Don’t Miss Netflix’s Best Horror Show You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Usually when I’m covering Netflix series, it’s something that’s just been released. But after having caught up on everything I cared to, I decided to check out a series that I’d seen lurking around the service for a while now, but had quite literally never heard anything about: Slasher.
Slasher is a Canadian series that was picked up and branded as a Netflix original, but it has gotten little promotion for the three seasons that exist right now.
What I was surprised to see was how good this series is, which was flying so under the radar I had missed it for years, even as a big horror fan. It stars practically no one I recognize at all, other than some extremely odd cameos (Shang-Chi star Simu Liu appears for about 30 seconds as a main character’s husband in season 2).
Slasher is an anthology series, meaning that each individual season is a new story. They do not connect at all, though they do share some of the same cast members, who are recast in new roles, as we frequently see in American Horror Story, the much more publicized horror anthology series, also on Netflix. Slasher may lack some of the extreme absurdity of Ryan Murphy’s more famous series, but it’s a far better show at its core, creating compelling mysteries while still retaining shock value. Each season is eight episodes long, and it took me about 6-7 episodes to correctly guess the killer each time, around when they’re revealed anyway, and the show does not have all that many annoying red herrings like we normally see in mysteries like this.
Here’s the breakdown of the three seasons of the show:
Season 1 (The Executioner) – A girl who survived her parents’ murder as an infant returns to her old house in a small town. The same killer starts killing again, even though the man who definitely was the original Executioner 30 years ago remains in jail.
Season 2 (Guilty Party) – A group of friends who were camp counselors banded together to kill another counselor and cover it up. With the camp being turned into a resort, they return to move her body, but find a commune has set up shop there. As soon as they get there, people start dying, and they’re cut off from the outside world.
Season 3 (Solstice) – A year after the unsolved murder of a local party boy, members of the apartment complex he lived in start getting picked off one by one by the same killer.
I’d say I have a clear ranking order for which of these I think are the best:
Season 2 > Season 3 > Season 1, though all are worthwhile, if you ask me. Season 4 is about to start within two weeks, but…not on Netflix. It’s actually going to be on Shudder, the horror-only subscription service (which I do already subscribe to), so if you want to continue on after this, it will have to be over there.
There’s little point talking more about it, as the mystery is the most fun part, but I absolutely recommend this series to any horror fan, and I’m frankly surprised it’s not talked about more. It’s buried under 5,000 other Netflix series at any given time, I guess.
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