The Burning: Collector’s Edition

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday May 21, 2013
The Burning: Collector’s Edition

With the overabundance of '80s slasher films out on the DVD/Blu-ray market, why is "The Burning," from 1981, so sought after? It's a prime example of a genre that continues on to this day, even if it is generic, dated and badly acted.

2007 saw the DVD debut of "The Burning," and this Blu-ray release is the better of the two. Featuring a great high-definition transfer and a slew of special features, this low-budget tale of campers who are stalked by a deranged killer mimics similar movies such as "Friday the 13th" and "Sleepaway Camp," and helped form what is now known as the camper/woods slasher film genre.

"The Burning" features both Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") and Holly Hunter ("The Piano") in very tiny roles as campers. Hedge clippers are the weapon of choice in this bloody movie, featuring special effects by genre expert Tom Savini. A memorable scene of five campers slaughtered at the same time on a raft makes "The Burning" notorious on the horror film circuit.

Among the special features are:

"Blood n Fire Memories:" This is a holdover from the DVD release, mostly featuring an interview with the film's makeup and effects artist Tom Savini.

"Slash & Cut:" An interview with editor Jack Sholder.

"Cropsy Speaks:" A bizarre interview with Lou David, who played the murderous villain Cropsy.

"Summer Camp Nightmare:" An interview with actress Leah Ayres, who went on to do television dramas and sitcoms.

There is also an audio commentary, still galleries, and the film's theatrical trailer, all restored in high-definition.

"The Burning"
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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