The Slayer DVD Review

S2Nightmares are keeping troubled artist Kay awake at night. She keeps seeing the future and that future is horrific. Murders that feature horrible events with such horrific violence that she is deeply disturbed. Kay partner and her friends tell her that a holiday would help. The remote island getaway will be the best option. It is quite, restful and they can drink and eat without any issues. When however they land on the island and the pilot suggests it is not such a lovely place, Kay is scared. When the friends and partner go missing…well she now knows that the dreams are becoming reality….

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This slasher was hidden away for quite some time. Not unsurprising this as many slashers of the period have been failed by DVD and Blu Ray releases. It has also been only available in a truncated version that was missing some of that well executed slashing fun. Now the sad truth is that some of the films that have found their way to us, are terrible but wait for it. The Slayer is a film that can be considered a high point in the slasher genre. A rare feat! Why? Well it has rich storytelling, direction and acting. It is well paced and shaped. It also has great executed set pieces that linger.

S1The extras are a delight but  the quality of the Blu ray is unknown to me. Audio Commentaries from the cast and crew add something of the feel of the film. The Hysteria Lives add some quirks but I am less interested in what they had to say each time. The making of The Slayer for me was the delight in that it features some really fundamental reasons for film makers.

 

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

•        Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative
•        High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•        Original Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
•        Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•        Audio Commentary with writer/director J.S. Cardone, actress Carol Kottenbrook and executive in charge of production Eric Weston, moderated by Ewan Cant
•        Audio Commentary with The Hysteria Continues
•        Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with Composer Robert Folk
•        Nightmare Island: The Making of The Slayer – documentary featuring interviews with J.S. Cardone, Carol Kottenbrook, Eric Weston, producer William Ewing, director of photography Karen Grossman, camera operator/2nd Unit DOP/still photographer Arledge Armenaki, special creature and make-up effects ceator Robert Short and “Slayer” performer Carl Kraines
•        Return to Tybee: The Locations of The Slayer – featurette revisiting the shooting locations on Tybee Island, Georgia
•        The Tybee Post Theater Experience – join the audience of the Tybee Post Theater (one of the film’s key locations) for this very special home-town screening of The Slayer! Includes event introduction, feature-length audience reaction track and post screening Q&A with Arledge Armenaki and Ewan Cant
•        Still Gallery
•        Original Theatrical Trailer

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Lee Gambin

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