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The Slayer (1982)

 -  Horror  -  October 1982 (USA)
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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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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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The Slayer
26 June 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Slayer is a very good 80's slasher film that, unfortunately, is very hard to find. It's not out on DVD (Region 1) and the VHS tape is way too expensive online. I actually watched this on youtube the other day, that's pretty much the only possible way to watch this unless you want to spend upwards of $40 on Ebay. A group of four go on vacation to a deserted island. Every time the main character Kay goes to sleep, she has terrible nightmares of murder. Each time she falls asleep, someone around her dies. Are the murders a dream or reality?

I have to say for a low budget horror film, The Slayer looks really good. The location shots of the beach and the sets are nice, and the gore is really well done and quite gruesome. The acting is actually pretty good from all of the main actors. I like the story too. Having Kay seem sort of "off" from the rest makes her a suspect. Maybe I am the only one who thought that, but an hour into the movie I believed their was a good chance she was the killer. The death scenes as I mentioned were pretty gruesome, namely the pitchfork scene. The ending was sort of hokey and a weak spot to the movie, but it was a little bit of a "twist" I guess. It didn't take anything away from the rest of the film.

The Slayer is a low budget slasher film with a lot more class then many others made around this time. It's a shame this is not out on DVD because it deserves a release.

8/10


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