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Remembering "The Burning"

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Michael O'Hear's picture

 I remember seeing The Burning on a double bill with Dressed to Kill at a drive in on Niagara Falls Blvd; near some of the locations that had been used for the movie.  I had not known that the movie had been made in the area and probably didn't care at that point of my life.  This was before I got interested in every indie movie that had been made in Western New York.

I wouldn't have seen the movie but a friend of mine had wanted to cheer me up by trying to fix me up with a class mate.  We had no chemistry and no interest in each other.  We were trapped for four hours outside a car that had a couple that had taken over the back seat and were rolling around in it and a couple talking in the front seat.  Needless to say it was uncomfortable and grew worse as the sex scenes in Dressed to Kill came on.  We tried talking about the weather and other such interesting topics, but our silence was deadly.

The Burning probably came as a relief as at least everyone having sex died horribly.  I don't remember much of the movie other than the raft scene, which was amazing.  I watched it again a few months ago and really enjoyed it and laughed at the memory of my very uncomfortable evening.  I am looking forward to getting to watch it again with an audience in the comfort of the screening room at Buffalo Screams.