The acting is terrific, and scares are sharp. Thanks to Tom Savini, the gore his cutting edge. This film would springboard many of it's actors and crew into some successful careers. Ms. Ayres would soon leave acting and devote her talents to working with children in Maryland. Enjoy "The Burning," as uncut and fine quality versions of this film exist on YouTube.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
The Burning, The Perfect Slasher Film
1981's "The Burning" seems to show up on everyone's top five list for slasher films. No flaws in this work, and a look at our feature 35 years after it's debut, may explain why this film is considered a horror classic. Tom Savini did the make-up f/x for "The Burning" shortly after he did them for "Dawn of the Dead." Harvey Weinstein (of Miramax fame) co-wrote the story. Jason Alexander (of Seinfeld fame) stars as one of the nymphomaniac campers. Oh yes, the very perky Leah Ayres, a 1980s heart-throb, plays the hero counselor. Look close for Holly Hunter. Oh yes...Cropsy! Shot near Buffalo, NY, and directed by Tony Maylam, let us delve into "The Burning."