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
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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
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
Nostalgic genre fun, basically.