The Slayer (1981)

USA, 1980
80m, 89m
35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American horror film by director J.S. Cardone which was briefly consigned to the “” list in the UK.

Plot Summary

Four people on vacation on a remote and desolate island are soon being picked off by mysterious being seen in a premonitory dream by one of them, a young artist named Kay. The group is soon whittled away until Kay finds that her nightmare may be about to begin all over again.


Directed by: J.S. Cardone
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Executive Producer: Lloyd N. Adams
Produced by: William R. Ewing
Associate Producers: Anne Kimmel & Gerald Olsen
Original Screenplay by: J.S. Cardone & William R. Ewing
Director of Photography: Karen Grossman
Film Editor: Edward Salier
Music Composed and Conducted by: Robert Folk
Sound Mixer: Anthony Santa Croce
Costume Designer: Patricia Koehnen
Make-up and Hair: Julie Purcell
Special Effects Make-Up Created by: Robert Short
Special Effects: Spectacular Effects, Robert Babb
Production Designer: Lynda Burbank

Sarah Kendall (Kay)
Frederick Flynn (Eric)
Carol Kottenbrook (Brooke)
Alan McRae (David)
Michael Holmes (Marsh)
Sandy Simpson (Norman)
Paul Gandolfo (fisherman)
Newell Alexander (Kay's father)
Ivy Jones (Kay's mother)
Jennifer Gaffin (young Kay)
Richard Van Brakel (young Eric)
Carl Kraines (The Slayer)

Alternative Titles

Nightmare Island

Extracts included in
Terror on Tape (1983)



  • Screen International no.492 (13 April 1985) p.70 – note
  • Variety 27 October 1982 p.14 – credits, review (by Lor)
  • Video Viewer vol.3 no.3 (September 1983) p.53 – review (by Liam T. Sanford)


  • The of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.525
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.274 no.25 (22 November 1982) p.18 – illustrated review (by Gerry Putzer)
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.240-241 – credits
  • The Mammoth Book of Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.391-393
  • The Pocket Essential Slasher Movies by Mark Whitehead p.88
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.205