Slasher (TV series)
|Created by||Aaron Martin|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||46-53 minutes|
|Distributor||Content Media Corporation|
|Original release||March 4, 2016– present|
Slasher is a Canadian television horror anthology series created by Aaron Martin.
The first season, retroactively subtitled The Executioner, was produced in association with the Canadian network Super Channel, Slasher was the first (and only) original series by the now-defunct U.S. TV channel Chiller, which premiered the series on Friday, March 4, 2016, at 9:00 pm EST. Super Channel aired the show's Canadian premiere on April 1, 2016. The series first season, which centered on a mysterious figure billed as "The Executioner" terrorizing the fictional town of Waterbury, Canada, was filmed between July and October 2015 in Sudbury, Parry Sound, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
On May 1, 2017, Slasher began filming a second season in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. The licensing rights for the second season was acquired by Netflix. The season was released as a "Netflix Original" title in various countries on October 17, 2017. The second season titled Slasher: Guilty Party is centered on a group of former summer camp counselors who return to an isolated campground in order to bury their sins of the past, before being targeted, one by one, by an unknown killer.
The series has been renewed for a third season.
- 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 he grew up with. 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 their motivations for their actions 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 he or she has 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 he or she 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 his/her victims are not innocent. Tom has suggested to Sarah, in Episode 3, that The Executioner him/herself 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 a machete.
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, which also alerts the second group of counselors at the resort.
Eventually, it's revealed that Judith is the killer, and another character, Wren, is actually Owen "Wren" Turnbull, her son who committed suicide after being framed for Talvinder's murder, and is a figment of Judith's imagination. Owen wrote a letter to his mother, asking her to get justice for him before hanging himself. Judith killed several members of the commune for their complicity after the fact, as Antoine discovered Talvinder's body and hid it to avoid jeopardizing a real estate deal. Dawn and Keira are the only ones to escape her wrath and the former finally turns herself in for her crime during the epilogue. Judith can be seen watching them along with the hallucination of Owen, who says they'll be waiting for Dawn after she is released from prison.
Cast and characters
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 relationship to Sarah.
- Mary Walsh as Verna McBride, Sarah and Dylan's neighbor, who passed judgement 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.
- 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 has had a drug addiction, has a collection of rocks, and occasionally cuts herself.
- Lovell Adams-Gray as Peter Broome / Burrow, a former counselor, and Andi's ex-boyfriend.
- Jim Watson as Noah Jenkins, a former camp counselor. Five years ago, Talvinder manipulated Noah into doing things for her by making it look like she wanted to be his girlfriend.
- Paula Brancati as Dawn Duguin, a former camp counselor. Five years ago, Dawn and Talvinder were friends, but Talvinder stopped Dawn from having a relationship with Ryan, causing Dawn to hate her.
- Christopher Jacot as Antoine, a masseuse and yoga instructor, and Renee's legal husband, though he is gay.
- Paulino Nunes as Mark Rankin: A former lawyer, who came to the commune after nearly being killed by the father of the victim of a man he successfully defended.
- Ty Olsson as Benny Ironside / Glenn Morgan, a former prisoner.
- 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. He was a counselor at Camp Motega five years ago. He had an unhealthy obsession with Talvinder.
- Madison Cheeatow as Keira, a former nurse at the commune, who came after she accidentally killed a patient.
- Melinda Shankar as Talvinder Gill, a new camp counselor whose murder drives the events of Guilty Party. A manipulative girl, she played on the other counselors kindness.
- Kaitlyn Leeb as Susan Lam, a mother and wife, and once Andi and Dawn's friend.
- Rebecca Liddiard as Andi Criss, Peter's ex-girlfriend.
- Dean McDermott as Alan Haight, a man whose son died in a hit and run accident.
- Rebecca Amzallag as Stephanie, a woman Mark was having an affair with before arriving at the commune.
- Jefferson Brown as Gene, the outfitter and supply deliverer for the commune.
- Kyle Buchanan as Simon, Andi's current boyfriend.
- Simu Liu as Luke, Susan's kind and somewhat oblivious husband.
- Sophia Walker as Megan, a hiker.
- Kimberly-Sue Murray as Janice, Gene's girlfriend.
- Luke Humphrey as Glenn Morgan / R. G., a former drug dealer, and incarcerated at the same prison as Benny.
- Jon McLaren as Ryan, a counselor at Camp Motega five years ago.
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. Gene is killed when he goes to the sauna 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, where she has her eyes gouged out with a broken pipe and then breaking her neck. 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, and refuses to listen to Keira trying to tell her Megan was telling the truth. Meanwhile, Noah decides to try and 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's 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 and breaks through the window and strangles Renée until she’s unconscious. Judith runs and hides from him as he stalks her through the halls, through 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, and 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 Tal’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’ll circle back, and that they’ll be ready. 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, which Noah admits to, 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 have 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, 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 Wren, 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, asking his mother for justice. Peter rescues Keira, and runs into Judith at the shrine. After believing herself to be Wren 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 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.|
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.
Slasher has received positive 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 second season began airing in the United Kingdom via Pick-TV.
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