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A CLONE SLASHER FILM THAT SURPASSES THE ORIGINAL,
This review is from: The Burning (Uncut) [DVD] (DVD)
I LOVE this movie- I was lucky enough to see the film when it first came out as a kid. Full uncut. Before it was added to the Banned list in the U.K and taken off the shelves. I have enjoyed it ever since- It is better than most of the Friday the 13th series if not all (personal opinion of course). The story is excellent- (remember this was still quite original at the time) 1981!! and the acting is top notch.The opening burning scene is cool as the caretaker already looks creepy without being burnt, then when he is released from hospital after failed surgery months later,(see pic to right!--->) the gore starts- Tom Savini's (surely i don't need to introduce him?!) FX work on this film is some of his best, and the scissors pushed into the prostitutes stomach skin is great- especially as you can see him twisting it in as the blood spurts. Yummy. It then gives you time to get to know the Characters at camp blackfoot, this is still entertaining in a Porky's (old school American Pie kids!) kind of way. Then Cropsy (the caretaker- starts to 'take care' of business- see what i did there! lol) - usual (now cliched) midnight swims at the lake- shower scenes etc- but with attractive babes- bullying hunks and dweeby nerd type (still likeable) mix with the camp staff for a trip down river for some camping in tents- this is when the real guts hit the fan so to speak. awesome gore slasher attack, throat slits, impalings, shears in throat (Cropsy's cool weapon of choice) fingers cut off, head chops, picked up by shears in throat and pinned to a tree.- (now) obligatory death whilst having sex in a sleeping bag scene. Axe in face- shears in back- this movie has it (especially the shocking raft scene which is difficult to beat)- and if you haven't ever seen it- you have missed out on a real classic- it still stands the test of time to this day. And one of my favorite all time slasher movies. (as you may have noticed) But don't trust me- go out and see it yourself- i'll be surprised if you don't enjoy it. You can get the uncut version easily now a days- also has a young Jason Alexander (Sienfeld) in it. for you comedy fans- also Holly Hunters first role-- . .no disguising the fact that 'The Burning' is a rip off of 'Friday the 13th' so I won't bother arguing about it. The most important thing is that 'The Burning' has more likeable characters and they are killed off in gorier and more flamboyant ways. This makes it one of the few knock offs that I can think of that surpasses the original.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2013 13:11:40 GMT
G. A. Holohan says:
I saw this film back in 82, I was 13 at the time. Also saw it uncut released by Thorn EMI
This film could have had sequals but I am glad it didn't at least the killer was real to the film and not supernatural like Jason,Freddy.
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