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Old 09-24-23, 11:43 PM
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Old 09-24-23, 11:44 PM
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Re: "The Burning" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

This movie is pretty much the essence of 1980s slasher movies, I think it's also one of the better ones. Aside from the great special effects, I think the movie really benefits from having a pretty strong young cast. The UHD almost looks too good. It helps expose some of the effects. It's pretty amazing that we're getting so many of these on UHD.
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Re: "The Burning" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

I would love to see the UHD but didn't really feel the need to own this film though I really like it a lot. I had never even heard of it until two decades after it came out. It seems its reputation has grown even more over the last 20 years.

I think the cast is good, the story is compelling, and the kills and killer are interesting and well done. The biggest thing that feels out of place is the hooker death. Never have really understood that one.

Also, the kids are good. They look and act like teenagers. The kid played by a guy named Jason Alexander is quite funny and likable. Whatever happened to him?

The Glazer character is one of the biggest pieces of shit in any movie and unfortunately I knew a lot of kids who acted just like him.

This is probably one of the best Friday the 13th rip-offs. Who knows, if it had come first, would we have a dozen Cropsy movies?

My rating: ***1/2 out of *****

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The Burning is a classic slasher film, not just for the iconic raft kill sequence, but also for the realistic and relatable characters, which is a long forgotten key component to a successful horror film. I agree with all of the above comments.
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Re: "The Burning" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

The hangout vibe from most of the movie was good, character development but relatable summer camp stuff. Probably today everyone would be on their phone. Bookending the film with more gorey segments works and prevent it from ever feeling too slow.
That raft scene is pretty epic - over the top but stylized to a point it feels intense.
The garden shears as a murder weapon is a really cool image but in reality, unless they're amazingly sharp, those have to be awfully awkward to try to attack someone with (never mind a boat of people)
Very cool how they let the killer be part of a campfire story mythology - a creature beyond the film that could be anywhere. Too many movies try to over define the bad guy and end up containing it to Crystal Lake, dreams, the house on haunted hill, etc etc.
It's interesting how horror movies sometimes make villains out of somehow just because they were horribly burned when bullying went too far.
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Re: "The Burning" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

Mark Ratner from Fast Times. Iíve put off watching this one forever, and it was good to finally watch the blu. This felt like a fairly standard summer camp slasher, but from 1981, before all those summer camp movies had been made. No red-herrings here, we know exactly who the killer is.
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Re: "The Burning" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

Watched this last night on Tubi. It comes from an era when I was too afraid to watch horror, and I had never seen it. It's funny how many faces I recognized, and hey Jason Alexander had hair! I kept trying to place where I had seen Michelle before, as she looks gorgeous and familiar here, and I'm thinking it has to be from Bloodsport, which I haven't seen in many years, but was a staple on cable in my home (and I'm sure many others). It's actually a pretty good and effective slasher, from a time before sequelitis had run the genre into the ground. Doesn't overstay it's welcome and the kills are gruesome and effective. I would watch this again.

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