The Burning (1981) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

the burning (1981)

The Burning(1981)

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  • Release Date:  1981
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Tony Maylam
  • Screenwriter:  Bob Weinstein, Brad Grey, Harvey Weinstein, Peter Lawrence, Tony Maylam
  • Cast & Crew: Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Larry Joshua, Ned Eisenberg, Carrick Glenn, Carolyn Houlihan, and Shelley Bruce.

The Burning (1981) Rating:

  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Ronan = 5 / 10;
  • Drew = 9 / 10;
  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10
  • IMDB = 6.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.4/10;

The Burning (1981) Synopsis:

After being accidently burned and disfigured by a prank gone wrong, the caretaker of a summer camp comes back to kill for its revenge.

The Burning (1981) Review:

Despite its notoriety, I only watched this famous slasher quite late, and the first thing that struck me was the similarity with its counterpart, the original Friday the 13th, released only one year earlier. Both films feature a group of teens in a summer camp, a mysterious killer decimating youngsters one after the other in gruesome ways, and a surprise ending. The only difference really lies in a large amount of sex and gore scenes that The Burning features in comparison with Friday the 13th.

This slasher could well be one of the goriest one from the ’80s. Some of the scenes, for example, the raft massacre, are unforgettable. The special effects, done by the master of special effects Tom Savini, are surprisingly shocking, even to modern standards.

The story is one of your average slashers, with its usual surprise ending. On the less bright aspect, the movie is quite slow. Whereas most slashers increase the tension slowly in the first half, The Burning shows the kids having fun for 45 minutes before slaughtering them savagely in the second part of the film.

Not being fond of the original Friday the 13th, I found The Burning to be in the same vein, a little slow and a little silly. However, the awesome splatter scenes of this one make it rank a little higher in my heart.

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