Slayer (film)

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Slayer
Distributed by Sci Fi Channel
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Directed by Kevin VanHook
Produced by Karen Bailey
Morris Berger
Stephen Brown
John W. Hyde
Written by Kevin VanHook
Starring Casper Van Dien
Jennifer O'Dell
Tony Plana
Kevin Grevioux
Danny Trejo
Lynda Carter
Music by Ludek Drizhal
Editing by Kevin VanHook
Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)
Country USA
Language English
Running time 88 min

Slayer, also known as Mexferatu Mexico, is a 2006 vampire themed television movie by Sci Fi Channel, directed and written by Kevin VanHook, starring Casper Van Dien and Kevin Grevioux, about an elite commando squad in South American rain forest, dealing against a deadly and bloodthirsty vampire clan living in the forest.

Plot summary[edit]

The plot of Slayer concerns a group of US military soldiers led by Hawk (Van Dien), who are sent to South America, where they must fight vampires. However, one of the members of the squad, Grieves, is transformed into a vampire, forcing him to battle his former friend Hawk.

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Development[edit]

Slayer was filmed in Puerto Rico on a $2,000,000 budget. The company Tata Elxsi Visual Computing Lab handled the post production. The film premiered on the Sci-Fi channel on 8 July 2006.[1]

Release[edit]

Slayer was released on region 1 DVD in the United States on November 21, 2006, distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment. The DVD included subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1, as well as special features including a commentary by Van Dien and the director, and a photo and concept art gallery.[2]

Reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics.[citation needed] Dread Central awarded the film two out of a possible five mugs of blood and said "Slayer is pretty much what you’d expect; a bit dull, full of hammy acting, logic gaps you could drive a truck through, and ridiculously sparse on the special effects." The website Absolute Horror awarded the film two out of four stars.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

Casper Van Dien and Kevin Grevioux would later appear in separate movies: Dracula 3000 and the Underworld series respectively, and both about vampires. Van Dien portrayed Van Helsing in his movie, while Grevioux played the Lycan Raze in the first Underworld film. Kevin VanHook also worked in DC Comics' vampire-themed comics, Superman and Batman vs Vampires and Werewolves.

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