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[Netflix Review] Slasher Season 1: The Executioner (2016) ★★★☆☆

Sarah Bennett

Slasher: The Executioner brutally punishes every deadly sin, with bloody gruesome fatalities.


Slasher is a horror anthology series that speaks for itself; it’s a slasher. Each season a new story about people being brutally murdered by a masked killer unravels the mystery behind it. This first season a masked killer who calls himself The Executioner wreaks havoc in the small town of Waterbury. Each episode someone gets brutally killed and it’s up to the final girl to unmask the killer. The setup is quite like a mystery that slowly unfolds, that sets you on the wrong track, placing some red herrings, that will keep you at your guard. It’s a very entertaining series, that makes a pleasant but gruesome watch, by actively guessing the killer.

This first season consists of 8 episodes with each a duration of 48-52 minutes. It has a continuous storyline with each episode a kill-of-the-week, getting ever closer to unmasking the killer. 


Plot

In 1988 during Halloween Rachel en Ryan Ingram are brutally murdered in their own home by a masked killer who calls himself The Executioner. The most gruesome part is that Rachel was pregnant and that The Executioner killed her, but cut out the baby from her belly. That baby was Sarah. 

Now Sarah returns to Waterbury with her husband Dylan Bennett, to move into that old house, for free. Sarah is looking for answers what happened back then and why, but by returning home, she might get more than she has bargained for, when a new Executioner rises to slaughter all the sinners in town, killing them accordingly their rightful punishment according to the bible. 


Why you should watch it

Slasher is a very entertaining mystery slasher series that will keep you guessing who the real Executioner is. Meanwhile the town of Waterbury isn’t that idyllic or peaceful. In fact the Ingram murders were only the top of the iceberg and a lot of people in town have dark secrets that makes them all sinners. 

While the first murders seem to have everything to do with the murders almost 30 years ago, Sarah looks up the original Executioner Tom Winston in prison for answers. But slowly the more people are getting killed, the more those kills are pointing to the case of a missing girl, 5 years earlier. After a party Ariel went home, but mysteriously disappeared. Now The Executioner is killing people who have anything to do with her disappearance either directly or indirectly. 

Find out who the real Executioner is, here.

Sarah wants to know more about her parents, why they were killed and of course who they were. But her parents weren’t that innocent people as she might had imagined. Even her grandmother Brenda who raised her, has some dark secrets of her own. Sarah finds herself in a nightmare town, where her husband is too preoccupied with his new job as an editor at the Waterbury Bulletin, covering the exciting murders. She finds solace with her childhood friend Cam Henry, the son of vicar Alan Henry who was Rachel’s and Ryan’s best friend and who was also present at the murder scene and now he acts as Tom’s religious counselor.

Each episode the Executioner kills a sinner who committed one of the deadly sins and are accordingly punished, in a very brutal and gruesome way. It’s all about the dark side of human nature and each episode lifts a tip of the dark veil that hangs over Waterbury exposing their darkest sides. While Sarah tries to unravel the mystery of the killings and the disappearance of Ariel, we are always a little bit ahead of her. But the information shown to us is given in a sparse way to create moments of big revelations. 

While the story and the plot has its flaws, it doesn’t always feel realistic in the way people behave or act, the overall story, the sinners and the mysteries are well-crafted and are cause for some good mystery watching. 


My favorite part

What happened to Ariel was the most impressive part of the series. It felt a bit apart from the rest, while it had everything to do with the killings. But just that feeling is very disturbing. If you think about it, she went missing, became a cold case while all the time she was… While nobody but her mother ever thought of her again. It’s the most disturbing and terrible case of the whole story. Sometimes you even root for the killer, because people can be so mean and selfish and hurtful, that sometimes you might feel they deserved it, as did Sarah felt like. Some did some rotten things out of greed, gluttony, anger, lust, sloth, envy or pride, all in secrecy, but they got caught. And it made for a hell of a slasher mystery. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Gore factor: ★★★★☆

Thrill factor: ★★★☆☆

Gruesome factor: ★★★★★

Entertainment factor: ★★★★☆


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Cast and crew

Slasher is created by Aaron Martin. It stars Katie McGrath (Sarah Bennett), Brandon Jay McLaren (Dylan Bennett), Steve Byers (Cam Henry), Patrick Garrow (Tom Winston), Dean McDermott (Ian Vaughn), Christopher Jacot (Robin Turner) and Wendy Crewson (Brenda Merritt). 

Music: Shawn Pierce. Cinematography: Nick Haight. Production companies: Shaftesbury Films, Super Channel, TVA Group. Original network: Super Channel, Chiller, Netflix. 


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