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THE BURNING (1981)

It’s another classic 80s slasher! There are almost too many of these out there, which is great in my book! THE BURNING is the too familiar story of the 80s cliché of prank-gone-wrong and revenge-gone-right. But that doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining. What separates this outing from others is the involvement of guru Tom Savini, and a young Jason Alexander. Even in a cheesy horror flick, he has the confidence and demeanor that shows his future starpower. While the woods setting is straight out of a Friday the 13th movie, what this film does right is a consistent tone throughout and some nice bloody mayhem. I may be biased as I love the 80s camping/woods horror trope but this one is still near the top of the list. In fact, this was on the Video Nasty list in the 80s – a list that originated out of the UK for movies deemed too violent and controversial. Now, that being said, this one isn’t that extreme. To put this in the same category as I Spit On Your Grave and Cannibal Holocaust? That may be reaching a bit, even with the scenes we get. Nonetheless, for a good time camping with some entertaining folks and some Savini gore, reserve your spot for The Burning. Check it out at for a camping experience and to witness a sarcastic Costanza with hair.


SLASH SCENE: The rowboats checking out the empty vessel in the middle of the ocean

SLASH SCORE: 4.5/5

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