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The Burning (1981)
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The Burning (1981) A caretaker at a summer camp is burned when a prank goes tragically wrong. After several years of intensive treatment at hospital, he is released back into society, albeit missing some social skills. What follows is a bloody killing spree with the caretaker making his way back to his old stomping ground to confront one of the youths that accidently burned him.

Movie Tagline:
Gather Around the Campfire to Die!

Also Known As:

Title: Burning, The
Release Date: May 08, 1981
Runtime: 91 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror
Languages: English
Country: USA, Canada
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.1
Buried.com Rating: 7.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B

MPAA Rating: R

Tony Maylam

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
Shelley Bruce ...Tiger
Sarah Chodoff ...Barbara
Bonnie Deroski ...Marnie
Holly Hunter ...Sophie
Kevi Kendall ...Diane
J.R. McKechnie ...Fish
George Parry ...Alan
Ame Segull ...Rhoda
Jeff De Hart ...Supervisor
Bruce Kluger ...Rod
Keith Mandell ...young Todd
Jerry McGee ...Intern
Mansoor Najeeullah ...Orderly (as Mansoor Najee-ullah)
Willie Reale ...Paul
John Roach ...Snoop
K.C. Townsend ...Hooker
John Tripp ...Camp Counselor
James Van Verth ...Jamie
Robert O'Neill ...Camper

Michael Cohl
Andre Djaoui
Dany Ubaud
Jean Ubaud
Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein
Tony Maylam
Brad Grey
Peter Lawrence
Bob Weinstein

Rick Wakeman

Movie Soundtrack(s):

More Movie Taglines:
  • Gather Around the Campfire to Die!
  • It will take you further than fear.
  • A legend of terror isn't a campfire story anymore!
  • Don't look, he'll see you. Don't breathe, he'll hear you. Don't move... you're dead!
  • A brutal horrific act made him kill and kill and kill
  • Today is not Friday the 13th. But if you see this movie alone... you'll never be the same again!
  • Come Face To Face With The Creation of Evil!
  • The most frightening of all maniac films.
  • If you go down to the woods today... Watch out for Cropsy!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Sophie: Hey Todd... over here!
  • Michelle: What are we going to do now? Todd: All right, we'll all split up and search this whole area. The canoes have to be around here somewhere. Sophie: What happens if we don't find them? Todd: Then we'll build a raft, or something. [the campers murmur and grumble]
  • Orderly: How long have you been working here? Intern: I just started working Sunday. Orderly: You like your job? Intern: Yeah, it's fine. Orderly: Well, when you've seen what I've seen, you'll soon change your mind. Hey listen, after two months of working here, you'll start to feel like an old man. Guys like you won't last five minutes. Hey, there's this guy down the hall in the burn center I'd like you to see. After you see this guy, you'll never want to come back in here again. Man, this guy is so burned, he's cooked! A fucking Big Mac, overdone! You know what I mean? And, it's a miracle that he's still alive. If it was me, I'd prefer to be dead. No way I'd want to be this freak. He's a monster, man! I've been working here 10 years and I'm telling you, I've never seen anything like this. Intern: Listen, I've got to be... Orderly: Come on, in here, man. Intern: Look, I've got to go. Orderly: Hey, you want to be a doctor, right? This is what you've got to see. This is where it's at!
  • Dave: [looking at Playboy] God bless her mom and dad.
  • [last lines] Camp Counselor: They never found his body, but they say his spirit lives in the forest. This forest. A maniac, a thing no longer human. They say he lives on whatever he can catch. Eats them raw, alive maybe. And every year he picks on a summer camp and seeks his revenge for the terrible things those kids did to him. Every year he kills. Right now he's out there. Watching. Waiting. So don't look; he'll see you. Don't breathe; he'll hear you. Don't move; you're dead!
Movie Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens, and Holly Hunter.
  • Many people also claim that there was an early appearance by Laurence Fishburne, as the hospital orderly whose arm is grabbed by Cropsy's horrifically burnt hand just before the opening title sequence. This actor was actually Mansoor Najeeullah
  • This is the film that launched the careers of acclaimed producers Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein. Their mother Miriam Weinstein is also a pre-production assistant on the film.
  • Larry Joshua is actually older than the two main counselors.
  • Actors had trouble holding up the garden sheers to the liking of director Tony Maylam, so in a lot of the scenes in which costumed Cropsy kills (most notably the infamous raft scene), he played the killer himself.
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