how the effects still looked great, a so much better time for horrors before the advent of CGI. Excellent all round.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 80s Horror Movie 26 Oct 2010
By Andy
Any fan of the genre of 80's horror will love this movie, but beneath the norm of gory deaths, naked teens and campfire stories there lies a truly great movie behind the surface. The storytelling is great, the build up and character development is sensational for a slasher movie, and if the wonderfully gruesome special effects aren't enough to keep you hooked the magnificent plot will. Apart from a great story this movie does what many other in it's genre fail to do - scare you! There are many edge-of-your-seat moments and genuinely frightening scenes. Overall it is a great movie which is underrated by many, I would put it up there with the likes of Friday 13th and Halloween, it's a shame it doesn't get recognized in popular culture like the two aforementioned do because it's really a top drawer horror movie. It's refreshing that an 80's slasher movie can have such an original plot and back-story, but it doesn't stray too far from it's roots leaving both hardcore horror fans and casual movie watchers satisfied.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Summer Camp Slayer 23 Oct 2009
This movie I think gets a mention in the commentary on the Simpsons Tree House of Horror in which grounds keeper Willy becomes a Freddy Kreuger style killer and I think also in the humour section How To Survive A Horror Movie. The character of Cropsy, the hell bent for revenge killer, is a lot like the "Scissorman" featured in the Clocktower games for the playstation too.

This is one of the original summer camp slayer movies and there are lot of people who act in the movie who will be familiar to viewers from elsewhere, having gone on to other movies or appearing in TV series.

Thematically this movie is like a lot of the clones that have appeared since, kids at a summer camp like to tell tales of a sinister quasi-supernatural, disfigured personage from the camp's past who will one day return to exact horrible vengence upon camp counsellors and campers for past wrongs suffered at their hands. The serious shame is that were you to describe that theme and ask anyone what film you are talking about you are most likely to hear them say you are talking about the Friday The Thirteenth movies, which are very, very poor by comparison.

This movie is vastly superior, not simply for it being original, but also for its working on a number of levels. It didnt feel like a straight forward stalker horror where bodycount fills in for a plot or storyline. Instead its not just a tale about Cropsy, hell bent for revenge killer, but a more interesting story about the incident which serves as the genesis for this character, those involved and how it effected their lives later. It'll no doubt sound strange but it works as a summer camp movie too.

This is highly recommended as a superior horror movie, far superior to its imitators. I'd hope that simply by watching it viewers could come away with a changed point of view about how awful a lot of the hack and slash movies are by comparison.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The burning
Love these 80s horror flix. Well done amazon for letting us purchase these classics. The gore still stands strong today thanx to tom savini none of this cgi rubbish here:) if... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Wayne whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "Slasher" films ever made !!!
Wot a great 80s "slasher" flick ..... It has ALL the required ingredients :-

1. "Psycho killer" with a grudge (and a vicious pair of shiny shears)... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Travmeister
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for burning
No didn't like this one a movie to watch and move on from,overall it's a case of been there done that
Published 3 months ago by whos toys
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this movie!
First time I saw The Burning was on my grandads uncut VHS around about 1996.
Ever since then I've been a huge fan, and prefer it over Friday 13th. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. I. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great presentation of an eighties classic.
***This review is for SCREAM FACTORY'S BLU-RAY RELEASE*******

When a prank goes horribly wrong, summer camp caretaker Cropsey gets horribly burned. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. K. Arts
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
i have watch 3 times in one week brilliant film and good actor in this film
i wish it make more film like friday the 13th part 1-9 so i wish them make the burning 1-9
Published 14 months ago by christopher feeley
5.0 out of 5 stars Should of been as big as Halloween and Friday the 13th.
I watched this unknown early 80's slasher gem today and boy was i entertained and scared.
The film starts out very exciting and really maintains this through the duration of... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Will Paice
4.0 out of 5 stars The Burning
My order arrived within the specified time,and more importantly in good condition.As for the film itself,it`s a reminder of the glory days of the slasher flicks of the 80`s,that so... Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Mr. S. D. Jee
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie
This is one of the best of its genre, I can't say it is better than Halloween or the original Friday 13th but it is up there with them both and far superior to any of the... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2012 by n dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars the burning region 1 mgm release
great film great transfer few decent extras one of the video nasties in the uk in the 80s and one of the very few that is actually any good lol would be great on blu-ray
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Mrs. Catherine Taylor
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