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Apart from early appearances by Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter, an interesting score by Rick Wakeman, and some typically effective work by effects icon Tom Savini, this slasher film is also among the more frightening of its kind. The plot concerns a summer-camp caretaker named Cropsy (Lou David) who is horribly burned by mischievous teen campers during a botched practical joke. Years later, he leaves the hospital as a disfigured gloppy mess with an axe (actually, hedgeclippers) to grind. After dispatching a local prostitute, Cropsy heads out to the wilderness to terrorize a group of campers. They're the usual bunch of horny, obnoxious teenagers, but there are some interesting performances by Larry Joshua as a mean-spirited bully and Brian Backer (of Fast Times at Ridgemont High) as a put-upon nerd. The campers visit an island and, in a scene heavily cut by the ratings board prior to release, several of them die in a horrifying mass slaughter aboard a boat. The remaining teens are brutally picked off one by one until Cropsy is finally defeated. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
Commentary by Director Tony Maylam and International Film Journalist Alan Jones
Blood 'N' Fire Memories
- Countries ProducedUSA
- Duration91 minutes
- Year of Release1981
- Screen FormatEnhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
- Subtitle LanguagesEng/Spa/Fre
- Aspect Ratio1.85:1
- Chapter InfoDisc #1 -- Burning, 1. The Burning [5:40], 2. Monster/Main Titles [3:38], 3. Please Just Go [3:47], 4. Lost Ball [4:17], 5. Who's There? [8:40], 6. Ready, Aim... [3:46], 7. Face in the Window [4:50], 8. Lights Out [4:10], 9. Campfire Tale [3:33], 10. He's Out There [1:18], 11. A Private Swim [6:00], 12. Missing [6:59], 13. Abandoned Canoe [3:05], 14. I'll Be Right Back [1:25], 15. This a Trick? [5:45], 16. Drifting [2:37], 17. A Killer's Out There [2:32], 18. Are You In? [6:04], 19. Hunter and Hunted [5:01], 20. Don't Move/End Titles [4:40]