The Burning
The Burning (1981)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 1, 1981
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anton Bitel

at a time when the subgenre was undergoing a boom & the market was saturated... The Burning does little to distinguish itself from the spate of other slashers with which it was vying for screen space

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the unexpected horror gems of the 1980s.

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Rob Gonsalves

It's a legitimately ugly movie; it gets under your skin.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Really works to its own beat, and is a ball from beginning to end.

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Dustin Putman

One of the more inspired early-'80s slasher pics.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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.

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Scott Weinberg

It's dated and sort of dull but there's some amazing gore and the new blu-ray makes it shine.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A 1980s slasher that manages to be efficient despite looking so trashy (there are scenes we can't even say if they are meant to take place during day or… More
Cory Taylor
If 'Friday the 13th' wasn't gleefully shlocky and stupefyingly dumb, it would probably resemble 'The Burning', a terrifying, brutal… More
Chris Weber
The early 80s saw a wave of clones, rip-offs, and imitators in the wake of slasher giant Friday the 13th's success. The Burning is one such film. The plot… More
Drew Smith
The Burning is trashy and not particularly innovative, but it plays around with slasher tropes just enough to make it worth watching. There are a few legitimate… More
Melvin White
Camp Counselor: 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… More
Bruce Bruce
I was very surprised as to the number of young actors in this movie that went on to be stars. Karen Hunter, Jason Alexander, Ned Eisenberg, and Brian Backer… More

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