Burning [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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One of the very best early 80's slasher movies with many positive points, the special effects by Tom Savini are excellent , the performances are unusually for this kind of thing very decent including some soon to be famous faces- Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter, Fisher Stevens, the direction is competent, the look and feel of the production overall way surpassed my expectations and the fact they used a real urban legend in Cropsy as the maniac was a real bonus. The movie also conjures up a modicum of tension also the raft and cave scenes are particularly good. The only real downside however is the lack of originality thanks in no small part to the previous years Friday The 13th, which did make me feel I'd been here before. Head and shoulders above many of it's contemporaries this does stand out among films of the time with the fact it's just a very good film.
Thorn EMI who released the film in the UK on home video in 1982 in error released the uncut version not the BBFC slightly trimmed version and this uncut version subsequently landed on the video nasty list in 1983, this also clearly gave the film some of it's notoriety.
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.
I have read that most film critics at the time did not think highly of this film, which led to the film being a flop at the cinemas, but with the cult following which followed the VHS release,(good old fans again) they are now changing their views. For me and most horror fans who love this film ew new it was pure class when we first seen it.
This is a brilliant film with a great cast/plot and direction. Hopefully their will be a UK Blu-ray release soon, as the yanks release is region locked, once again.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was very good and even better than when I first see it when I was much younger than I am now I would reckomend it to other horror fans who liked the 80s horror filmsPublished 13 days ago by paul cooch
Limited to 4000 copies grab it while stocks last great movie and we'll deserved fan art added to the steel book just curious what the back will look like and also inside.Published 18 days ago by ramonasinger
I saw this film when it first came out, we jumped out of our seats it was very scary. Second time round it has dated somewhat but still has a few scary scenes.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Quality is not great, but this was a good slasher movie and is up there with Halloween and the first Friday the 13th.Published 3 months ago by Ian Doran
Another Fantastic Buy as Usual From Zoverstocks , Very Happy Will Always Buy From These Guys HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A++++++Published 4 months ago by Justin Williams
I have been wanting to see the movie for a while now. Big fan of 80s horror. I think the story line is good BUT!!! The acting is terrible also abit slow,and a quick finish. Read morePublished 6 months ago by paulie