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Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook, Alan McRae, Michael Holmes
J.S. Cardone
J.S. Cardone, Bill Ewing
Equiv. to "R"
90 Mins.
Arrow Video

 "The Slayer" Gets Long-Awaited Blu-ray Release with Arrow 

Fans of J.S. Cardone's The Slayer have long wanted an option for viewing the film beyond the film's original VHS format. Understandably.

This is what they've been waiting for all along.

The fine folks at U.K. based distributor Arrow Films have once again outdone themselves with this brand new restoration from a 4k scan of the original camera negative. While the film itself never actually rises much above its early slasher genre roots, if you're a fan of slasher films then this may very well be a film you want to add to your collection as you're not likely to find the film in better packaging than you find here. 

In the film, Kay (Sarah Kendall) is a surrealist painter who has rather surreal dreams that often fuel her artwork. Insisting that she needs a break, hubby David (Alan McRae) decides to take her off to a rather isolated island with her brother Eric (Frederick Flynn) and his wife Brooke (Carol Kottenbrook). Unfortunately for David, Kay begins to freak out rather quickly when she swears that she recognizes some of the island's buildings from her dreams, 'er premonitions, and it doesn't exactly help matters when David goes missing. 

Before long, well, you kinda get the idea. Don't you?

The Slayer really does kind of keep you guessing until the end, its inventive kills likely graphic enough to please most gorehounds. While the film's B-movie origins can't be hidden, there's a reason that even in today's advanced technology that B-movies remain popular - they're just so darn fun. 

The Slayer isn't a perfect film. It's probably not even a good film, but fans of slasher flicks will most likely find it a fun film and the weaving in of supernatural elements along with some nicely placed thrills will make this a satisfying view for indie horror buffs.


  • 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

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic