Slayers, The. A Buddy Movie Without Purpose
Slayers, The. Film Review
Director: John Williams
Writer: John Williams
Release Date: TBA
Release Format: TBA
Genre: ON IMDB
Synopsis: ON IMDB
Two cult members, Nigel and Job, decide to go on a road trip during their last two weeks on earth. Bucketlist in hand, motorhome fired up, the two head for the mountains of Scotland for a final fortnight filled with girls, skydiving, camping, alcohol and strange men claiming to be vampire slayers… Is this God’s plan for Nigel and Job?
On paper, The Slayers has a good storyline. Humor and Horror merge to formulate an exciting adventure. The practical effects were the only positive contributing factor for The Slayers.
The lackluster performances become one of the crucial pitfalls for The Slayers. Showcased throughout the film are acting techniques that parallel or drop below B-movie form. Gags and dialogue felt tense and lacked passion. Failure to include these essential resources complicates the visual experience. This substandard chemistry and approach between characters plague the composition. Supporting evidence begin with Act I where a group of cult followers succumbing to a foreign substance. Another example is in Act III where a vampire slayer named Reg has a telepathic conversation with a vampire. The result for both scenes is anything but momentous.
Many would suggest that Williams addresses the essentials of a comedy. This argument makes a valid point. Yet, the goal of delivering comedic elements is to entice laughter. Williams conveys idiocy a comedic element, but it does not work in his film. Hilarity remains nonexistent.
The Slayers suffer from an inadequate story structure. Audiences, for most of Act I, will follow a bumbling duo in their crusade to fulfill items on their bucket list. Isn’t this a film about vampire slayers? Horror elements do not come forward until eighteen minutes (18) into the film. The tragedy here is with the initial presentation on the vampire theme. The segment only lasts forty-five (45) seconds!
A proper script would produce the vampire element first. Building the protagonists as a secondary feature and later develop it as the principal factor. This approach would work as a cohesive presentation. The central characters also receive no developmental aspects. The pair remains the same oblivious characterization they held from the beginning.
The cinematography was rough. Camera placement was in all the wrong areas. Still, further, the predicament for The Slayers is the editing. Crude cuts linked scenes together. For instance, in Act II the protagonists flee a cavern after making a gruesome discovery. A weird edit puts them inside the mobile living quarters. A transition or fade out would have worked well in this example. Special effects remained minimal and shock factor doesn’t appear in this film. This becomes expected considering the parody value.
Searching for the next best Comedy infused Horror film? The Slayers is not the answer. Weak anecdotes, perturbed performances, and a contrived storyline make The Slayers mind-boggling. Having familiarity of UK based Comedy, Horror films many stands as cult classics. The intentional undertaking did not carry out well in Williams’ film.
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