The Burning is loosely based on the NY urban legend of Cropsey, a tale that became popular at summer camps in the 1960s and 1970s. In the film, a summer camp caretaker who was horribly disfigured from a prank gone wrong is released from the hospital with severe deformities and seeks revenge on those he holds responsible, starting with the kids at a nearby summer camp. Made at the height of the low-budget slasher-film craze fueled by the success of Halloween and Friday the 13th in the early 1980s, the film has become notable for being the first release from Miramax Films. Theatrically released in the U.S. in May 1981, it has since gained a cult following and reappraisal by critics.
The iconic score for the film was composed and performed by Yes' Rick Wakeman. He also composed numerous soundtracks and additional music for films like Creepshow 2 (1987), Crimes Of Passion (1984) and The Phantom Of The Opera (1990). Wakeman delivers a scary soundtrack to go with the film, even paranoid sounding at times, contrasted with delicate and highly beautiful piano work which crashes into the powerful pulsating synth driven sections that are his trademark. Jazz components mixed with eerie ambient electronics makes this an essential release for fans of horror movie soundtracks.
One Way Static's first pressing dates from 2016 and sold out fast. Fans from all over the world kept requesting more copies, and now they bring you a well deserved repress of this iconic release. Experience the sound of fear!