THE BURNING (1981) Reviews of classic slasher

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Cast and characters:
Brian Matthews … Todd
Leah Ayres … Michelle
Brian Backer … Alfred
Larry Joshua … Glazer
Jason Alexander … Dave
Ned Eisenberg … Eddy
Carrick Glenn … Sally
Carolyn Houlihan … Karen
Fisher Stevens … Woodstock
Lou David … Cropsy
Shelley Bruce … Tiger
Sarah Chodoff … Barbara
Bonnie Deroski … Marnie
Holly Hunter … Sophie
Kevi Kendall … Diane
J.R. McKechnie … Fish
George Parry … Alan
Ame Segull … Rhoda
Jeff DeHart … Supervisor
Bruce Kluger … Rod
Keith Mandell … Young Todd
Jerry McGee … Intern
Mansoor Najee-ullah … Orderly
Willie Reale … Paul
John Roach … Snoop
K.C. Townsend … Hooker
John Tripp … Camp Counselor
James Van Verth … Jamie
Greg Hinaman … Camper
Timothy Klein … Camp Counselor
Robert O’Neill … Camper

Filming locations:
Buffalo, Letchworth State Park and North Tonawanda, New York

Film fact:
Edited by Jack Sholder who went on to direct New Line Cinema’s first movie, Alone in the Dark (1982), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), The Hidden (1987), Arachnid (2001), plus other genre titles.

The Burning appeared on the British Director of Public Prosecution’s list as a so-called ‘video nasty‘ when major company Thorn EMI issued it in an uncensored version seemingly by mistake but was quickly dropped from the list when the BBFC ‘X’ rated version was substituted. This censored version was stamped by EMI on its label to differentiate it from the uncut version, dealers being encouraged to return any ‘rogue’ copies.

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