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The Slayer (Special Edition): Blu-Ray Review

Arriving this week on limited Edition Blu-ray is the 1982 horror film, “The Slayer”.  Until now, I had never seen this one. Although I was aware of “The Slayer”, I just never got around to checking it out. One thing I love about these newly restored Special Editions is that it gives me a chance to see older titles for the first time or revisit them in the best transfer possible.  There are negatives to this as well. Dodgy make-up effects stand-out even more when the picture looks this clear.

I can’t say I was much of a fan of “The Slayer”. I loved the deserted island location, but Sarah Kendall’s performance as Kay is truly something awful.  I also found “The Slayer” to be poorly paced but I did love the overall esthetic.  Bonus features are minimal here, but if you are a fan of the film and want the best transfer possible, then this 4K restoration is for you.


  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new interviews with cast and crew
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new liner notes by writer Lee Gambin

By: Marc Ferman