The Burning (1981)
Synopsis: Sadistic caretaker Cropsy returns to a summer camp to seek revenge on those who horrifically burned him when a prank went wrong.
Director: Tony Maylam
Runtime: 91 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Netflix (US): No
Jump Scares: 21 (6 major, 15 minor)
Jump Scare Rating: Compared to many other 80s slashers, The Burning creates a surprising amount of tension and executes some effective jump scares. A rather shrill sound effect is used to emphaise most of these scares which might irritate some viewers.
Jump Scare Times
3:18 – Accompanied by a loud sound effect, a man suddenly sits up in his bed.
4:44 – Accompanied by another sound effect, the camera cuts to a close up of a skull covered in worms.
7:43 – A burnt hand reaches out to grab one of the doctors. [Video]
20:56 – Sally opens the shower curtain and screams.
31:48 – Alfred sees a figure at the window (a jarring sound effect plays at the same time).
32:34 – A bird flies out as Todd opens a door.
43:09 – A man in a mask jumps out (as a prank), scaring the group. [Video]
48:55 – Cropsy appears as Karen reaches for her dress.
59:09 – Cropsy jumps out of the canoe and attacks the group. [Video]
1:04:27 – Cropsy appears in front of Sally.
1:06:30 – Glazer is stabbed by Cropsy.
1:08:33 – Todd sees Glazer’s dead body.
1:11:26 – A hand from one of the corpses falls onto Michelle.
1:11:34 – A corpse floats to the surface scaring Michelle once more.
1:17:47 – Cropsy’s hand appears from around a corner to grab Alfred.
1:20:27 – During a tense scene Todd puts his foot through a floorboard and falls to the ground.
1:20:49 – Some dirt falls down the mine-shaft startling Todd.
1:21:46 – Accompanied by a loud sound effect, Todd sees a corpse. [Video]
1:24:55 – Cropsy’s disfigured face suddenly appears on screen (once again accompanied by a loud sound effect. [Video]
1:25:31 – Several short sharp flashbacks over the next 20 seconds may startle some viewers.
1:26:53 – Cropsy leaps up to attack Todd and Alfred. [Video]
(Major scares in bold)