One of the All-Time Great Slasher Movies: The Burning (1981)
Savini, slaughter, and summer camp — no, it’s not Friday the 13th, it’s 1981’s The Burning, which stands as one of the all-time great slasher films.
Serial killer Cropsy is haunting the woods and killing campers in Tony Maylam’s underappreciated slasher classic. The Burning features performances from future stars Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter, special effects work from wizard of gore Tom Savini, and an infamous raft murder set piece that is the stuff of horror film legend.
Join me for a full breakdown of The Burning, complete with an explanation of why this slasher classic has stood the test of time.
Don’t breathe — YOU’RE DEAD!
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