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Wishing you all the best for the Festive Period and a Slash-Happy New Year!
I hope that Santa gave you all that you wanted! Here’s to 2015 being a good year…
The Slayer 1982
aka Nightmare Island
Directed by: J Cardone
Starring: Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook
Review by Luisito Joaquín González
The Slayer only manages to scrape its way in to the slasher genre with its heels dragging across the floor. Like Dead Pit, Hard Cover and Small Town Massacre; J.S. Cardone’s video nasty includes many of the prominent trappings, but tries to incorporate something slightly different. The majority of the runtime is pretty standard stuff as a silhouetted killer hacks off cast members one by one, but when the maniac is revealed to be a supernatural monster, Cardone stretches the realms of the category beyond tradition. There’s certainly nothing wrong with a tad of originality, but the stalk and slash cycle is renowned for its stringent similarities. This of course pushes titles like Pledge Night, Child’s Play and A Nightmare on Elm Street just outside of the equation. Much has been written about The Slayer’s obvious links to the creation of Wes Craven’s Freddy franchise, so I won’t dwell too much on that topic. But it’s worth recognising the fact that he certainly lifted a few plot points from this and the Frankie Avalon bore fest of the following year (Blood Song) to come up with the idea for his huge horror series.
Surreal artist Kay (Sarah Kendall) has been having the same reoccurring dark dream since she was a young child. It contains vivid images of a horrific monster that stalks her in a flame filled room. Even though the nightmare has plagued her more and more over the past few days, she has never been able to see it through to its conclusion. Her Doctor husband David (Alan McRae) has agreed to take her away on a trip with her brother Eric (Frederick Flynn) and his wife Brooke (Carol Kottenbrook). He hopes that a little break from the pressures of everyday life will finally put an end to the restless nights. They have borrowed a beautiful house on a secluded island, which at this time of the year remains virtually un-inhabited. The rugged beauty of the isle immediately captivates Eric, but Kay is spooked because she believes that she has been there sometime before. On the first night they are warned that a dangerous storm is thundering towards the land, and it’s arrival sends the atmosphere into total chaos. The following morning when they awaken, David has disappeared, unbeknownst to them, murdered by an unseen menace. Before long, the silhouetted killer begins stalking the island with a pitchfork, looking to turn Kay’s dreams into a shocking reality.
The Slayer succeeds in being one of the few video nasties that someway lives up to its gruesome reputation. Robert Folk’s impressively orchestrated score keeps the tension running high and Cardone adds some neat directorial touches that build a few satisfying scares throughout the runtime. Although Richard Short’s special effects don’t stand up to the scrutiny of Tom Savini’s greatest hits, there are still some memorable gore scenes on offer. One guy gets semi decapitated in an ingenious killing that has surprisingly never been imitated over the following years, and there’s a decidedly grisly pitchfork impalement that is worth the budget purchase price alone. The film does drag somewhat in places, but some splendid scenes, which see Kay battling to stay awake and prevent the monster’s reappearance, salvage the final third. A good plot twist in the closing scene makes up for the somewhat brief showdown when the beast is finally unveiled. The net result is a movie that overcomes it’s flaws with a generally macabre underlining of claustrophobic doom.
Unfortunately, the years haven’t been to kind to this feature and the digitally remastered DVD cannot hide the numerous blips on the negative. The level of performance from the cast is really bad, especially the lack of emotion from lead, Sarah Kendall. Even when her brother and husband have been slaughtered she fails to look anything other than totally flat. At times, the script falls foul of the old ‘victim # 1 goes missing so victim # 2 goes looking for him’ shortcut, which shows a weakness in the screenplay. But the intriguing set locations and some stunning aerial photography keep things moving.
The Slayer is one of the many old horror movies that have been re-released totally unedited on budget DVD. You can pick it up for next to nothing on Amazon, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t. Eerie and at times downright gruesome, this one is certainly worth re-visiting.
Final Girl √
Happy Halloween 2014!
It’s come around so quick, the greatest night of the year for horror fans. What’s everybody got planned? I hope you thoroughly enjoy it. Unfortunately, I’m moving house today and the third Jnr González is waiting to arrive on the 4th of November, so I won’t be hitting it hard and it won’t get:
I mean messy of course ;)
I want to take this opportunity to say thanks for keep viewing the site. I really wanted to have a place on the web for people who love slasher movies to basically check I a film before buying it. I have had so many bad experiences myself of hunting out a movie and then being disappointed that it’s not a slasher and so I wanted to make somewhere so you could check on them first. I never expected the site to become this popular and I love to see your comments and emails. I also apologise if I can’t always respond in time, but my kids and Mrs are quite demanding haha! Thanks so much for your visits and support. Anyway, I will keep trying my best to work my way through the entire genre, so keep giving your recommendations and feedback
HAPPY HALLOWEEN :)))
Merry Xmas to you all!
It’s that time of the year again!!! Thanks so much for keep coming back to a SLASH above... I honestly didn’t know that there were so many slasher fans in the world. It’s like one big family ;) xxx Peace and prosperity and plenty of slasher reviews next year
Happy New Year!!!!!
I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and a pound of suerte for the new one!!!
So I am sending this a bit late. Blame the beer or the food. Blame it on the sunshine, the moonlight! There’s an excuse somewhere honest…! 2012 wasn’t the biggest twelve months in the history of slasher cinema, with the highlight being the disappointing Smiley and little else. It’s been seventeen years now since the release of Scream, so maybe we will never get another genre rebirth. I was thinking, you know. Quentin Tarantino loves slasher films. If he were to make one, it would start all over again. Rumour has it that he was set to direct one of the Halloween sequels, but somehow that didn’t happen. Imagine what he could do to the genre? But how do we get him to make one? Anyone got any blackmail worthy videos? Anyone know how to make one lol – only kidding!!
So keep it locked in to a Slash above and thanks as always for your constant visits. Peace…
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Slash-Happy New Year!!!
It’s that time of the year again!!! I know that you’ve all been good girls and boys and Santa is gonna bring you what you desrve! As for me, well I shall be spending time with the heirs to my throne and then getting very drunk. I will need to sober up around midnight though as I have been roped in to going to church! I hope all you guys and gals have a fantastic Christmas and remeber drink it up, live it up, but keep it safe… peace!!
Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us and also Happy Halloween!
Yes it’s our first year on the web!!!!
Actually it was our Birthday 24 days ago, but we had such a hangover from the massive anniversary celebration that I thought that I’d push our announcement up to share the date that John Carpenter changed our lives in 1978.
You should of seen the party though. We had a fancy dress theme and squires Voorhees, Myers, Moorhouse, Wallace et al all turned up in appropriate masks. I have to say a massive thanks to Felony who supplied the music on stage. Their rendition of a tune called ‘Gangster Rock’ (it lasted 1,298 minutes) was exactly what the party needed. Security was provided by Matt Cordell, Sheriff Dean and Officer Joe Vickers, who did an astounding job. We also had some lovely ladies in attendance, including Laurie Strode, Ginny Fields, Virginia Wainwright and Jody Marken. That pesky reporter Gale Weathers was trying to blag VIP tickets, but we set Ghostface on her and that my friends was the end of that.
Also it’s Halloween yay! What will you watch? What will happen? I’ve got a themed review of the shock that is Halloween Camp. I hope that you enjoy it :)
Thanks so much for your visits to the site. We are getting bigger month on month and it is all thanks to you peeps :)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN :)))
Well What can I say, Happy New Year to you all and 2012 is going to be massive! Let’s hope all (or some) of our dreams come a tad closer to fruition. I wonder what there will be in terms of slasher movies? Halloween was 1978, Scream 1996 so we are due another genre re-birth soon, so maybe it’ll happen in 2012
All the best from me and see you all next year!!!!!
A Very Slash-Happy Christmas to you all!!! I hope that you are enjoying the countdown to the big day with all the festive slashers. I’ve saved the best until last!
I launched this blog to reach out to those of you, who like me, have a love for this often mocked but thoroughly enjoyable type of film. However when I put it online, I never dreamed how many readers it would get and last month alone the site had just over 6,700 visits! That’s immense, so thanks so much for taking the time to look. The plan is to carry on digging out the rarest of the rare and the more well known and post an opinion every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. I have noticed that I have been focussing more on the older entries, but I will soon start adding reviews of the likes of Fright Flick, Demons Never Die and Porn Shoot Massacre. It’s just getting time to watch them.
Thanks to all of you and have a very very very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012. Time flies so fast, so let’s make the most of it!
All my Love Luisito Joaquín González
It’s Halloween – you know, the night that he came home so I want to say a big Happy Halloween to everyone that’s taken the time to check my website (all 2 of you!). As it’s the time of the year that matters most I have got two reviews of Halloween slashers for you. First I have the brilliantly cheesy Hack-O-Lantern and a small unknown rarity that no one ever mentions by the name of Halloween. Maybe you can watch one of them when it gets dark :)
Anyway it’s a bit rubbish that Halloween this year is a Monday, but I shall be making the most as always! This is the night us horror fans can dress as we like and get away with it haha :). So far my weekend has been superb, Ar53nal beat Chel53a 5-3 in the London Derby and we’re going trick or treating tonight :)
In Spain, we say La Noche de Halloween – enjoy and watch loads of scary movies…