Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has tabbed Aug. 22 for the release of a new 4K restoration (from the original camera negative) of writer/director J.S. Cardone’s 1982 slasher film with a twist, The Slayer.
Arrow Video will be bringing this cult gem to market on Aug. 22 as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
Give credit to filmmaker J.S. Cardone in this debut effort (he would go on to direct such genre fare as Shadowzone, The Forsaken, Wicked Little Things, etc.) for taking the slasher motif in a different direction than you initially expect. The ending leaves you in doubt (deliberately so) as to whether you’ve been experiencing horrors in some sort of dream world; a real horror show populated by some monster from the Id ... or, the protagonist is simply bat-shit crazy and has totally lost it. Or, yes, OR!!! There’s a slasher afoot; a serial killer. The point is that you are never really sure.
It starts off innocently enough with Kay (Sarah Kendall) and her wealthy husband, David (Alan McRae), along with her brother, Eric (Frederick Flynn) and his wife, Brooke (Carol Kottenbrook), being flown to a remote island (filmed in and around Savannah, Georgia and nearby Tybee Island) for a vacation getaway. The pilot of the plane, a creepy guy named Marsh (Michael Holmes), no sooner gets them there and then he bails, saying that a hurricane is coming.
Stranded, the “victim” pool — and genre fans know this element well — settle in to their vacation hideaway and soon discover that the island has been abandoned.
We also get a bit of a backstory about poor Kay being prone to nightmares. So there’s your set up for The Slayer — a victim pool, a storm on the way, an abandoned island, a creepy guy (who may just be a red herring) and one of the cast members with recurring nightmares — violent nightmares.
Sure enough, one by one by one they die horrible deaths. A shadowy figure is responsible. Is it crazy Kay? Is it Marsh, who has returned to polish off a collection of helpless victims? Or, is it something else … something unseen?
Bonus goodies include newly prepared video sessions with the cast and crew.