The Slayer

| August 29, 2017

“Where have you been all my life?” Most of us have heard this phrase used as either a cheap pick-up line or as a question asked after having tried a new and particularly delicious food stuff. The above phrase can also have a literal meaning as well. The Slayer was released when I was 4, and it took 35 years for me to discover it. After watching The Slayer, I most definitely asked the movie “where have you been all my life?”

The Slayer was released during the early 1980’s heyday of the slasher flick. But it is not your run of the mill, hack-and-slash a bunch of teens horror movie. It’s a slow burn, and when the murders occur, they’re more impactful. And, unlike many of their horror brethren, The Slayer has a small body count (5 people, in total).

The Slayer stars Sarah Kendall as Kay, an artist whose most recent works have taken an ominous turn. Kay’s dreams/nightmares have been her most recent inspiration, which is worrying her brother/agent Eric. Eric concludes that Kay needs a vacation. So Eric, his wife Brooke, Kay, and her husband David, set off for the secluded Tybee Island.

On arrival, Kay feels uneasy, claiming that she had painted one of the buildings, even though she had never been on the island before. It wouldn’t be the last time that Kay would be troubled by her dreams…

The Slayer deals with a young woman having bad dreams about someone killing people if she falls asleep. The basic idea may sound similar to 1984’s A Nightmare On Elm Street. Trust me, they are two very different movies. In A Nightmare On Elm Street, we hear the name of the dream stalker, Freddy Krueger, very early on in the film. In The Slayer, we neither hear of nor see the movie’s namesake until close to the end of the movie. Or do we…

The Slayer is a relatively unknown horror gem brought to the United States on a glorious Blu-Ray transfer courtesy of the always spectacular work of the good people over at Arrow Video US. This 2 disc set includes both a Blu-Ray and DVD copy of the movie. The inside sleeve is reversible and includes all new artwork from Justin Osbourn. The set comes with a collectible booklet, as well as a ton of special features.

The special features include 2 audio commentaries, a making of documentary entitled Nightmare Island: The Making of The Slayer, a featurette entitled Return to Tybee: The Locations of The Slayer, the original theatrical trailer, and a look inside a special screening of The Slayer that took place on Tybee Island!

The Slayer is one of those little horror gems that somehow managed to slip through the cracks for 35 years. Finally, and thankfully, The Slayer can now be enjoyed by horror hounds for many years to come.

About the Author:

Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI

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