Sunday, February 12, 2012
The Burning (1981)
Maniac, The Prowler and Don't Answer The Phone are amongst my favorites from this year and movies like The Burning are here to show that the stalk and slash movies are going to stick around for a while and the simple formula in movie massacre will continue to bring people into the theater seats. The Burning is a pretty gory movie and while it may start a bit on the slow side it really takes off once we get to the infamous raft scene where our killer takes out four teenagers at once.
This movie is mostly remembered for the raft scene that I mentioned before. In what is probably less then a minute of runtime we have three fingers being chopped off in gory detail, A fatal throat wound, Face slashing and brutal stabbings.
We do get some bare breasts and bush on display and not to mention a very young George Costanza from the Seinfeld television series in his first screen appearance. Unfortunately we don't get to see George get killed and chopped to bits. Maybe when Hollywood decides to remake this one they can kill that old prick off.
Fans of this movie should also check out the Italian slasher Haunts. That one offers up a black gloved killer using scissors as a weapon of choice. While they might not cause quite as much damage as garden sheers its still worth a watch. "Trust me baby. You're gonna love it".