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The Slayer – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

My guess is that all true movie lovers have a list of films which remain unavailable on a decent DVD or Blu-Ray release and for which they are waiting for some company to pick up and give it a nice release. This was true for me regarding The Slayer. I first saw the film in the early-to-mid-eighties on a VHS double-bill with Fred Olen Ray’s Scalps. Both films were pretty terrible quality but both were fun in their own way and I duped both and kept them for a long time. Scalps has long since been on DVD (and recently Blu-Ray), and I have long owned a copy of that film which I still pull out from time to time and watch again. But my dupe of The Slayer died decades ago and I hadn’t viewed the film in a long time…
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DVD Review – The Slayer (1982)

The Slayer, 1982.

Directed by J.S. Cardone.

Starring Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae, Newell Alexander, and Ivy Jones.

Synopsis:

Two couples visit a secluded island where they are attacked by a monster linked to one of the visitor’s dreams.

Brother and sister Eric (Frederick FlynnThe Forsaken) and Kay (Sarah KendallThe Karate Kid Part II), and their respective spouses Brooke (Carol KottenbrookThunder Alley) and David (Alan McRae – 3 Ninja Kids), take a holiday on a remote island with the idea of helping Kay to try and rid herself of the nightmares she has had since childhood and that are now becoming so real they are affecting her work as an artist. Once they land on the island they are informed by their nervous pilot that a hurricane is incoming and so he drops them off and leaves quickly to avoid being stranded there himself, leaving the
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The Slayer Gives Some Head in This Exclusive Re-release Clip

Originally released back in 1982, director J.S. Cardone’s The Slayer quickly found itself falling foul of the UK’s infamous “Video Nasties” legislation, the result of which was a lack of any fully uncut release until the turn of the millennium.… Continue Reading →

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The Slayer Available on Blu-ray August 29th From Arrow Video

Is It A Nightmare? Or Is It… The Slayer?

The Slayer (1983) will be available on Blu-ray + DVD August 29th From Arrow Video

One of the most sought-after titles for slasher fans everywhere, The Slayer finally rises from the ashes of obscurity in a brand new 4K transfer courtesy of Arrow Video.

Two young couples set off to a secluded island for what promises to be a restful retreat. But the peace is short-lived: as a storm batters the island, troubled artist Kay begins to sense that a malevolent presence is here with them, stalking them at every turn. Is she losing her mind, or are her childhood nightmares of a demonic assailant coming to terrifying life?

Previously only available on home video in truncated or full screen versions, The Slayer – whose nightmares-seeping-into-reality theme predates a certain Wes Craven classic by several years – comes lovingly restored from the original negative in
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Full Details for Arrow Video’s August Horror Releases, Including Re-animator 4K Restoration Limited Edition Blu-ray

This August, Arrow Video enters the deranged mind of Herbert West with their limited edition 4K restoration of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (which was initially slated for a July 25th release), and we now have the full list of special features for the anticipated release, along with two other horror Blu-rays coming out this month from Arrow: The Slayer and a limited edition steelbook of Society.

Press Release: The summer really hots up in August, as Arrow Video releases a special edition of an 80s classic, a white-knuckle thriller, a splatter horror masterpiece, a box set of crime classics, a rare Italian sword-and-sandal epic, and an amazing new limited edition steelbook.

First up, one of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features. According to the distributor (Mvd), this awesome package is officially sold out already,
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‘The Drownsman’ DVD Review

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Stars: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, Ry Barrett, JoAnn Nordstrom | Written by Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan | Directed by Chad Archibald

Chad Archibald, producer of Antisocial (a personal fave) turns his hand to directing with a film which is a bold attempt to create an all-new horror villain in The Drownsman. And hey, what’s not to like about another horror film starring the wonderful Michelle Mylett?

This time round Mylett plays Madison who, after almost drowning in a lake, develops debilitating hydrophobia and with good reason. It’s not just water the frightens Madison, it’s the supernatural entity that continually haunts her through it, a rancid ghostly entity trying to pull her into his dark, wet world. Her friends, worried for her sanity, decide to stage an intervention – with dire consequences. Their attempts to help their friend only unleash the drownsman’s rage
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Frightfest 2014: ‘The Drownsman’ Review

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Stars: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, Ry Barrett, JoAnn Nordstrom | Written by Chad Archibald, Cody Calahan | Directed by Chad Archibald

Chad Archibald, producer of Antisocial (a personal fave) turns his hand to directing with a film which, whilst not a patch on Black Fawn Films previous effort, is still a bold attempt to create an all-new horror villain in The Drownsman. Plus, what’s not to like about another film starring the wonderful Michelle Mylett?

This time round Mylett plays Madison who, after almost drowning in a lake, develops debilitating hydrophobia and with good reason. It’s not just water the frightens Madison, it’s the supernatural entity that continually haunts her through it, a rancid ghostly entity trying to pull her into his dark, wet world. Her friends, worried for her sanity, decide to stage an intervention – with dire consequences. Their attempts to
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‘Grindhouse 12: Shadowzone’ Review

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Stars: Louise Fletcher, David Beecroft, James Hong, Frederick Flynn, Shawn Weatherly, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Lu Leonard, Maureen Flaherty, Robbie Rives | Written and Directed by J.S. Cardone

Now this is more like it! One of Full Moon’s lesser-known movies, Shadowzone originally debuted in 1990, just after Puppet Master exploded on to the scene. It is also the second of three Full Moon Productions (the company name was later changed to Full Moon Entertainment) that were lensed between 1989 and 1991 – the others being Puppet Master and Meridian, both of which have already had the DVD, and in Puppet Master‘s case, Blu-ray, treatment from 88 Films.

Shadowzone sees a group of Nasa hyper-sleep researchers conducting tests in an abandoned underground facility in the Nevada desert. When one subject dies during the test, Nasa sends in Captain Hickock (Beecroft) to investigate. and what he finds is more horrific than the death itself. The scientists,
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UK Slasher Fans - Get Sliced & Diced This May!

If you have a hankering for all things slasher, then you're gonna want to grab your machete and get ready to party as 88 Films are poised to unsheathe High Rising Productions' independent documentary Slice & Dice: The Slasher Film Forever in a double-dvd set on May 13th.

Synopsis:

Ever since Alfred Hitchcock created Psycho in 1960, the story of a weapon-wielding madman - stalking and slaughtering helpless victims - has become a fixture of fear flicks and bludgeoned bombastic box office takings worldwide. Slice & Dice: The Slasher Film Forever takes an often irreverent look at this much-maligned, and frequently misunderstood, genre with commentary from some of the form's most celebrated filmmakers. Cutting an immediate presence on the screen, this delirious documentary delves into the history of hack 'em up cinema, investigates the rules of this teen-trepanning terror trend and even gives some pointers into how to survive a stint in the genre.
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“Slice And Dice” slasher documentary U.S. premiere; DVD info

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“Slice And Dice” slasher documentary U.S. premiere; DVD info
Packed with on-camera interviews with filmmakers including Tobe Hooper (pictured), Tom Holland, Mick Garris, Christopher Smith, Scott Spiegel, Eduardo Sánchez, Patrick Lussier and many others, Slice And Dice (which we first covered here) was produced by Waddell and Naomi Holwill (who also shot and edited). Its U.S. premiere takes place this Sunday, December 2 at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco as part of the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. “Co-producer Joe Venegas will be there to introduce the screening,” Waddell tells us. “We’re also going to be playing Fantasporto next year, which we’re excited about, and we just won the award for Best Documentary at the annual Horrorfest bash in South Africa.

“We need to stress,” he adds, “that our eventual DVD release, which takes place in the UK on March 11, 2013, will feature different clips from those in the cut currently doing the festival circuit.
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“Slice And Dice” slasher documentary U.S. premiere; DVD info

  • Fangoria
“Slice And Dice” slasher documentary U.S. premiere; DVD info
Packed with on-camera interviews with filmmakers including Tobe Hooper (pictured), Tom Holland, Mick Garris, Christopher Smith, Scott Spiegel, Eduardo Sánchez, Patrick Lussier and many others, Slice And Dice (which we first covered here) was produced by Waddell and Naomi Holwill (who also shot and edited). Its U.S. premiere takes place this Sunday, December 2 at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco as part of the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. “Co-producer Joe Venegas will be there to introduce the screening,” Waddell tells us. “We’re also going to be playing Fantasporto next year, which we’re excited about, and we just won the award for Best Documentary at the annual Horrorfest bash in South Africa.

“We need to stress,” he adds, “that our eventual DVD release, which takes place in the UK on March 11, 2013, will feature different clips from those in the cut currently doing the festival circuit.
See full article at Fangoria »

“Slice And Dice” slasher documentary U.S. premiere; DVD info

  • Fangoria
“Slice And Dice” slasher documentary U.S. premiere; DVD info
Packed with on-camera interviews with filmmakers including Tobe Hooper (pictured), Tom Holland, Mick Garris, Christopher Smith, Scott Spiegel, Eduardo Sánchez, Patrick Lussier and many others, Slice And Dice (which we first covered here) was produced by Waddell and Naomi Holwill (who also shot and edited). Its U.S. premiere takes place this Sunday, December 2 at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco as part of the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival. “Co-producer Joe Venegas will be there to introduce the screening,” Waddell tells us. “We’re also going to be playing Fantasporto next year, which we’re excited about, and we just won the award for Best Documentary at the annual Horrorfest bash in South Africa.

“We need to stress,” he adds, “that our eventual DVD release, which takes place in the UK on March 11, 2013, will feature different clips from those in the cut currently doing the festival circuit.
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It Came From 1980 X: 2 Films, 1 Cassette, $49.95?

Welcome to another installment of It Came From 1980X where I tackle the 80′s like a running clothes line fresh off the turnbuckle. Tonight we have a double feature for you straight from Continental Video. Don’t know Contintental Video? I’m not surprised, but I assure you by the end of this whole thing you most certainly will know them, fear them and maybe enjoy them a bit better. They’ve put out so much of what you love, but I don’t think they were marketed nearly as well as Midnight, Wizard, Canon or Media. For Christ’s sake somebody get me a T-shirt of this beautiful company. The double feature in question comes courtesy of Vhsps as is often the case. The Slayer and Scalps were released as a part of a special promotion as is stated on the cover of the VHS (or in this case handsome DVD rip).

2 Films.
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Nsfw trailer for Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever

There can never be enough retrospectives on the slasher genre, and Fangoria broke the news about a documentary that looks at my favorite kind of flick. No word yet on a release date.

So this is a totally different approach to the subject matter, with interviewees who are a little cultier than usual and generally not as ubiquitous on genre docus,” he continues. “Hence we have J.S. Cardone, who directed one of my fave slasher films The Slayer and later wrote and produced the Stepfather and Prom Night remakes; Corey Feldman, who killed Jason in Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter; Scott Spiegel of Hostel and Intruder fame; legendary Brit director Norman J. Warren; Friday The 13th: The New Blood’s John Carl Buechler; and such recent genre kingpins as Patrick Lussier, who edited the Scream movies and directed My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry, Adam Green of Hatchet,
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Shadowzone (Review - Little Seen Must See)

1990 - 88 mins. - Rated R

D: J.S. Cardone

C: Lousie Fletcher, David Beecroft, James Hong, Frederick Flynn, Shawn Weatherly

Group of sleep researchers trapped in an underground facility open up a portal to another dimension and accidentally release an alien that can transform itself into people's worst fears.

Ripoffs are inherently inferior films since they are copies of someone else's work. Shadowzone does ripoff Alien and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Still, a well made, well acted horror film is a well made, well acted horror film even if it copies the ideas of another film. That's where Shadowzone falls into place. Shadowzone has a more then competent cast of players at the helm, including James Hong and Oscar winner Louise Fletcher of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Shadowzone is a low budget film, but the overall production values are definitely more then sufficient. Shadowzone grabs ahold of the
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The Stepfather Blu-ray Review

In my experience, horror remakes tend to suck especially hard. But every once in a while, one comes along that bucks the trend and totally kicks ass. Consider, for example, Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead or, most recently, Breck Eisner’s The Crazies: movies that take an original concept and deftly rework it to create a fitting homage that’s relevant for a new generation. Alas, Nelson McCormick’s The Stepfather is not one of these films; not only does it sully the good name of its source material, it commits the cardinal sin for any film in the genre. Far worse than simply being formulaic or mindlessly gory, The Stepfather is just plain dull from beginning to end. Hit the jump for more, but, in case you don’t read on, let me make one thing perfectly clear: this movie is an absolute mess with no zero redeeming qualities.
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Stepfather’ Remake Never Justifies Its Existence

Chicago – The original “The Stepfather” is such a product of its era that I have to admit that I went into the remake wondering what on Earth they could do to bring such an ’80s story into the ’00s. The answer turns out to be shockingly little. “The Stepfather” isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s better executed than I expected. It’s just a shadow of the original in that it never justifies its existence.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

The first “Stepfather,” starring Terry O’Quinn who would go on to fame as John Locke on “Lost,” is clever, well-made, thrilling, and one of the best movies of its kind from its era. O’Quinn is fantastic and Joseph Ruben’s direction wisely plays the film as more of a domestic thriller than a straight-up horror film. The best of these films operate as if this lunatic could be your
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Theatrical Review: The Stepfather

Rating: 3/10 Writer: J.S. Cardone, Donald E. Westlake (earlier screenplay) Director: Nelson McCormick Cast: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley, Amber Heard Studio: Screen Gems It would be insulting to art supplies for the younger set to call The Stepfather “paint by numbers.” It’s a thriller with no thrills, a horror joint with no horror, and has a lack of [...]
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Movie Review: “The Stepfather”

Seen on: October 17, 2009

The players: Director: Nelson McCormick, Writer: J.S. Cardone, Cast: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley, Amber Heard, Sherry Stringfield

Facts of interest: Another remake...

The plot: A crazy dude pretends to be the sweet stepfather but ends up going nuts and killing entire families.

Our thoughts: To tell you the truth, I could have done a way better movie with every single dollar they wasted on Nelson McCormick’s disastrous remake “The Stepfather,” a film so ridiculously predictable and boring, it really made me want to get up and tear the screen apart. Yeah, it is really That bad!
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