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The Slayer

USA 1982
produced by
Bill Ewing, Lloyd N. Adams jr for the International Picture Show Company
directed by J.S. Cardone
starring Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae, Michael Holmes, Sandy Simpson, Paul Gandolfo, Newell Alexander, Ivy Jones, Jennifer Gaffin, Richard Van Brakel, Carl Kraines
written by J.S. Cardone, Bill Ewing, music by Robert Folk, special effects makeup by Robert Short, special effects by Robert Babb/Spectacular Effects

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Kay (Sarah Kendall) is a surrealist painter who's also plagued from recurring nightmares she insists are premonitions, and which she lets influence her art quite deliberately. Worrying about her, her husband David (Alan McRae) for some reason thinks a trip to an abandoned island with her brother Eric (Frederick Flynn) and Eric's wife Brooke (Carol Kottenbrook) might be good for her nerves - but he couldn't be more wrong, as almost upon touchdown on the island, Kay thinks she recognizes buildings and landscapes from her dreams and paintings, and then he dreams about waking up next to David's severed head. Thing is, David has gone missing for real, and it's Kay who finds his decapitated body in real life. Now she thinks her nightmares are about to take over reality, and she has to stay awake at all costs. But well-meaning Eric and Brooke mix sleeping pills into her coffee to get her some rest. Problem is, they get killed while Kay's asleep, and once awake again, she has to realize even if all her friends and loved ones are dead, she's not alone on this abandoned island ...

 

Now sure, The Slayer can't hide its early 80s B movie origins, and it's arguable if it has aged very well ... but then again, that's exactly part of the movie's charm, it's a loveable mix of suspense and slasher motives with some supernatural elements tagged on and even glimpses of a gruesome monster, all wrapped up in a story that doesn't make perfect sense but is carried by atmosphere and a handful of gory and inventive killings to keep one interested throughout, and other than your run-of-the-mill slasher, this one does keep you guessing till the end.

Nostalgic genre fun, basically.

 

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