PR blurb suggests that the movie was “made in the tradition of beloved horror-comedies such as From Dusk Till Dawn and Shaun of the Dead.”
Directed by K. Asher Levin from a screenplay co-written with Zack Imbrogno. Produced by Jason Armstrong, Abigail Breslin, Daniel Cummings, Robert Dean, Marc Fusco, Rob Goodrich, K. Asher Levin and Vahik Pirhamzei.
The movie stars Abigail Breslin, Malin Akerman, Thomas Jane, Kara Hayward, Jack Donnelly, Ashley Reyes and Lydia Hearst.
A group of superstar internet influencers (Jack Donnelly, Abigail Breslin) are drawn to a reclusive billionaire’s mansion only to find themselves trapped in the lair of a horrifyingly evil vampire. The only way out is to be saved by a famous online gamer (Kara Hayward) and an old school vampire hunter (Thomas Jane), who is set in his ways…
In the US, Slayers was released by The Avenue theatrically, On-Demand and Digital on October 21, 2022.
JJ Caruth, President of Domestic Marketing and Distribution at The Avenue enthused: “We are excited to introduce a film with an original twist on a classic monster tale with such a talented cast to international buyers. The vampire genre is always compelling and it’s thrilling to see them hold their own in the age of social media, having them go fang to fang with superstar influencers.”
“Slayers tries to be a fun, in-jokey, 4th-wall breaking, post-modern flick about vampires and the people who kill them. Plus, a few digs at YouTubers, Instagrammers, Twitch streamers, etc. But for every effective scene, there are at least twice as many edgy, try-hard jokes that work as well as Steve Buscemi’s disguise in 30 Rock (“How do you do, fellow kids?”). The acting is fine, though since their characters are meant to be as obnoxious as the visuals, that, unfortunately, does not produce enjoyable results.” 2 out of 5 stars, Cryptic Rock
” …Jane demonstrates solid comedic timing with some of his more effective lines. As such, Slayers comes dangerously close to being enjoyable at times. But the film’s shortcomings are more noticeable than that which actually works. The end result is a horror comedy that isn’t all that funny or scary.” 2.5 stars out of 5, Dread Central
“Slayers is an entertaining enough horror comedy with some standout performances – especially Kara Hayward and Lydia Hearst – but the film’s satire and themes are too in-your-face and Slayers loses some of its charm.” Film Inquiry
“The film’s sense of humor treats social media gazes with a bottom-of-the-barrel approach, while the performances aren’t given much meat to chew. Everything revolves around graphic design additions that should be accents, not focal points. Effects can struggle in digital forms…” 5 out of 10, IGN
“Slayers is more of a scattershot airing of grievances than a horror-themed media spoof. If it were an op/ed, it would be so poorly edited that one would have to decide for themselves if its amateurish qualities resulted from incidental neglect or hateful abandonment. It’s genuinely hard to know at a glance, which makes watching Slayers even more depressing than a quick hate-skim that, on a good day, you’d know wasn’t worth a click.” RogerEbert.com
“Maybe if the script had kept its focus on vampires it could have worked up some scenes that were as funny as Levin and Imbrogno think they are. Instead, Slayers tries too hard to make fun of too many aspects of modern life and ends up being no fun. You’re better off watching Fanged Up or Vamp if you want a vampire comedy, even Dracula: Dead and Loving It is better than this.” 1.5 out of 5 stars, Voices from the Balcony
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