Netflix Streaming Friday - "The Burning"

Everyone remembers "Friday the 13th" as being a super gory flick with a giant machete welding manic butchering horny teenagers. Problem is, that's really not the case at all. There's actually very little gore in the film at all, no one gets killed with a machete and Jason isn't even in it until the last thirty seconds and even then he's a pudgy tween. In fact, he doesn't even don his signature hockey mask until the third film the series, the less than stellar, "Friday the 13th: Part 3D". So then if you're looking for that prototypical '80's camp slasher, where do you turn if not to "Friday the 13th"? The answer's easy, "The Burning".

Despite being a pretty fantastic little movie, "The Burning" still manages to be relatively unknown and kind of obscure. And I really don't understand why. It's ridiculously over the top, the gore is insane (this film was even labeled a "video nastie" in the UK and was banned) and one of the horny teenagers happens to be a very young Jason Alexander, best known for his role as George Costanza on "Seinfeld", which makes it that much better. It's a shame that this film is still so obscure as I still hold that it's one of my favorites from the decade.

There's also a pretty killer scene involving a raft. But I won't ruin that for you. Best you just stream this film this weekend and see for yourself.

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