Daily Double

Horror Daily Double: The Burning, Just Before Dawn

We're doing 31 days of scary movie pairs! Today: Gather 'round the campfire to die!

by | October 27, 2018 | Comments

Rotten Tomatoes is celebrating Halloween with 31 days of horror double feature recommendations. Each day of the week will have its own theme, with today’s being Slasher Saturday! And if you want see what’s in store or what you missed, see the Daily Double schedule.


(Photo by Filmways Pictures/Picturmedia/courtesy Everett Collection)

For Slasher Saturdays, we pay tribute to that most basic, primal subgenre of horror cinema. This Daily Double: Gather ’round the campfire to die!

The Burning (1981) 86%


The secluded camp slasher was in full swing by 1981, though Burning producer/writer/”creator” Harvey Weinstein claims this film was in the works well before Friday the 13th. Yep, Weinstein broke into the industry here, with Burning funded by his parents. In fact, one of the counselors, Alfred, could be read as a stand-in for Harvey: the character is awkward, bullied, a peeper, kinda looks like Harvey judging from his publicized old yearbook photo, and he gets the hero moment at the end. Bit of an interesting emotional study in blooming narcissism if you want to take it that far. But The Burning can be enjoyed as a straight-up slasher — it’s a slow, ahem, burn getting to the carnage, but the gore effects are provided by (who else?) Tom Savini and they’re wicked.

Just Before Dawn (1981)


No summer camp in this one, just a bunch of friends seeking to escape the anarchic, modern world of ’80s car phones and Simon & Garfunkel reunions. One of the campers has inherited a plot of mountain land in northern Oregon, and the group encounters a range of foreboding forest dwellers on the drive up: the stern ranger, the rambling drunk, and a string of identical twins staring off the road. Nothing to worry about! Well, actually, turns out the ranger was right to be a prick, the drunk just recently had his best friend murdered, and the twins thing? Let’s say it’s double trouble when the sun goes down for the campers. The film was shot on location deep in the woods, so this slasher has a rugged naturalism uncommon for the genre. Contrast that with the soundtrack’s plaintive, synth rumblings, an early score provided by The Terminator‘s Brad Fiedel.


 Yesterday: Freestyle Friday! | Schedule | Tomorrow: Sunday Funday!

Tag Cloud

technology CNN Trailer E! period drama composers doctor who cooking police drama Winter TV CMT zombies Superheroes Heroines Trophy Talk political drama green book Writers Guild of America Winners Masterpiece sports APB Pride Month Biopics vampires Rocketman GIFs Rock Amazon Prime YouTube Premium Kids & Family RT History HBO YouTube Red BBC America Tumblr dc CW Seed CBS History biography disaster Watching Series Rocky Best and Worst spider-man Awards Rom-Com social media dramedy Anna Paquin Podcast Martial Arts miniseries anime award winner Red Carpet festivals Year in Review TLC aliens Emmy Nominations Shondaland Mudbound TV Vudu DirecTV streaming casting ABC Family 2016 Country Photos docudrama FXX Universal Tarantino cops Hulu thriller teaser Lifetime robots LGBTQ OWN Calendar Toys travel comic Certified Fresh Tomatazos E3 The Arrangement Showtime jamie lee curtis Reality Set visit Fantasy Oscars facebook Dark Horse Comics book Disney streaming service toy story Sundance TruTV Summer Amazon Prime Video quibi Adult Swim Captain marvel Women's History Month zero dark thirty theme song Sneak Peek unscripted Spring TV El Rey crime thriller Mystery PaleyFest Ghostbusters space anthology YA romance ESPN Teen 2015 Starz Cartoon Network talk show SXSW elevated horror historical drama Nominations 2018 Star Wars crime transformers game show The Witch Horror cults 2019 Mary poppins justice league Musical Polls and Games singing competition FX Superheroe Schedule Binge Guide crossover MTV SDCC Super Bowl Star Trek Esquire serial killer 24 frames discovery Sundance Now Syfy Paramount tv talk adventure natural history Pirates DGA psychological thriller TV Land blaxploitation Drama Lionsgate nature Creative Arts Emmys VICE politics Mindy Kaling TIFF Comics on TV Netflix Music harry potter Stephen King TCA sequel crime drama Film Freeform AMC San Diego Comic-Con supernatural Brie Larson Sony Pictures Thanksgiving Western 2017 Christmas movies strong female leads based on movie New York Comic Con richard e. Grant Cannes Disney Box Office Spectrum Originals Columbia Pictures Comedy WGN Valentine's Day DC Universe Sci-Fi Nickelodeon kids ITV Acorn TV Comedy Central TCM Britbox animated ABC FOX diversity Opinion Nat Geo television ratings IFC zombie adaptation 21st Century Fox Crackle Film Festival Black Mirror series dragons USA Network science fiction LGBT spinoff Shudder MSNBC spy thriller Character Guide DC Comics Quiz CBS All Access Fox News IFC Films Apple GoT Awards Tour Premiere Dates Disney Channel mutant Marathons Reality Competition hist Pet Sematary Mary Poppins Returns Mary Tyler Moore TCA 2017 DC streaming service Grammys Paramount Network Elton John cars witnail Holidays mockumentary 45 Food Network Infographic cinemax Bravo A&E First Look Family SundanceTV Ovation Pop finale what to watch The CW TNT Comic Book RT21 golden globes Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Ellie Kemper 007 Musicals MCU comiccon BBC Video Games Emmys Fall TV Trivia Action Countdown binge 20th Century Fox sitcom Lucasfilm Animation war GLAAD PBS National Geographic USA X-Men NYCC Extras TBS Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Amazon President Walt Disney Pictures Spike medical drama HBO Max Song of Ice and Fire revenge Interview Warner Bros. boxoffice Marvel ghosts dceu See It Skip It Chernobyl Election Epix BET Logo psycho Cosplay WarnerMedia children's TV true crime American Society of Cinematographers NBC cats Pixar VH1