The Burning

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‘The Burning’ is the blood-soaked daddy of Campfire carnage!

While oft disparaged as being too derivative, director Tony ‘Split Second’ Maylam’s ‘The Burning’ (1981) is arguably one of the more visibly prototypical, definitely the most pyrotechnical of the 1st especially bloody wave of post-Voorhees slashers and even today remains the most blatantly ‘influential’ resource for a good few of the myriad retrograde slashers fashioned in its wickedly exploitative wrong-headed wake. Set in the meticulously mounted murder milieu of bucolic, lakeside ‘Camp Blackfoot’, a fiendishly vengeful, fear-mongering plot by a conspiring clutch of unhappy campers hatched to scare the living Christ into sadistically cruel camp caretaker Cropsy (Lou David) takes an excruciatingly fateful turn for the nefarious, where their macabre shenanigans unexpectedly ushered in the terrible, lake-stalking, limb-lopping legend of ‘Cropsy’, that insidiously forest-foraging, raw meat purloining perpetrator of twin-bladed, body cavity calamity which also inadvertently brought out the unnecessarily censorious scissors of the British censors! Many years later, allowing more than enough time for his psychosis to acidly percolate to an apocalyptic level of maniacal hatred, a sinuous slew of sleek-limbed nubiles have noisily sojourned at a near-by camp, one fortuitously close to killer Cropsy’s hunting ground and not long after the requisite preliminary pop-topping hi jinks are dutifully completed, the sensationally sanguineous, Tom Savini wrought mayhem begins in evil earnest, being ably assisted by some expertly sinister synth vibes from prolific prog maestro Rick Wakeman, and outside of Evilspeak’s skeezey satanic Creep Coopersmith (Clint Howard), The Burning’s very own asinine dweeb Alfred (Brian Backer) is quite possibly one of 80s Slasherdom’s more eminently expendable characters! ‘The Burning’ certainly isn’t the best of its kind, but the pervasive cult of ‘Campfire Cropsy’ remains undiminished largely due to its almost autistic adherence to delirious Drive-In terror tropes, which still provided considerably grisly grist for the current crop of next-generation celluloid perpetrating Cropsyites! ‘The Burning’ is the blood-soaked daddy of Campfire carnage! Don’t even breathe!!!.......or you’re DEAD!!!’ (For any yet to see the film, close scrutiny of the youthful cast will swiftly reveal some singularly notable visages.)

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