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The Slayer (1982)

Two couples become stranded on a rugged isle, and are haunted by a supernatural beast, drawn to the wife of one of the couples, who dreams of its killings.

Director:

J.S. Cardone

Writers:

J.S. Cardone (screenplay), Bill Ewing (screenplay) (as William R. Ewing)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sarah Kendall ... Kay
Frederick Flynn ... Eric
Carol Kottenbrook ... Brooke
Alan McRae ... David
Michael Holmes ... Marsh
Sandy Simpson Sandy Simpson ... Norman
Paul Gandolfo Paul Gandolfo ... Fisherman
Newell Alexander ... Kay's Father
Ivy Jones ... Kay's Mother
Jennifer Gaffin Jennifer Gaffin ... Young Kay
Richard Van Brakel Richard Van Brakel ... Young Eric
Carl Kraines ... The Slayer
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Storyline

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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This time your nightmare is real. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmare Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was banned in the United Kingdom as a "video nasty" in the early 1980's. See more »

Quotes

Kay: Have you ever had a nightmare that was so real that you thought it was actually happening?
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Alternate Versions

The film was classified in the UK as a video nasty and consequently was unavailable for many years. The initial video release was edited by 14 secs to shorten a pitchfork murder though the Vipco DVD release was passed uncut by the BBFC in 2001. See more »

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A Bit Slow But Worth the Time For True Genre Fans
4 August 2006 | by CMRKeyboadistSee all my reviews

"The Slayer" is definitely a forgotten film from the early 80's. The title "The Slayer" is not really a great title as it gives false hope of this being another typical slasher film. And in ways... it is a slasher, but not at all typical.

The storyline starts with a couple (Kay and Eric) trying to go on vacation for the sake of the Kay. It seems that she is having horrible nightmares and they are affecting her life, as well as Eric's. They decide to bring her brother and his wife along for the trip. They fly to an isolated island where instantly Kay feels like she has dreamed of it before. The rest of the group ignore her and explore the island to find the house they are renting for vacation. It is when Kay decides to go to sleep when horrible things start to happen, and people start getting murdered.

The plot is slightly similar to that of Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm St." but made before and not quite as unique. The movie is very slow but is very atmospheric also. At times it seems that the director didn't really know what he wanted to do, so he filled time with the vacationers wandering around the island looking for a missing friend. Those scenes seem to drag for quite sometime. Although, the music does help out a lot. It is a nice orchestrated soundtrack that adds depth to a depth-less movie. The gore in the movie is alright. There are a few moments that are thumbs up worthy but don't look for something like "Friday the 13th" here. One particular scene is great that involves a rowing ore.

If you are a true genre fan of the early 80's horror, this is definitely worth a look. Just try to keep focused on the movie because it can be a little difficult to watch at times. 6/10


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