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Slasher tackles sloth in Episode 4

Nope, I’m not referring to the slow-moving mammal but the sin of laziness. Friday’s newest instalment of Slasher, “As Water is Corrupted Unless it Moves,” picks up with another death, supposition of guilt and the show’s first time two characters sit down and discuss who the likeliest suspect for serial killer is.

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Spotlighting the ruggedly beautiful
Director Craig David Wallace may have been operating with a shoestring budget, but it doesn’t show. There are several establishing shots of the Parry Sound area celebrating the spectacle that is rural Ontario and overhead filming that is simply stunning. Brenda Merritt’s send-off is memorable too.

Red herrings aplenty
As with most murder mysteries, Slasher is beginning stack up a lot of false leads. Last week’s closing scene hinted that Trent—who enjoys making weird taxidermy creations out of the animals he hunts—may be The Executioner. Whether he is or not is established early on Friday night, and many minutes are also spent with Trent’s back story, his aunt, his former employment and ties to Heather Peterson.

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Dylan lies, again
Dylan is quickly becoming the type of guy I’d tell Sarah to run away from. After lying to Sarah last week about giving two weeks notice before he could quit the newspaper, he puts his career first once again by allowing himself to be tantalized by the bright lights of television thanks to broadcaster Lisa-Ann Follows (Rookie Blue‘s Enuka Okuma). Dylan goes behind Sarah’s back to do something that will help him professionally, but puts their relationship in jeopardy.

Slasher airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Super Channel.

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Slasher’s latest suspect/victim: Erin Karpluk’s Heather Peterson

You can’t help but feel badly for Slasher‘s Heather Peterson (Erin Karpluk). Waterbury’s residents may dismiss her as a crazy lady, but she’s been through a lot. Her daughter went missing five years ago and her husband isn’t around (we’ll discover more about him later this season), but does that mean she’s the killer? Clearly not. Though Chief Iain Vaughn hauled her in for the deaths of Justin Faysal and Verna McBride, she didn’t do it and was released.

But she could very well become The Executioner’s next victim. In our third instalment, we spoke to Karpluk about the homework she did in preparing to play such a tragic figure.

How did you get involved with Slasher? You’ve worked with Aaron Martin before on Being Erica.
Erin Karpluk: It’s always been the most natural thing with him. Anything he writes just falls out of my mouth and we get along well. So when he called me up about this show … it’s funny because on Being Erica I played quirky and funny and a girl that people could relate to. I got the call from my manager who said, ‘Aaron is doing this miniseries and he’s wondering if you’re interested in this role.’ I said, ‘Great! What’s the role?’ And he said, ‘Well, Heather Peterson was once beautiful and is now haggard and crazed.’ I said, ‘What!?! My how things have changed!’ [Laughs.]

I read the part and immediately got really nervous because this is very different from what I’ve done with Aaron in the past. But, to be honest, I fell in love with the character.

Did you fall in love because the role scared you?
I get excited about anything. Riftworld was completely in my wheelhouse. Tahmoh hated me because I didn’t even have to look at my lines. Obviously, I’m not a mother in real life, but I just find her story so devastating. She’s written on paper who people might think is crazed but it all comes from this place. I find telling that story is so interesting and scary because I, Erin Karpluk, like to be happy. If there is something shitty going on in the world I like to try and put a funny spin on it to find a way to shift it around. And sometimes you just have to sit in the ugliness of it. A breakup, the loss of a job. And then there’s the big stuff like the death of a loved one or a child abduction, which I can’t think of anything being worse.

I got nervous and I knew I had to do this. I was very honoured that Aaron asked me to do it. I’ve never put so much research into a part in my life.

What kind of research did you do?
I have different coaches for different parts of acting. Being in a half-hour multi-cam comedy is very different from this, so I did a tête-à-tête with David Rotenberg, who teaches at York University, and we talked about the character and where she might be coming from, the types of music she might listen to. If I don’t need to do the work, I just use what I have, but for this I watched a lot of Hoarders because I think Heather does hoard. I didn’t realize there were different types of hoarders. I talked to a psychiatrist about post traumatic stress disorder. We’re supposed to go before our children, so if something happens to your child and you have a body, at least you have closure. But to never find them would drive anyone completely crazy.

I’ve been reading some of the quotes from parents that have gone through this. One mother said, ‘You don’t have rational thoughts. It feels like you’re going crazy and you have to take each second of each hour of each day at a time.’ For Heather, it’s been five years since her daughter was taken.

Of course, I’ve done all of this research and I could go to the set and they could say, ‘Nope, you suck Erin. We’re not going that way with it!’ [Laughs.]

Will it be tough to shake a character like this once you’re done filming?
Yeah, it sits in you, but I’m not a method actor. I joke around with the crew and right before we film I’ll get into it. For me that works better. You still have to stay focused, but at the end of the day I’ll do a shake-off checkout and think about what Erin likes.

Slasher airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Super Channel.

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Link: Wendy Crewson Talks Slasher and Saving Hope

From Heather M. of The Televixen:

Wendy Crewson Talks Slasher and Saving Hope
“You don’t get those kinds of parts. They don’t write them, they’re not out there. In the beginning, she was a little more prim. I said I wanted to try something. ‘How about [in Brenda’s first scene], if I’ve got my back to the camera and I’m smoking?'” Continue reading. 

 

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Link: Aaron Martin Talks Slasher’s First Season and Teases the Finale

From Heather M. of The Televixen:

Aaron Martin Talks Slasher’s First Season and Teases the Finale
Slasher has become a spring favorite around here, and Friday night, the eight-episode first season wraps up for U.S. audiences on Chiller. We haven’t been able to screen the episode ahead of time, so I have no spoilers, but I do have a treat. I jumped on the phone with series creator Aaron Martin, who wrote all eight episodes, to talk about turning to horror after a relatively family friendlier early career, crafting a serial killer drama, and what’s next. Continue reading.

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Link: Slasher delivers a good old-fashioned murder mystery

From Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies:

Slasher delivers a good old-fashioned murder mystery
“I purposely avoided watching both Scream and Scream Queens because I didn’t want to be influenced by them and make sure Slasher was it’s own thing. I would say the show, in terms of format, that I was most influenced by is American Horror Story because every year is going to be its own story and an anthology with a beginning, middle and end like they do. In an ideal world I then bring back some of the same actors like they do.” Continue reading. 

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