Slasher (TV series)
|Created by||Aaron Martin|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||24 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||46-53 minutes|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound|
|Original release||March 4, 2016 –|
Slasher is a Canadian anthology horror television series that premiered on Chiller on March 4, 2016. It is the only original series produced by the now-defunct American television channel. Slasher premiered on Super Channel on April 1, 2016. The series was created by Aaron Martin.
The first season, retroactively subtitled The Executioner, was co-produced by Chiller and Super Channel, and centered on a mysterious figure billed as "The Executioner" who terrorizes the fictional town of Waterbury, Canada. It was filmed between July and October 2015 in Sudbury, Parry Sound, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The licensing rights for the second season were acquired by Netflix. Titled Slasher: Guilty Party, the second season began filming in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, on May 1, 2017. The season was released as a "Netflix Original" title in various countries on October 17, 2017. Slasher: Guilty Party is centered on a group of former summer camp counselors who return to an isolated campground in order to bury the sins of their past, before being targeted, one by one, by an unknown killer.
On August 8, 2018, the series was renewed for a third season subtitled Solstice, premiered in various countries on Netflix on May 23, 2019. The third season follows the story of a group of neighbors who are targeted by a mysterious killer known as "The Druid" during the summer solstice period, due to their complicity in not saving a murder victim, in the previous year, who was killed in front of their apartment complex.
- 1 Background
- 2 Plot
- 3 Cast and characters
- 4 Episodes
- 5 Development and production
- 6 Reception
- 7 International broadcast
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Slasher employs a season-long anthology format, with an overarching mystery storyline that will be resolved upon the season's conclusion. Aaron Martin, the series' creator/producer, acknowledged gaining inspiration for the format from American Horror Story, stating that, should Slasher have subsequent seasons, the AHS style of self-contained storylines would be used along with, ideally, the reliance on as many actors from previous seasons as possible to portray brand new roles.
Martin aims to tell "a modern-day monster story" in Slasher, combining three of his favorite genres: The contemporary murder mystery (a la Broadchurch), the works of Agatha Christie (one of Martin's favorite crime writers), and the classic slasher films with which he grew up. In terms of the latter, Martin has specifically cited the influences of Halloween and It Follows in Slasher's use of a mysterious singular embodiment that is responsible for a series of killings. Not wanting to have the show's killer be "a mythological creature" (as he feels the killers in most slasher films do not have much mystery surrounding them), Martin also uses elements of the traditional whodunit in Slasher: The show's characters, many of whom have mysterious backgrounds — and their own reasons for possibly being the killer — are featured, explored, and eliminated from consideration, one by one (either through death or the natural deductive process), until the "all too human" killer and his/her motivations are revealed.
Season 1: The Executioner (2016)
Slasher's 8-episode first season centers around Sarah Bennett who, with husband Dylan, moves back to the town of her birth, Waterbury (a fictional town in Canada), and into her parents' former home. It was in that house on Halloween Night 1988 where both of her parents, Bryan and Rachel, were murdered. Rachel was pregnant with Sarah at the time of her murder, with police discovering the killer holding Rachel's newborn baby after the slayings. Sarah's return to Waterbury is greeted with the start of a series of copycat murders, all appearing to be at the hands of "The Executioner".
Seeking insight on her sightings of "The Executioner" and the slayings they have committed, Sarah has paid visits to her parents' imprisoned murderer, Tom Winston. Tom suggests to Sarah that though most of Waterbury's residents project a veneer of friendship, innocence, and self-righteousness, many of them harbor dark secrets, including her late parents. During these conversations, Tom expresses thoughts on what is a common theme of Slasher's first season — the seven deadly sins. Gaining information from Sarah on the victims' backgrounds and the nature of their deaths, Tom provides suggestions as to what sin the victims may have violated; Sarah would begin to employ this approach herself without Tom's assistance in later episodes.
Just as Tom declared himself "the Lord's messenger" in a 1988 police interrogation video after murdering Sarah's parents (seen in Episode 1), he believes in the present day that the new Executioner has become a self-appointed deliverer of "Biblical" punishment towards those they believes have committed one of the seven deadly sins in their past, employing methods that are apropos to the individual natures of the deadly sins. Future victim Alison Sutherland would get The Executioner to admit this in their Episode 5 interview: Alison asks why The Executioner would be as much a sinner as everyone else and violate one of God's commandments to not kill; The Executioner counters that God only commanded not to murder the innocent, and that their victims are not innocent. Tom has suggested to Sarah, in Episode 3, that The Executioner themself has committed a deadly sin of their own, being blinded by pride ("the greatest of sins").
The police chief is found harboring Ariel, a missing teenager that he kidnapped, and a child they had together, in a enclosed locked room in his basement. Sarah's grandmother accidentally put her best friend in a coma by dropping a cinder block on her head (in fact, she was aiming for the girl sitting next to her best friend; the boy who had gotten Sarah's grandmother pregnant as a teenager was taking this girl to their high school prom). Bryan and Rachel (Sarah's parents) were cuckolding multiple men and video taping them into service to support them, including Tom Winston. Tom decided to kill Bryan and Rachel after falling in love with Rachel and being blackmailed, but saved Sarah after Rachel told him Sarah was actually his and not her husband's.
Eventually, it's revealed that the deputy Cam is the Executioner, suffering under an abusive mother whom he pushed down the stairs, killing her. Cam's father, the town pastor, discovered that Cam was the Executioner, and Cam killed him as well. After finding her father's body parts in his home, Sarah kills Cam with one of his murder knives, with help from Dylan who was just released from police holding.
Season 2: Guilty Party (2017)
Slasher's 8-episode second season centers around a horrific secret that a group of former summer camp counselors have buried long ago. Due to a changing circumstance, they must return to their resort in the dead of winter to retrieve the body of Talvinder, whom they murdered while they were camp counsellors, five years earlier. They get surprised when they can't find the body at the campsite. Later, the group start dying one by one at the hands of a mysterious person wearing a parka.
Season 3: Solstice (2019)
Slasher's 8-episode third season centers around a mysterious killer known as the "The Druid", who hunts down and kills a group of urbanites during the summer solstice, due to their complicity in not saving a young male victim from being killed, in the previous year, in front of their apartment complex.
The Druid who killed Kit Jennings one year ago is revealed to be a guy (Wyatt) who was jealous of Noelle being in a relationship with Kit. He eventually killed Noelle during the Druid's murder spree, leading to his arrest. It is also revealed that Connor and Jen Rijkers are the killers who killed their neighbors with the blessing of their stepmother, Amber. A year earlier, their mother Justine committed suicide after posting a mocking of the death of Kit. The backlash and hatred from other members of the building drove Justine to burn herself alive while Amber was driven insane. Connor and Jen resolved to kill everyone else in the building in retaliation to their mother's suicide. Eventually, Angel Lopez sacrifices himself to kill Connor, while Saadia manages to save herself and Dan from Jen, killing her and escaping.
Cast and characters
Recurring cast members
|Season||The Executioner||Guilty Party||Solstice|
|Dean McDermott||Iain Vaughn||Alan Haight||Dan Olenski|
|Christopher Jacot||Robin Turner||Antoine|
|Erin Karpluk||Heather Peterson||Kaili Greenberg|
|Jefferson Brown||Trent McBride||Gene||Wyatt|
|Jim Watson||Alan Henry (young)||Noah Jenkins||Xander Lemmon|
|Joanne Vannicola||Debbie||Renée||Amber Ciotti|
|Paula Brancati||Jana Singer||Dawn Duguin||Violet Lickers|
|Paulino Nunes||Mark Rankin||Frank Dixon|
Light color indicates that the role is listed below as a main character.
Season 1: The Executioner
- Katie McGrath as Sarah Bennett, an art gallery owner who recently moved to Waterbury, her place of birth.
- Brandon Jay McLaren as Dylan Bennett, Sarah's husband and editor-in-chief of the local newspaper, the Waterbury Bulletin.
- Steve Byers as Cam Henry, a member of Waterbury's police force.
- Patrick Garrow as Tom Winston, the original Executioner who murdered Sarah's parents in 1988 and who advises Sarah on the new Executioner's murders in the present day.
- Dean McDermott as Iain Vaughn, Waterbury's police chief.
- Christopher Jacot as Robin Turner, who, after the death of his husband, Justin, must deal with the business mess he left behind.
- Wendy Crewson as Brenda Merrit, Sarah's maternal grandmother, who returns to Waterbury to look after Sarah and Dylan.
- Jessica Sipos as June Henry, Cam's wife, who works as an EMT and shows jealousy over Cam's friendship with Sarah.
- Mary Walsh as Verna McBride, Sarah and Dylan's neighbor, who passed judgment almost immediately on the two.
- Enuka Okuma as Lisa Ann Follows, a former criminal justice lawyer, now a New York-based journalist and talk show host.
- Erin Karpluk as Heather Peterson. She is deeply haunted by and obsessed with her daughter Ariel's disappearance, which occurred 5 years before the show begins. Karpluk has equated Heather to the Log Lady, in that much like the Twin Peaks character, Heather appears to have a sixth sense about Waterbury's residents and their dark secrets.
- Mayko Nguyen as Alison Sutherland, the publisher of the Waterbury Bulletin and Dylan's boss.
- Rob Stewart as Alan Henry, Cam's father, a church pastor, and the survivor/witness of Sarah's parents' murder. He has made occasional visits to Tom Winston in prison to provide religious counsel. In a flashback of the night Sarah's parents were murdered, young Alan is portrayed by Jim Watson. 
- Jefferson Brown as Trent McBride, Verna's nephew, June Henry's former EMT partner, and an enthusiastic hunter and taxidermist.
- Mark Ghanimé as Justin Faysal, who with husband Robin purchased several properties in Waterbury, including the storefront location that serves as Sarah's art gallery.
- Dylan Taylor as Bryan Ingram, Sarah's father.
- Alysa King as Rachel Ingram, Sarah's mother.
- Victoria Snow as Sonja Edwards, Brenda's former childhood friend and her intended victim in a prom night 1968 incident.
- Hannah Endicott-Douglas as Ariel Peterson, Heather's missing daughter.
- Shawn Ahmed as Sharma, an officer in Waterbury's police force.
- Booth Savage as Ronald Edwards, the Mayor of Waterbury.
- Susannah Hoffman as Marjorie Travers, a prostitute and drug addict.
Season 2: Guilty Party
- Leslie Hope as Judith Berry, a commune member, who self-harms whilst recovering from drug addiction.
- Lovell Adams-Gray as Peter Broome, a former counselor and Andi's ex-boyfriend. Five years ago, his affair with Talvinder resulted in his breakup with Andi.
- Jim Watson as Noah Jenkins, a former camp counselor. Five years ago, Talvinder manipulated him into doing things for her by pretending to have a romantic interest in him.
- Christopher Jacot as Antoine, one of the commune leaders, masseuse and yoga instructor. He is Renee's legal husband, though he is gay.
- Paulino Nunes as Mark Rankin, a commune member and former lawyer. He joined the resort after nearly being killed by the father of the victim's murderer he successfully defended.
- Ty Olsson as Benny Ironside/Glenn Morgan, a commune member and former prisoner. He joined the resort after killing his former lover and assuming his identity.
- Joanne Vannicola as Renée, one of the commune's leaders alongside her legal husband Antoine, though she is a lesbian.
- Sebastian Pigott as Owen "Wren" Turnbull, Judith's son and a former counselor. He had an unhealthy obsession with Talvinder.
- Madison Cheeatow as Keira, a commune member and former nurse, who joined the resort after accidentally killing a patient.
- Melinda Shankar as Talvinder Gill, a new, manipulative camp counselor. Her murder five years ago drives the events of Guilty Party. She played on the other counselors' kindness.
- Kaitlyn Leeb as Susan Lam, a former camp counselor, mother and wife. Five years ago, she despised Talvinder believing she was not genuine.
- Rebecca Liddiard as Andi Criss, a former camp counselor and Peter's ex-girlfriend. Five years ago, Peter had an affair with Talvinder, resulting in their breakup.
- Paula Brancati as Dawn Duguin, a former camp counselor. Five years ago, she and Talvinder were best friends until she stopped Dawn from having a relationship out of envy.
- Dean McDermott as Alan Haight, a man whose son died in a hit and run accident.
- Rebecca Amzallag as Stefani, a woman Mark was having an affair with. She was killed by the father of the victim whose murderer Mark had successfully defended.
- Jefferson Brown as Gene, the outfitter and supply deliverer for the commune.
- Kyle Buchanan as Simon, Andi's current boyfriend. Her guilt about Talvinder's death causes tension in their relationship.
- Simu Liu as Luke, Susan's kind and oblivious husband.
- Sophia Walker as Megan McCalister, a hiker who approaches the commune in search of shelter from an imminent snowstorm.
- Kimberly-Sue Murray as Janice, Gene's girlfriend who comes looking for him at the commune.
- Luke Humphrey as Glenn Morgan, a former drug dealer who was forced into a sexual relationship with Benny in prison. After expressing his hatred for him, he was murdered by Benny, who assumed his identity.
- Jon McLaren as Ryan, a former counselor. He and Dawn were mutually interested in each other romantically until Talvinder manipulated him into thinking Dawn's stepfather raped her.
Season 3: Solstice
- Salvatore Antonio as Angel H. Lopez, a gay activist who has an affair with Joe.
- Lisa Berry as Detective Roberta Hanson, the detective in charge of investigating the Druid murders.
- Paula Brancati as Violet Lickers, Joe's wife, a vlogger who considers her blog to be journalism, and seems to care more about her blog than about her husband.
- Gabriel Darku as Connor Rijkers, the superintendent of the apartment building, Jen's brother and Amber's stepson, who has a crush on Saadia.
- Erin Karpluk as Kaili Greenberg, a teacher at the local high school who lives in the apartment building.
- Dean McDermott as Dan F. Olenski, Cassidy's father, a Neo-Nazi white supremacist who lives in the apartment building.
- Mercedes Morris as Jen Rijkers, a student at the local high school, Connor's sister, Amber's stepdaughter and Saadia's best friend.
- Ilan Muallem as Joe Lickers, Violet's bisexual husband, who has an affair with Angel, but has a hard time choosing who he wants to be with.
- Paulino Nunes as Frank G. Dixon, a violent, domineering family man, Kate's husband, Erica's father. He appears to have connections to the mob, and part of his business involves stealing cars.
- Baraka Rahmani as Saadia Jalalzai, a student at the local high school, a Muslim, and Jen's best friend. She has a reputation for being good.
- Rosie Simon as Amy Chao, Xander's girlfriend, a professional gamer, who works beta testing video games. She is asexual.
- Joanne Vannicola as Amber Ciotti, the mentally ill, widowed stepmother of Connor and Jen. She became mentally ill after suffering a psychotic break after the suicide of her wife Justine.
- Jim Watson as Xander Lemmon, Amy's boyfriend, who runs the local coffee shop. He takes pride in his products, which are above average quality.
- Rebecca Amzallag as Beth, a teacher at the local high school who is a friend of Kaili Greenberg.
- Robert Cormier as Kit Jennings, a bisexual, hypersexual drug addict who was murdered a year before the events of the series. The others who lived in the apartment building were complicit in his murder.
- Ishan Davé as Detective Pujit Singh, Detective Hanson's younger, less experienced partner, helping investigate the Druid murders.
- Genevieve DeGraves as Cassidy E. Olenski, Dan Olenski's daughter, who has had sex with many people, including Kit Jennings.
- Tiio Horn as Coroner Lucie Cooper, the coroner for the local police department, who performs autopsies on the victims of the Druid.
- Jefferson Brown as Wyatt, Noelle Samuels' jealous ex-boyfriend.
- Patrice Goodman as Justine Rijkers, Connor and Jen's mother, Amber's wife, who was shunned by the residents of the apartment building following a post she made implying Kit deserved to die.
- Marie Ward as Kate Dixon, Frank's wife, who is abused by him.
- Dalal Badr as Farishta Jalalzai, Saadia's mother.
- Saad Siddiqui as Azlan Jalalzai, Saadia's father.
- Romy Weltman as Erica Dixon, Frank and Kate's daughter.
- Paniz Zade as Noelle Samuels, Kit Jennings' girlfriend, at the time of his murder.
- Landon Norris as Charlie, a student at the local high school who takes pleasure in antagonizing Jen and Saadia, the latter to the point of sexual harrassment.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||The Executioner||8||March 4, 2016||April 15, 2016||Chiller|
|2||Guilty Party||8||October 17, 2017||Netflix|
|3||Solstice||8||May 23, 2019|
Season 1: The Executioner (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||US viewers|
|1||1||"An Eye for an Eye"||Craig David Wallace||Aaron Martin||March 4, 2016||0.120|
|Sarah and Dylan move to Waterbury and into the former home and murder site of her parents. The new "Executioner" surfaces for the first time, chasing Sarah down her street before beating a teen boy who had been destroying mailboxes with his baseball bat. Following a suggestion from Tom Winston after their first meeting, Sarah discovers a camcorder and illicit sex tapes her parents buried in their house, tapes that Verna discovers and takes to her house after snooping around. The Executioner ties down and dismembers Verna in her bedroom as punishment for the sin of wrath. Sarah discovers Verna's body, only to fall down the stairs and lose consciousness while trying to escape The Executioner, who leaves one sex tape beside her.|
|2||2||"Digging Your Grave With Your Teeth"||Craig David Wallace||Aaron Martin||March 4, 2016||0.110|
|Sarah's grandmother, Brenda arrives at the Bennett's home, suitcase in hand. Robin is confronted by Trent, while Sarah is confronted by Heather. Sarah receives a package containing a severed human finger and a note; following Tom's suggestion that the note contains geographic coordinates, Sarah discovers the remains of Verna McBride's husband, Peter, in a nearby wooded area. Lured out into an alley way by a severed power cable, Robin's arms are slashed by The Executioner, with a bystander rescuing Robin. While Robin recovers in hospital, another outage occurs, after which Robin receives flowers and a card of condolence. Believing Justin is in danger, Robin and Cam frantically try to call Justin but Justin dies after collapsing and frothing at the mouth after snorting cocaine and ingesting the rat poison that was in it, serving as the punishment for his gluttony. After she had previously threatened Justin and Robin, a fitful Heather is arrested by the police.|
|3||3||"Like as Fire Eateth Up and Burneth Wood"||Craig David Wallace||Aaron Martin||March 11, 2016||0.067|
|Robin, deep in grief over Justin and deep in the business mess he left behind, deals with Trent's anger over Justin giving him a bad check. After The Executioner breaks into her home, Sarah heads out of town. After swerving off the road to avoid a truck, Sarah and Brenda become separated in the woods. Brenda, who had just admitted to Sarah her role in Ada's accident, is kidnapped by The Executioner, who ties her to a cinder block and tosses it into the lake at a nearby boathouse. Brenda's drowning death, the punishment for her envy, prompts the police to release Heather from custody.|
|4||4||"As Water is Corrupted Unless It Moves"||Craig David Wallace||Aaron Martin||March 18, 2016||0.067|
|The police verify that the truck that ran off Sarah and Brenda belonged to Trent. Trent is chased into a pit in the woods and eaten by snakes as punishment for his sloth by The Executioner. Dylan interviews Tom in prison for the Bulletin. Tom produces evidence to Dylan that suggests he has had a greater interest in Tom than he let on to Sarah. Apologetic for drunkenly claiming Sarah is in love with Cam, June confides to Sarah that she and Trent had an affair while they were EMT partners; she also tells Sarah about Trent's encounter with Ariel Peterson. Security camera footage reveals a detail June left out: She was with Trent in his ambulance that night. After comforting a hysterical Heather, June heads to church to pray but The Executioner abducts her. June awakens in a cornfield naked, attached to an IV, and covered in honey, which attracts animals that eat her alive while she doesn't know what happens.|
|5||5||"Ill-Gotten Gains"||Craig David Wallace||Aaron Martin||March 25, 2016||0.053|
|June's rotted remains are discovered. Cam and Sarah argue over suspicions each other have about the killer; Alan learns about the argument and advises Sarah to be careful. Sarah and Robin discover a "murder kit" in Alan's church office, later discovering Alan needs the contents for a BDSM session. Sarah discovers her parents' sex videos feature a young Tom Winston. Alison asks The Executioner on-air for an interview who obliges and, in full costume, speaks with Alison at an abandoned foundry. Alison confides to Lisa Ann that she fabricated evidence in the Bulletin that tied Benny Peterson to his daughter's disappearance. Heading to New York, Alison gets into a courtesy limo driven by the Executioner, who takes her back to the foundry and slashes her throat; her head is later found in a restaurant's deep fryer as punishment for her greed. Vaughn heads home to his basement, where he opens a room-sized safe; inside, a young boy is being sung to by Ariel Peterson.|
|6||6||"The One Who Sows His Own Flesh"||Craig David Wallace||Aaron Martin||April 1, 2016||0.076|
|The cold open depicts Iain Vaughn's abduction and rape of Ariel 5 years ago; in the present day, he prevents an attempt by Ariel and son Jake to escape his basement. Sarah becomes suspicious about Dylan's whereabouts when Alison was killed. Tom insists to Sarah that he is her father with a DNA test to confirm. After Sarah and Cam tell Vaughn their suspicions about Marjorie Travers' claim of seeing Ariel the night she disappeared, Vaughn and Marjorie meet and he gives Marjorie a needle filled with heroin that she fatally overdoses on. Realizing Sarah is suspicious about Marjorie's death, Vaughn takes Sarah to a junkyard and attempts to make it appear as if The Executioner punished Sarah for the sin of pride. Knowing his sin is lust, Vaughn makes an attempt to punish himself along with Ariel and Jake with gasoline and attempts to burn himself and the two. With the police demanding Vaughn's whereabouts, Sarah encourages his wife, Nancy, to let them into their basement, from which only Ariel and Jake exit. Vaughn escapes to a secluded lakeside shack, where The Executioner knocks him out; he later awakens to being burned alive in a crematorium, a punishment for his lust.|
|7||7||"In the Pride of His Face"||Craig David Wallace||Aaron Martin||April 8, 2016||0.077|
|A flashback to Bryan and Rachel Ingram's murder reveals a new detail: Before killing her, Tom reveals himself to Rachel; she responds by professing her love for him and pleads for their baby's life. Sharma and Cam discover The Executioner's list of sinners, which include Tom's and Sarah's names for pride. Sarah becomes angry at Dylan after discovering his website dedicated to her parents' murders. Lisa Ann upsets Dylan with her knowledge that Tom and Sarah are targets, but mollifies him with news that she got his request for a book deal approved — and an intimate moment. While heading back to prison from hospital, Tom escapes to Sarah's house; Sarah willingly goes with him to the woods where The Executioner captures them both. With Sarah tied to a buzzsaw, Tom reveals how his own ego and pride led him to murder Bryan and Rachel. Tom demands that The Executioner punish him instead of Sarah, and he dives onto the running buzzsaw, being "broken on a wheel", killing himself for his sin of pride. At Cam's house, Cam adds a bloody piece of Tom's prison jumpsuit to a hidden box of murder mementos, implying that he is the Executioner.|
|8||8||"Soon Your Own Eyes Will See"||Craig David Wallace||Aaron Martin||April 15, 2016||0.086|
|After a flashback depicts the death of Cam's mother, the story picks up on Halloween eve: Alan finds Cam's box of murder mementos, but is strangled by Cam while praying for his son. Cam plants the mementos in the Bennetts' house and, after Sarah discovers them, arrests Dylan. Cam comforts Sarah, and the two have a sexual interlude. Browsing through a summer camp scrapbook, Sarah discovers a sketch Cam drew that resembles The Executioner's drawings; her new suspicions are confirmed when she sneaks into Cam's house and discovers Alan's remains and a bloody knife. Sarah takes the knife and, after luring him out of Robin's Halloween party, stabs Cam, who takes that same knife and stabs both Sarah and Robin. Sarah escapes to her house, but Cam pursues her and stabs Sarah again. Sarah, along with Dylan, turn the tables, however, stabbing Cam several times and slitting his throat. Four weeks later, a reconciled Sarah and Dylan leave Waterbury, with Robin showing their former house to two prospective buyers and their young daughter, who snaps the neck of a stray cat in the yard.|
Season 2: Guilty Party (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|9||1||"Six Feet Under"||Felipe Rodriguez||Aaron Martin||October 17, 2017|
|A group of six summer camp counselors, Peter, Dawn, Noah, Susan, Andi, and Talvinder drive beyond camp limits to party. Susan tells the group that she's found a good swimming hole, so the group follows her. They reach a clearing lined with torches, where Andi informs Talvinder that she is going to stand trial for being 'a nasty bitch.' The scene cuts to the group dragging what they think to be Talvinder's dead body into the woods. Five years later, the five counsellors return to the former camp, now a commune, to remove and destroy Talvinder's body when they learn that a resort is going to built on the land. Antoine and Renee, the founders of the commune, and Mark, Glenn, Judith, Wren, and Keira, the communes members, are surprised that the group have decided to visit in winter. When he goes to the sauna, Gene is killed by a parka-clad person wielding a chainsaw. When the former counselors go to the site where Talvinder's body was hidden, they find it has disappeared. Searching for the body, Andi finds Talvinder's skeletal corpse suspended from nearby trees and gets knocked out. Peter leaves the cabin to search for Andi and finds her with her throat slit. Peter returns to the commune with news of Andi's death.|
|10||2||"Between Good and Evil"||Felipe Rodriguez||Jana Sinyor||October 17, 2017|
|Antoine and Renee go looking for Gene, only to find a snowman decorated with his body parts. After announcing the discovery of Gene's body, Antoine, Renee and Peter go out to the snowmobiles to see if they can go for help, only to find all the gas has been siphoned from them. Dawn reveals she has a gun, having packed it just in case. Antoine becomes suspicious of the former counselors, as the story they gave fits the disappearance's timeline. Peter convinces Dawn to give up the gun, surrendering it to the commune group, but Antoine and Renee take the gun when he can't provide a good reason for having it and kick out Susan and Noah to the counselor cabin. Susan leaves the cabin and is shot by a tranquilliser dart; she has her eyes gouged out with a broken pipe and her neck broken. Later, Mark and Keira discover Susan's body.|
|11||3||"Saint Sebastian"||Felipe Rodriguez||James Hurst||October 17, 2017|
|After discovering Susan's body, the two groups begin accusing the others of the murders. Dawn retrieves her gun when Judith leaves to get extra blankets. Antoine shows Renee Talvinder's body in a locked trunk, saying he found it last summer while looking for mushrooms in the woods. Renee is angry that Antoine has hidden this from her but agrees to keep the body a secret. They try to re-hide Talvinder's body by dismembering her and burying her in different places; but the ground is frozen, and Renne convinces him to turn over the body to the police when they can. A group hikes back to the supply outfitter's shop for help, only to discover the phone doesn't work and the counselors' car battery is dead. While looking for pain relief, Noah accidentally discovers more of Glenn's pills, one with the name Benny Ironside on the prescription label. Keira discovers Talvinder's severed hand when searching for firewood. Antoine goes back to the trunk only to find it empty and is killed by the parka-clad person. Glenn goes back to his room, and Noah confronts him about the different name on the pill bottle. Later, as Glenn prepares some meat for his meal, a piece he puts into the pan has one of Antoine's tattoos.|
|12||4||"Night of Hunters"||Felipe Rodriguez||Story by : Aaron Martin |
Teleplay by : Naledi Jackson
|October 17, 2017|
|Glenn discovers that the meat he was cooking and eating was Antoine. Mark and Renee go out to the shed where Antoine was killed, finding the bloody auger and the rest of his remains in the trunk that was used to hide Talvinder's body. Keira and Peter are surprised by a stranger in a parka, only to find it to be a woman named Megan McCalister, who is on a memorial trek for her friend who died of leukemia. Renee is suspicious and strikes her with a statue, then refuses to listen to Keira's trying to tell her Megan was telling the truth. Meanwhile, Noah decides to try to get into Glenn's RV to find evidence of his suspicions about Glenn. Noah opens a freezer in the RV and finds the body of the real Glenn but is knocked unconscious. Peter and Keira decide to go look for Noah and Glenn, as their absence doesn't go unnoticed. Later at dinner, Megan suffers a psychotic break and throws herself down the stairs, breaking her neck. Mark finds toxic berries in Megan's soup, putting suspicion on Dawn, as she was the one who gave Megan the soup. It is revealed that Glenn kidnapped Noah and is holding him in an abandoned school bus and later rapes him.|
|13||5||"Out of the Frying Pan"||Felipe Rodriguez||Lucie Pagé||October 17, 2017|
|After being raped by Glenn, who has been revealed to actually be Benny Ironside, Noah tries to beat him while he sleeps. Peter and Keira find the real Glenn Morgan in the RV and return to the group to tell them about Glenn’s true identity. Peter, Dawn, Mark, and Keira go to search for Benny and Noah. Noah manages to toss a bit of fire around and burns the school bus before escaping. The search party sees the fire and finds Noah while Benny escapes. He returns to the cabins, knocks Wren out, breaks through the window and strangles Renée until she’s unconscious. Judith runs and hides from him as he stalks her through the halls, though Renée shoots him. Later, Benny is tied up and interrogated by Mark but only admits to murdering Glenn, not the others. Renée, Peter, and Mark, realizing Benny may not be the killer, decide to use him as bait. Renée, however, believing he killed Antoine, locks herself in the cabin with Benny and tortures him for answers. When Benny admits to the killings to end the torture, she kills him. Later, Noah goes to see his body to find closure. When he attempts to return to the others, he finds a fire outside, as well as the parka killer, who tosses gas on him and lights him ablaze. The next morning, when the group notices Noah is missing, Peter and Keira head out to look. They find the remains of the fire: Noah on top of Talvinder’s skeletal remains.|
|14||6||"Drone"||Felipe Rodriguez||Floyd Kane||October 17, 2017|
|Peter and Keira discover Noah is still alive. They get him inside, trying to help with his burn wounds. Outside, a plane flies over; they don’t get its attention, though they start making an SOS signal out of branches and logs in hopes it will circle back. Mark, Dawn, and Peter decide to also build fires to make smoke signals, and they head further into the woods. Inside, Wren reveals he doesn’t care that Noah is dying painfully, which upsets Judith. Out in the woods, Dawn steps right into a bear trap. Mark and Peter get her out, but her leg is damaged. She and Mark become closer after they return to the cabin. Keira asks Peter if they killed Talvinder, to which Noah admits, blaming himself. Mark suggests they question each other to determine who the killer is, which upsets the group. Keira admits she had a patient die on her watch once when she was an ER nurse. Wren refuses to speak. Judith is revealed to be a recovering drug addict after losing the love of her life. Renée claims she loved Antoine, but Mark reminds her she killed Benny. Dawn admits they were coming up to find the remains, to move them before the resort was built. When Mark tries to interrogate Peter, everyone refuses. Mark pulls a gun, and Noah succumbs to his brutal wounds. Renée asks Mark to go with her someplace. She tells him, vaguely, somebody said something they shouldn't have known about the past. They head out to the old counselor cabin. Renée finds a box of things from 2012 marked Camp Motega. She looks through it and comes across the files of the group of friends, from Andi to Talvinder to Dawn and the rest—and then Wren. Outside, the killer, covered in blood, arrives on snowmobile. The killer knocks Mark unconscious, takes the gun, and shoots Renée as she runs away. The killer then takes the file from her and runs her over with the snowmobile.|
|15||7||"Dawn of the Dead"||Felipe Rodriguez||Amanda Fahey||October 17, 2017|
|Peter and Keira find Mark injured, the snowmobile with no gas left, and Renée's corpse. Mark and Peter each suspect the other of being the killer. During a game of Never Have I Ever, Mark spikes Peter's beer, eventually locking him out of the cabin, with Dawn's consent. Drugged, Peter stumbles through the woods and finds a shrine with candles and a mannequin hanging by its neck. At the cabin, Wren and Judith hook up, while Dawn tries getting closer to Mark in a genuine way, wanting to make amends for her actions. Back at the retreat, Judith finds the gun in Wren’s jacket, the one the killer supposedly took from Renée. She nearly uses it on him, deciding not to at the last moment. Peter returns to the cabin and convinces Dawn to let him in. He manages to tell her the killer is not avenging Talvinder, but Owen, a now-dead counselor who was a suspect in Talvinder's disappearance. Mark knocks him out before he can say anything else. Judith, believing Wren is the killer, goes outside and considers suicide. Wren finds her, confesses to being the killer and admits his love for her. She reciprocates, and he takes the gun from her after she calms down. However, when Mark comes running towards them, Wren shoots him in the head despite Judith's objections.|
|16||8||"The Past is Never Dead"||Felipe Rodriguez||Aaron Martin||October 17, 2017|
|Bent on revenge, Wren returns to the cabin, while Judith pleads with him not to do anything else terrible. She begs him not to kill Keira, which he agrees to. When they return, Judith lies, claiming Mark was about to kill her and she shot him in self-defense. While the others debate whether or not she is lying, a snowmobile arrives, driven by Gene's girlfriend Janice. After they explain what has happened, she offers to take one of them back to civilization. Judith tries desperately to send Keira, only Keira won’t have it, wanting it to be Dawn, so she might get medical attention. Janice and Dawn leave. Wren attempts to go after them and tries to persuade Judith to help. Judith tries to refuse, throwing him against a mirror. He disappears, leaving her alone with a bloody, broken mirror. Peter and Keira find her and decide to find Mark's corpse. Peter goes out to look and finds the corpse but realizes that Judith was standing far away when she shot Mark. Judith hears Wren in her head, urging her to kill the others, and eventually speaks to herself in a lower voice. In the forest, Dawn and Janice run into the killer, who shoots them, killing Janice and leaving Dawn bleeding in the river; the killer is afterwards revealed to be Judith. At the cabin, Peter finds Keira unconscious, propane filling the house. He then finds the letters seemingly written by Wren to Judith over the time there. They’re from Owen Turnbull, in jail, to his mother, Judith, revealing that after Dawn framed him for Talvinder's disappearance, he hanged himself. Knowing he would never be released, he asked his mother for justice. The last letter is signed "your little wren, Owen". Peter rescues Keira and runs into Judith at the shrine. After believing herself to be Owen and coming to her senses, she tells him if he doesn't hang himself like Owen did, she will shoot Keira. Peter puts the noose around his neck and steps from the ledge over the shrine, hanging himself as Judith watches, flashing to images of her son slowly dying. Dawn, still alive, is found by two hunters. Keira wakes up and sees Peter's hanging. She also finds a letter Peter wrote to Talvinder’s parents, confessing to the crime, trying to give them closure. Admitting that Owen was innocent, they laid the crime on him. Later, Dawn and Keira go to confess to Talvinder's murder. From a distance, Judith watches them, still followed by the haunting ghost of her son. They decide to kill her when she is released.|
Season 3: Solstice (2019)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|17||1||"6am to 9am"||Adam MacDonald||Aaron Martin||May 23, 2019|
|Coming home from a summer solstice party, Kit Jennings dies outside his apartment complex after being chased by a person wearing a hooded costume and a neon-lit mask when none of his fellow tennants helped him. A year later, the tenants currently residing the Clayborne building are gay activist Angel Lopez, social media vlogger Violet Lickers, her despondent husband Joe, Neo-Nazi nationalist Dan Olenski, his rebellious daughter Cassidy, teacher Kaili Greenberg, barista Xander Lemmon, his partner and professional video gamer Amy Chao, siblings Connor and Jen Rijkers, their mentally-ill guardian Amber Ciotti, domineering family man Frank Dixon with his wife Kate and daughter Erica, and Saadia Jalalzai, whose parents depart to their homeland to attend her brother's graduation. Meanwhile, Frank is decapitated with an axe outside the apartment by the same killer known as "The Druid" who attacked Kit earlier. While detectives Roberta Hanson and Pujit Singh investigate the crime scene, it is published to the media by the public. At school; Cassidy confronts Saadia, accusing her of publicizing the scene and attacking her before she is stopped by Ms. Greenberg. During the final exams, Cassidy was locked inside the washroom and is killed by The Druid who doused her head in a toilet with hydrochloric acid, corroding her face.|
|18||2||"9am to 12pm"||Adam MacDonald||Lucie Pagé||May 23, 2019|
|Saadia and Jen discussed their plans in attending the summer solstice party after the exams despite the former being distressed at Kit Jennings' murder a year ago. Hanson is informed by coroner Lucie Cooper the details of Frank's death and a smartphone is found in his decapitated head. A year ago, Angel and Kit were ex-lovers and were separated when the former caught Kit having sex with Cassidy and in retaliation, he arrived at the solstice party and drugged Kit to expose his inactivity to Cassidy. Angel is dating Joe and gets into an argument with Violet who was recording her vlog on Frank Dixon's death. A video of his sexual activity with Joe was posted in Violet's blog, much to the chagrin of Joe who then confronts Angel but the latter denies the incident. Meanwhile, The Druid sneaks into the cafe and attacks Xander inside the kitchen before shoving a broken glass coffee bean dispenser into his throat and pours hot boiling water into his mouth.|
|19||3||"12pm to 3pm"||Adam MacDonald||Duana Taha||May 23, 2019|
|A homeless man, who snuck inside Xander's cafe earlier and discovered the aftermath of the Druid's attack is interrogated by Hanson on the barista's death. Saadia attempts to locate her phone with Jen's help before the latter was informed by Connor on the killer's recent attack including the suicide of their mother Justine one year earlier - she was an avid liberal who exchange a tirade against Dan and Kit. In the aftermath of the latter's death, Justine faces backlash online including her family after she posted a scathing rant to mock Kit. Overwhelmed by the jeering from the public, she poured gasoline over her body and immolated herself despite her children attempting to stop her. After final exams finish, Jen is attacked by the Druid who chases her outside the school parking lot with an axe until Saadia intervenes. Ms. Greenberg thinks her student Charlie, who continuously harassed the girls earlier, was involved in pulling the prank on Jen though he adamantly denies this. However before leaving, the real Druid abducts the teacher inside her car and straps to a table in the school bio lab where the killer cuts her body open and pulls out her organs. Saadia visits Jen's apartment and is opposed by Amber who accuses her for the humiliation against herself and the family earlier. After Charlie is released from detention, he and a friend find Ms. Greenberg's corpse.|
|20||4||"3pm to 6pm"||Adam MacDonald||Ian Carpenter||May 23, 2019|
|After investigating Ms. Greenberg's death, Hanson arrives at the Clayborne apartments to question the remaining tenants when Dan gets into a heated argument with Angel. She speaks to Amber who claims that the current murders draw connection from the past. When Amy finds Xander's body at the gaming hub, Hanson questions her about his involvement the night of the first Druid attack - Kit had flirted with Amy earlier, developing their temporary relationship. Xander snuck into Kit's apartment after he took the key and discovered his liaison with Amy, while Kit was attacked by the Druid. Xander then confronted her in cheating on him with Kit. His text distracted Amy to accidentally run over and kill Kit, triggering her childhood trauma that resulted in the deaths of her parents from a car accident in the same manner 20 years ago. Meanwhile, Hanson continues investigating the school and finds Cassidy's corpse from an air vent in the girl's washroom. After she attempts to commit suicide inside her apartment, the Druid attacks and kills Amy by stabbing her in the head with a power drill before placing her body in a bathtub while Saadia and her friends leave to go shopping for the upcoming summer solstice party.|
|21||5||"6pm to 9pm"||Adam MacDonald||Matt MacLennan||May 23, 2019|
|Noelle Samuels, a woman who was dating Kit at the time of his murder, holds a public memorial for Kit and is afterwards harassed by her ex-boyfriend Wyatt. Shortly afterward, she is attacked by the Druid, tied upside down from a tree branch and has her throat slashed, bleeding into a trash bag covering her head. It is shown that 10 months before, Violet started her vlog, which began the deterioration of her relationship with Joe. In the present, Joe accepts Angel's dinner invitation. Hanson and Singh investigate Greenberg's apartment, where Hanson has a standoff with Violet. While shopping for the solstice party, Saadia and her friends are once again harassed by Charlie. Violet receives a present: a doll dressed as the Druid, as well as a note inviting her to meet the sender, who suposedly has information about the Druid. Dan receives a message implying Angel killed Cassidy. Joe seemingly convinces Violet to leave town, and tells Angel they can be together after Violet is gone. When he tries to tell her about his plans with Angel, she seemingly forgives him and seduces him, only to film this and later send it to Angel, which causes him to reject Joe. Joe attempts to confront Violet over this, but when he returns to their apartment, they are both captured by the Druid. Saadia, Connor and Jen force Dan to buy them vodka, and later dress up for the party. Meanwhile, after Noelle's body is discovered, Hanson and Singh find out from pictures of the party a year ago that Kit's murder was not planned, that Noelle and Kit were together that night, that Wyatt stalked Noelle, and Wyatt and Noelle broke up shortly before the murder. The Druid attempts to force Violet to stab Joe in the crotch, but she refuses. It is revealed Violet posted the video of Justine's suicide, and refused to take it down despite Joe's objections. Hanson and Singh confront Wyatt, and arrest him after finding a costume and bloody knife in his apartment, which leads to him proudly confessing to having killed Kit and Noelle. The Druid stabs Joe in the crotch several times, killing him, then forces Violet to record a video condemning herself and her website, before stabbing her in the head with a knife.|
|22||6||"9pm to 12am"||Adam MacDonald||JP Larocque||May 23, 2019|
|Saadia, Connor and Jen attend the party. Angel is insulted by Dan after attempting to offer condolences while taking out his trash. After he leaves, Amber steals his razor from his garbage. Hanson and Singh attempt to interrogate Wyatt, but he is uncooperative and only reiterates that he murdered Kit. At the party, Charlie's insensitive comments cause Saadia to remember bombings in Afghanistan, and she lashes out. Dan has a dream about Cassidy, and finds an email telling him Wyatt is not the killer, and the real one is in a room in the basement of the building. When he leaves his apartment, Amber enters it and steals some hair from a comb. In a flashback to ten years before, it is shown that Dan was poor and raising Cassidy by himself, with no help from anyone, and after Saadia's family came from Afghanistan and were immediately offered assistance, he looked for "who helps white people?" online, which began his racist beliefs. In the present, Angel gets an email seemingly from Dan, telling him to meet in the same room Dan was sent to. At the party, Charlie antagonizes Jen, while Connor and Saadia become closer by conversing about death and Saadia's past. Angel and Dan arrive in the room, and are locked inside after each accuses the other of leading him there. A flashback reveals that a year ago, Dan called in noise complaints about Jen and Connor's mother and stepmother's arguments, and Angel refused to help them. In the present, Angel and Dan realize they are trapped and become angrier with each other. At the party, Saadia goes to the bathroom, where she is once again harassed by Charlie. After she leaves, the Druid arrives and kills him by shoving a blade down his throat. Saadia returns to the party and asks to go home, which Connor agrees to. Angel and Dan argue and come to blows, with Angel beating Dan until eventually a gas is released into the room, knocking both unconscious. Hanson and Singh, unable to connect Wyatt to any of the other murders, decide to return to the apartment building and question the residents. Angel and Dan awaken in the room with their faces glued together.|
|23||7||"Midnight to 3am"||Adam MacDonald||Ian Carpenter||May 23, 2019|
|In Saadia's apartment, Saadia and Connor grow closer. In the basement, Dan rips off part of Angel's cheek when he pulls them apart. Hanson tells Singh she isn't sure Wyatt killed the victims other than Kit and Noelle. Saadia and Connor are interrupted by Hanson, who is shown to have investigated the threats against Connor and Jen's mother 10 months prior. Connor claims to have seen Wyatt a year ago at the party, and at Xander's coffee shop. After Roberta leaves, however, he expresses disgust that the police didn't care when Kit died, but are attempting to solve the murders of Cassidy and Kaili. In the room, after coming to an understanding with Angel, Dan finds a nail and tries to use it to pick the lock to a hatch. 9 months ago, Connor heard Frank abuse his wife after an argument about his lack of sympathy for Connor and Jen, and hit him with a taser, which did not help. In the present, Hanson finds Amber carving symbols into Kaili's door, while Singh, investigating Amy's apartment, is attacked and killed by the Druid, who throws his face into a moving blender. Hanson returns Amber to the apartment, but leaves once insulted by Connor. After putting Amber to bed, Connor and Jen believe they can finally live normal lives. After smelling cleaner, Hanson goes to their car to get luminol, where she meets Kate and Erica, who leave town after having no sympathy from their neighbors. Saadia decides to spend the night at Jen's, and admits her feelings about Connor, which Jen seems to approve of. 10 months ago, Hanson was unable to investigate threats against the Rijkers family due to lack of evidence. In the present, Hanson finds blood spatter with the luminol. In the room, Dan manages to pick the lock on the hatch. At the Rijkers' apartment, Amber tells Saadia she is being drugged, by her stepchildren, and implies something is going on. Jen admits she and Connor are drugging Amber, as she does not sleep otherwise. 10 months ago, Amber blamed Connor for not managing to save Justine. 9 months ago, Connor attempted suicide, blaming himself, but was stopped by Jen. In the present, Dan opens the hatch, which leads into the boiler room, which contains bloody body parts and an operating furnace. Hanson, following the trail of blood spatter, finds the boiler room, but before she can enter, she is attacked by the Druid, revealed to be Connor, who blames her for not doing anything after his mother's death, before brutally smashing her face in with his axe. He drags her body into the boiler room, and uses a shovel to throw some of the spatter into the furnace to dispose of, before leaving, which is witnessed by Dan. Later, he returns to his family's apartment and watches Saadia and Jen sleeping on the couch.|
|24||8||"3am to 6am"||Adam MacDonald||Ian Carpenter||May 23, 2019|
|Connor cleans himself up in the bathroom. When Saadia walks in, they share an awkward moment, where she reveals she has never kissed anyone, and her feelings for him. Dan tells Angel that Connor is the Druid, and that he is cutting up bodies and burning them in the furnace, and has killed Hanson. At the Rijkers' apartment, Connor tells Saadia everyone thinks of her as "good" and that he blames everyone in the building for his mother's death. When he asks what the worst thing she has ever done is, she remains silent. He finds a piece of Hanson on the back of his head, but they hear Amber making breakfast, and he sends Saadia out while he cleans up. When Saadia notices the vents are heating the room, Connor claims the building has a new furnace that he is supposed to leave running to make sure it works properly. Dan and Angel enter the boiler room to jump Connor when he returns, and discover the bodies of Amy and Joe. Saadia discovers Amber has a wall of small items belonging to the other tenants, which she uses to "curse" the "bad" tenants to be killed by the Druid. Saadia tells Jen and Connor her suspicions about Amber, and she and Jen return to her apartment, with Connor planning to join them later. Saadia sees Amy's cat outside, and tries to return him to Amy. In the boiler room, Connor continues to cut up and burn the bodies. Saadia and Jen notice Amy is missing. Dan and Angel plan to attack Connor when he moves the bigger body parts. At Saadia's apartment, Saadia realizes the furnace is pushing the smell of corpses through the building. Realizing Connor is the Druid, Saadia tries to convince Jen to escape. Jen agrees, remembering the smell of burning corpses from her mother's suicide. As they leave the apartment, Saadia collapses. Jen reveals she drugged her with Amber's tea, not wanting Connor arrested. She awakens in the Rijkers' apartment, where Jen reveals she shares Connor's hatred of the Druid's victims. A year ago, Saadia witnessed the others treat Jen's family terribly, but did nothing. In the present, Saadia realizes Jen was involved in the murders, and realizes she is supposed to be their alibi, which Jen confirms. After Amber, in an episode, tells Saadia to get the police, Jen snaps, blames her for Justine's death, and kills her. Jen dresses as the Druid and leaves to retrieve Connor. In the boiler room, Angel and Dan attack Connor, with Angel eventually throwing him into the furnace and restraining him, burning him alive. Angel also suffers fatal burn wounds due to this, and dies afterward. Jen arrives in the boiler room and confronts Dan, while Saadia escapes and arrives shortly afterward, sending Dan away. After Saadia refuses to let her leave, Jen injures her. Saadia injures Jen and escapes, reuniting with Dan. As they leave the building, Saadia collapses, but Dan helps her. Jen catches up with them, and tries to kill them, but Saadia causes her to fatally stab herself. As she dies, Jen admits her appreciation of Saadia having never condemned her family, but Saadia tearfully admits that she was the one who reposted the tweet Jen's mother made of Kit's death, which caused it to go viral and started the harrassment. A flashback to a year ago shows Saadia doing this. Jen dies in shock of Saadia's betrayal. Saadia and Dan exit the building as the sun rises. Two people walk by and compliment their "costumes", garnering no response. Saadia and Dan stand silently as the sun rises over the building, the events of the night now over.|
Development and production
Aaron Martin was inspired to write Slasher after his work on the first season of the medical series Saving Hope, including his writing of two Hope episodes where, in his words, "people got chopped up." Martin would write the first episode of Slasher as a spec script, with two intentions for doing so: To offer it to prospective studios, and to show a writing style that was different from his previous work (e.g. Saving Hope, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Being Erica). Though the script did not receive immediate interest, Shaftesbury Films would discover and option it to prospective broadcasters. The script would land at Canadian premium network Super Channel, who, their interest piqued in part by Slasher's fixed-end format, would order it as a series. The now-defunct American network Chiller, which specializes in the horror/thriller genre, would join in production sometime after Super Channel; Slasher would be Chiller's first (and only) foray into original scripted series content.
Production on Slasher's 8-episode first season was announced on July 28, 2015, with filming taking place between then and October 2015. Three Northern Ontario municipalities — the cities of Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie and the town of Parry Sound — would stand in for the show's fictitious location, the town of Waterbury. A first trailer for the series would be released on November 26, 2015.
Unlike most TV series that film their episodes in order, Slasher, under the direction of Craig David Wallace, was shot as if it were a "super-sized" movie: Scenes from multiple episodes were shot at the same time, with the availability of locations and cast being factored in. The out-of-order schedule allowed the actors to know of their characters' fates, especially those who had to film their death scenes one day but return later to film earlier scenes as necessary. As an example of this, Martin cited Mark Ghanimé's first day on set, when his character, Justin Faysal, was laid out in a casket for a scene early in Slasher's third episode (Justin's death, which took place in Episode 2, would be filmed later on).
On May 1, 2017, Slasher began filming a second season in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. Shaftesbury Films confirmed that the series will not be returning to Super Channel or Chiller for a second season. However, Netflix acquired the rights to the second season. The second season was released via Netflix on October 17, 2017.
On August 20, 2018, it was announced that production commenced for the third season of Slasher. On October 23, 2018, it was confirmed that Adam MacDonald was set to direct the third season of Slasher. On April 24, 2019, it was announced that Aaron Martin had stepped down as showrunner for the series and that Ian Carpenter will serve as the primary showrunner and one of executive producers of the third season. In addition, it was confirmed that the third season will premiere in various countries on Netflix on May 23, 2019.
Slasher has received positive reviews. For the first season, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 80% approval rating with an average rating of 5/10 based on 5 reviews. Zap2it called the series "a whole lot of fun" and "something for everyone," praising the series' anthology nature, its cast of characters, storyline, plot twists, bloody violence, and even the series-within-the-series Falcon Husbandry (shown as a favorite of Robin and Justin's in Episode 2). Bloody Disgusting awarded the show four skulls out of five, praising Katie McGrath as a great "protagonist and possible final girl" and the series' decision to feature an adult cast, rather than teenagers, with well-developed characters and a "decidedly classic" presentation. On the occasion of Slasher's Super Channel premiere, The Globe and Mail's John Doyle, while remarking that it "is no masterpiece of horror, nor was it meant to be," called the show "very well-crafted," praising its "exceptional cast" and tight pacing, and noting fans of gory horror will appreciate its bloody scenes.
Awards and accolades
|2017||5th Annual Canadian Screen Awards||Best TV Movie or Limited Series||Slasher||Nominated|
|Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series||Nominated|
|Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series||Steve Byers||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series||Wendy Crewson||Won|
On May 25, 2016, the entire first season of Slasher became available to stream instantly on Netflix US. On October 17, 2017, the full second season of Slasher became available to stream on Netflix in various countries. The series airs in the United Kingdom on Pick, where the first season premiered on May 10, 2016 and the second season on May 1, 2018. On May 23, 2019, the full third season of Slasher became available to stream in various countries on Netflix.
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