Quick – who’s one of the most underrated horror villains of all time???? If your answer is the killer elevator from the 1983 Dutch movie, The Lift – I’m sorry to say that you’re wrong. An ambitious choice, but still wrong. The correct answer is Cropsy from 1981’s, The Burning! And for some reason, I was daydreaming about this movie this morning and decided to look up the trailer:
A few things stick out when I watch that. First being that I love Rick Wakeman’s wonderful 80’s synthy score. It fits perfectly, as do those amazing garden shears that are Cropsy’s weapon of choice. Spoiler Alert:He uses those things to great extent when he butchers a bunch of kids on canoes. The last thing that really stuck out about the trailer was the classic 80’s voiceover. Aside from sorely missing this aspect in trailers nowadays, I couldn’t help but think of a certain ‘fake’ trailer when I was listening to the guy saying “If you’re planning to go camping…..Don’t!“.
If you think you’ll see a better fake trailer than that one……you won’t! Ehhh – that doesn’t have the same impact as saying “Don’t!“. My apologies.
I think that wood rafting doesn’t get the kind of respect it deserves nowadays. Back in 1981, wood rafting was all the rage in the slasher film, The Burning. It was incorporated into the highlight of the film and I’m highlighting it on this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.
For those unaware, The Burning is your standard 80’s revenge slasher flick and it starred some of Tom Savini’s best make-up effects from his career. And without a doubt, his crown jewel from this movie was the rafting scene where a group of kids unknowingly stumble upon Cropsy and his gardening shears. Enjoy!
Want to hear three horror fans rip on a slasher film that some herald as being a disputable masterpiece? Well here you go because we’re back at it again and welcome you to another podcast in The Dirty Room – our mad scientific creation between the Get Out The Room podcast and Dirty Horror. Last week we dove into Re-Animator, and this week we dip our toe into the water that is the 1981 Tom Savini assisted, The Burning. So click the link HERE and listen to us give our two cents about Cropsy and his melting face, Sally’s shower scene, the random big names in the movie, and whether or not this overhyped slasher needs a remake. Serenity now!