The Burning
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Apart from early appearances by Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter, an interesting score by Rick Wakeman, and some typically effective work by effects icon Tom Savini, this slasher film is also among the more frightening of its kind. The plot concerns a summer-camp caretaker named Cropsy (Lou David) who is horribly burned by mischievous teen campers during a botched practical joke. Years later, he leaves the hospital as a disfigured gloppy mess with an axe (actually, hedgeclippers) to grind. After dispatching a local prostitute, Cropsy heads out to the wilderness to terrorize a group of campers.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Really works to its own beat, and is a ball from beginning to end."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"One of the more inspired early-'80s slasher pics."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"It's a movie very much like Tolkien's writing: if you don't discover it in junior high, you'll never appreciate it the way it was meant to be appreciated again."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It's dated and sort of dull but there's some amazing gore and the new blu-ray makes it shine."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"One of the unexpected horror gems of the 1980s."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's a legitimately ugly movie; it gets under your skin."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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