Burning

Burning

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Director: Tony Maylam

Cast: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer

     
 

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Apart from early appearances by Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter, an interesting score by Rick Wakeman, and some typically effective work by effects icon Tom Savini, this slasher film is also among the more frightening of its kind. The plot concerns a summer-camp caretaker named Cropsy (Lou David) who is horribly burned by mischievous teen campers during a botched… See more details below

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Apart from early appearances by Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter, an interesting score by Rick Wakeman, and some typically effective work by effects icon Tom Savini, this slasher film is also among the more frightening of its kind. The plot concerns a summer-camp caretaker named Cropsy (Lou David) who is horribly burned by mischievous teen campers during a botched practical joke. Years later, he leaves the hospital as a disfigured gloppy mess with an axe (actually, hedgeclippers) to grind. After dispatching a local prostitute, Cropsy heads out to the wilderness to terrorize a group of campers. They're the usual bunch of horny, obnoxious teenagers, but there are some interesting performances by Larry Joshua as a mean-spirited bully and Brian Backer (of Fast Times at Ridgemont High) as a put-upon nerd. The campers visit an island and, in a scene heavily cut by the ratings board prior to release, several of them die in a horrifying mass slaughter aboard a boat. The remaining teens are brutally picked off one by one until Cropsy is finally defeated.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
A seminal early slasher in the history of horror, The Burning is a bloody, sex-filled summer-camp romp that dishes out the kills and the scares in healthy doses. One of the first films to carry the Miramax brand with story, screenplay, and produced-by credits going to the Weinstein brothers, the film has become not only a cult film for the genre crowd, but also a bastard piece of cinema history. Thanks to a disagreement with the producers of Friday the 13th, Part 2, makeup effects maestro Tom Savini also jumped onboard and created some of his most masterful effects on the project. With deliberant pacing and shocking scenes of full-on gore, The Burning delivers on the creep-out levels and would probably be better regarded if not for the boom of familiar flicks that came out after this release. Keep your eyes out for Jason Alexander (with hair) as one of the main horny camp counselors and a very young Holly Hunter as a camper with one line of dialogue. Infamous for its raft massacre scene, the film was severely cut for its domestic distribution and has yet to see an uncut release here in the States.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0826663140279
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
15,781

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Director Tony Maylam and International Journalist Alan Jones Blood 'n' Fire Memories Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Matthews Todd
Leah Ayres Michelle
Brian Backer Alfred
Larry Joshua Glazer
Jason Alexander Dave
Ned Eisenberg Eddy
Carrick Glenn Sally
Carolyn Houlihan Karen
Fisher Stevens Woodstock
Lou David Cropsy
Bonnie Deroski Marnie
Holly Hunter Sophie
Bruce Kluger Rod
Jerry McGee Intern
Mansoor Najeeullah Orderly

Technical Credits
Tony Maylam Director,Original Story
Alan Brewer Musical Direction/Supervision
Carl Clifford Asst. Director
Michael Cohl Executive Producer
André Djaoui Executive Producer
Brad Grey Original Story
Harvey Harrison Cinematographer
Peter Lawrence Screenwriter
David Rabe Screenwriter
Tom Savini Makeup Special Effects
Jack Sholder Editor
John Sholder Editor
Dany Ubaud Associate Producer
Jean Ubaud Executive Producer
Rick Wakeman Score Composer
Bob Weinstein Screenwriter
Harvey Weinstein Original Story,Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Burning
1. Chapter 1 [9:19]
2. Chapter 2 [8:05]
3. Chapter 3 [8:42]
4. Chapter 4 [7:12]
5. Chapter 5 [7:00]
6. Chapter 6 [9:05]
7. Chapter 7 [7:19]
8. Chapter 8 [4:32]
9. Chapter 9 [5:44]
10. Chapter 10 [2:37]
11. Chapter 11 [5:51]
12. Chapter 12 [10:39]
13. Chapter 13 [2:47]
14. Chapter 14 [2:28]

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