The Burning (1981)

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  •  (4 out of 5 stars)

Fans of summer camp slasher movies should see The Burning (1981)! The plot is as simple as it gets when it comes to slasher revenge movies. A camp caretaker named Cropsy is burned and disfigured from a prank gone wrong, and he returns five years later to the summer camp to get revenge. The pleasures of this film include the enjoyable cast of campers and counselors played by Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Jason Alexander (yes George Costanza is in this), a young Fisher Stevens, and even Holly Hunter in her first film role. The campers get up to all sorts of shenanigans and sexual hijinks, and all along the way the point-of-view camera angle of Cropsy is watching. Wielding a garden shears, Cropsy begins dispatching with the campers, including a phenomenal ambush from a canoe. It's exactly what you'd expect from a solid summer camp slasher, if that is what you're in the mood for.

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