|Written by||Kevin VanHook|
|Directed by||Kevin VanHook|
|Starring||Casper Van Dien
|Theme music composer||Ludek Drizhal|
|Country of origin||United States|
John W. Hyde
|Running time||88 minutes|
|Distributor||Sci Fi Channel
Anchor Bay Entertainment
|Budget||$2 million (estimated)|
Slayer is a 2006 vampire themed television film written and directed by Kevin VanHook, starring Casper Van Dien and Kevin Grevioux, about an elite commando squad dealing with a deadly and bloodthirsty vampire clan living in the South American rain forest. It was produced for the Sci Fi Channel
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.
- Casper Van Dien - Hawk
- Kevin Grevioux - Grieves
- Ray Park - Acrobatic Twins
- Danny Trejo - Montegna
- Tony Plana - Javier
- Pablo Espinosa - Jimmy
- Alexis Cruz - Alex
- Jennifer O'Dell - Dr. Laurie Williams
- Merritt Bailey - Merritt
- Ski Carr - Guillermo
- Lynda Carter - Colonel Jessica Weaver
- Joyce Giraud - Estrella
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.
The film received negative reviews from critics. 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.
Casper Van Dien and Kevin Grevioux earlier appeared in separate vampires films: Dracula 3000 and the Underworld series respectively. 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.