Since the weekend we have binged Slasher: Guilty Party. This is the second season to Slasher: Executioner, which was my last review. So far most of Slasher is heavily derived from other horror movie tropes, giving a nod to some of the best horror franchises. This one nods to Friday the 13th, maybe some to “I Know What You Did Last Summer”. A group of now adults return to the scene of where they had been camp counselors. The camp has long since closed and is now home to a small group of people living in a type of commune. They came looking for an off grid, hippy lifestyle and most of them also a new start. The general theme of Slasher, both season 1 and 2 is that nobody is innocent and as a whole in Slasher, the things they have done are usually awful. This makes it hard to actually like any of the characters. However, I do think the characters had more depth this time round. I actually despised Dawn at the beginning but in the flashbacks the other side of her made me warm to her more.
So six “friends” meet up to go back to where they used to be camp counselors. They did something terrible. We find out about this right at the beginning. Another counselor was killed and they covered it up and want to (five years later) move the body because the area is being developed and they don’t want anyone finding it. Their relationships have fractured and disintegrated since the incident. It’s the dead of winter and they travel up to this remote area with other the people in the commune for company. We are drip fed the full story of what happened that summer, five years ago through flashbacks, episode by episode. The killings start immediately. They are brutal and gory. There’s no holding back on these. People are blended, smushed, dissected….etc. Also I wish I had a heads up on this….there is a relatively graphic male rape scene.
Good points: Ty Olsson. You might remember as Benny from Supernatural, the vampire who escapes purgatory with Dean. I love Ty Olsson, great actor and those eyes ❤ . Gore a plenty….some really creative deaths. The flashbacks keep you watching. I didn’t guess the killer until close to the end. Because everyone is guilty of something…it creates an atmosphere of distrust, ripping the group apart.
Bad points: It’s not a very original story. The effects can be cheesy in places. Too many coincidences to set up this particular set of circumstances. There are some big gaping plot holes but hey it was easy to ignore them.
I enjoyed this one much more than season one. The boy isn’t a Slasher fan, he felt it was too much Friday the 13th and the gore was cheesy. I will give it 7/10 though. If you like horror, it’s worth a watch. Don’t expect it to bring anything new to the genre but it’s a good little run up to the Halloween season.