Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Movie Review: The Burning (1981)

The Burning (1981) - USA - Rated R
Directed by Tony Maylam
Stars Jason Alexander, Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Fisher Stevens

A sleazier and more entertaining Friday the 13th inspired slasher flick based on an actual urban, or summer camp, legend.

A group of campers decide to play a prank on the caretaker of the summer camp, Cropsy, but things go wrong and they end up setting him on fire. Cropsy survives the fire, though with considerable scars from it, and several years later after being released from the hospital he returns to the camp to exact revenge on a new set of campers with a set of hedgeclippers in hand and nubile and naked young girls running around the woods.

The plot is as basic as it gets, even moreso than Friday the 13th, yet The Burning delivers on several things its predecessor failed on, and that is better character development, more sympathetic characters, a more threatening killer...and did I mention naked girls? The burning makes for an entertaining movie, despite a few flaws. Not much more can be said, and that's probably why it succeeds is it delivers the goods...simply.

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