Friday, November 25, 2011
THE BURNING (1981)
The kids at a summer camp pull a prank on the semi-half-retarded looking caretaker named Cropsy. The prank goes horribly wrong and Cropsy ends up burnt to a crisp. Five years later(!!!) he's released from the hospital and his first item of business is picking up a hooker. She gasps at his gnarly face and he rewards her with a blade in her fat belly.
Camp is back in session and for the next 40 minutes or so there's no killing, just camp hijinks and superhorny teenage hormones. It's awesome. Cropsy lurks in the shadows watching the kids, but he doesn't do anything. He waits until a group of the older kids go on an overnight canoe adventure before he strikes and holy fook it's bad ass!!! The raft massacre scene alone is worth watching the movie.
Outside of SLEEPAWAY CAMP and some of the FRIDAY THE 13TH films, THE BURNING is my favorite camp slasher. The campers are a really colorful bunch and honestly I would have been happy if Cropsy had never even showed up. I was having enough fun just following all the silly shit the campers did. Impressive camerawork, nudity, hilarious 80's fashions, a random kid pouring pepper into other kid's milk, girl laughing at water splashed onto camera and a lot of familiar faces among the young cast including Jason Alexander, Brian Backer, Fisher Stevens and Holly Hunter. Also the special effects were by Tom Savini who passed up on FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 to do THE BURNING!
Enjoyable movie. Check it out.