Written & Directed by J.S. Cardone
Distributed by Arrow Video / MVD Entertainment Group
Arrow Video continues to put out some of the best horror releases available. THE SLAYER is a great film that I had honestly never heard of before. I love that Arrow is introducing us to some classic, yet lesser known, horror films. Here is the basic plot of the film courtesy of the MVD website:
IS IT A NIGHTMARE? OR IS IT... THE SLAYER? 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 a stunning transfer that will be a revelation to fans both old and new.
I love horror films from the 1980's. In fact, I think that is the greatest decade for horror films. Arrow Video has been putting out so many great horror films lately, and the majority have been these great 80's classics, some more obscure than others.
This film is one any 80's horror film fan will want to check out. Now I will admit it is a little slow at the start, but the 2nd half of the film picks up and makes up for the sluggish first half. The film is set on a remote island which immediately sets up the eerie tone, knowing how secluded the characters are from other people and any possibility of getting help. Add in the storm that is headed their way and that completes the very creepy tone of the film, and gives us some of the films more atmospheric and dark visuals.
As with any horror film from the 80's, we get some great jump scares, some great kill scenes and some great gore, all done with practical effects, of course. Beheadings, pitch-forkings, hangings, etc are all on display in this film. At times the film almost feels like an arthouse style horror film, something reminiscent of a Jean Rollin or Jess Franco film mixed with a typical 80's slasher. This is a film very worthy of a watch! Also, I have to mention the monster/creature that we finally get to see at the end. It is one of the most terrifying and frightening creatures I have ever seen in a film, yet we only get to see it for a few seconds. I really wish we would have seen more of this creature throughout the film!
THE SLAYER is available now from MVD and Arrow Video and contains the following special features:
* Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
* Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
* Brand new interviews with cast and crew
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
* FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new liner notes by writer Lee Gambin
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the BD/DVD combo