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The Slayer (1982)

R | | Horror | 1 October 1982 (USA)
Siblings, Eric & his surreal artist sister Kay, her doctor husband David, her sister-in-law Brooke along with pilot Marsh become stranded on a rugged isle face off against a supernatural beast drawn to Kay who dreams of its killings.

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Sarah Kendall ...
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Four young people vacation on a barren island. One of them, a female artist, has dreams that depict ghastly murders. Sure enough, the fun begins when her boyfriend is found dead. Written by Christopher S. Bultman <meatmanmiller@mail.utexas.edu>

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24 December 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Sarah Kendall plays a young woman who sees things in her dreams that later appear to actually happen. She and her husband, along with her brother and his pretty girlfriend/wife, all travel to what seems a barren island off the coast of Georgia for relaxation and rest. Not much on this island except a run down movie theater(?) and a huge beach house that looks like a mansion on the inside. Well, to spin a short story even shorter, Sarah sleeps and people die. It's that simple. The script is one huge cliche as one guy hears noises and follows them into one dark hallway, room, and finally a very dark elevator shaft before he is killed. Big surprise. The other people all die in like manner. One guy has his head bashed in with an oar(a minute of screen time yet you can see he was the best actor in the entire film), the curious guy had his head squeezed in the elevator shaft, another guy has his throat hooked, a woman has a four tine pitchfork buried in her body with two tines protruding where her breasts are, and another guy has a flare shot into his body. The scenes leading to the deaths are actually pretty tense and well-shot, but the death scenes look and feel ridiculous. The film weighs in at just 80 minutes. Little else happens except the deaths and the final revealing of the beast that poor Sarah has conjured in her mind for no apparent reason. What I did like about the film was the island setting which makes a powerful presence, and I even enjoyed the rather trick-like ending. It may be of interesting note that the idea of dreams coming to life and harming people used so effectively(and lucratively I might add) in The Nightmare on Elm Street series is predated by that same notion used in this film. Interesting if nothing else. Very interesting.


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