When John Carpenter released Halloween to an unexpecting public back in 1978 – most horror fans will agree that it’s massive success helped to jump start the slasher genre. Although one could argue that Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho from 1960 and even 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by Tobe Hooper had a hand in crafting the tropes we’ve come to expect from a slasher film these days. Since the heyday of the slasher film was the early 80’s it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of my early drive-in memories are of watching not just the Halloween series but Friday the 13th as well and while it is true that supernatural horror is always my first go-to I will admit that I do really enjoy a good slasher film – like 2011’s You’re Next to just pick the first film that pops into my head. Which is why I was certainly intrigued when our friends from Scream Factory sent me Slasher: Season One to review.
Slasher is actually a Chiller televisions series, a channel which I do not receive through my cable packaging which probably explains why I had never heard of the series until it showed up at my door! Created and written by Aaron Martin (SyFy’s Killjoys) with Craig David Wallace (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil) acting as Director, the first thing I noticed while watching the series – which is made up of eight episodes, was that there was a strong Halloween vibe to it…and maybe a bit of American Horror Story thrown into the mix as well.
The story concerns Sarah Bennett (Katie McGrath) as she returns to the sleepy little town of Waterbury with her Husband Dylan (Brandon Jay McLaren). The couple are taking up residence in her parent’s former home, the place of her birth in fact…which is a rather odd choice as when Sarah was born on Halloween night back in 1988 – her parents were brutally murdered in that house by a serial killer calling himself “The Executioner”. This madman is in fact the one who delivered Sarah…after slaying her parents!
As Sarah and Dylan return to Waterbury a string of similar murders begin to take place and they all are looking like it was the work of The Executioner…
…but it can’t be the same person, I mean he was apprehended back in 1988, found holding her in his arms at her parent’s house after the Police showed up. When she starts seeing The Executioner for herself she seeks out the man who killed her parents, Tom Winston (Patrick Garrow), who is still in prison and through his ‘insights’ on the behavior of this new killer they realize that the Seven Deadly Sins are the blueprint The Executioner is following. As you might imagine the conversations the two have are kind of a tip of the hat to 1986’s Manhunter or even 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs.
So the real question is can Sarah uncover the killer’s true identity when seemingly everyone in her life possesses their own dark secrets…and before The Executioner adds her name to the victim list?
Being a Scream Factory release there are some special features for your viewing pleasure:
- Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
While you may scoff at that special features offering, the real bonus is the episodes are extended on the Slasher: Season One Blu-Ray and DVD – adding scenes that viewers didn’t get to see when it first aired! You horror fans can pick this one up starting on Tuesday 7/12 or jump on over to the official Scream Factory page to Pre-Order right this second.