Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Slayer, The (1982)

...aka: Nightmare Island

Directed by:
J.S. Cardone

A muddled, under-populated shocker about two vacationing couples; troubled artist Kay (Sarah Kendall) and her doctor husband David (Alan McRae) and Sarah's brother Eric (Frederick Flynn) and his wife Brooke (Carol Kottenbrook), who travel to secluded Tybee Island off the coast of Georgia. A deformed mutant monster, which has been a frequent fixture of Kay's nightmares since childhood and has now somehow manifested itself in the real world, shows up to kill them all off. Stupid character actions, too many scenes of the couples wandering around the island and a plotline that makes little actual sense drag this movie down somewhat, but there are some excellent gore scenes including a head being smashed in with an oar, a pitchfork being thrust through the chest, a cigarette to the hand and hooks ripping off skin. The location work, music score and photography are all decent.
Originally released in the U.S. by Continental Video on a double tape with SCALPS (1981). It was also a banned video nasty in the UK.


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