Slasher S4E7 goes deep into psychology and narrative control. Without spoilers, I can say that there are character defining moments as well as a story twist or two that will reframe how you see the previous episodes. As we move forward, things take a slight shift towards memory lane.

Character Psychology: Plot v Character movements

There is a slight divide in story telling. Some of us lean towards Character Driven stories and others like the Plot Device heavy story. I’m in the Character Driven camp. I don’t think it’s fair to the characters to keep changing their ‘role’ in things just because their current make-up doesn’t fit your predestined plot. I often find writing that is against character to be weak writing and not enjoyable.

When you write, you can have the idea of a story in your mind. Then you might create characters to go along with the story. Sometimes, you’ll have a character in mind and give them trials and tribulations – but they are always ‘the character’ as a character. There should be growth or a positive/negative exchange for characters throughout the book but none should change so vastly with the sole purpose of plot convenience. If you want to see a good example of the former – a Character Driven story – then look no further than Slasher Season 4. If you are curious what the latter looks like, try a few late series True Bloods where it seems the base ‘good or evil’ of a character is decided at a toss of a coin.

Slasher’s main strength, and it has a lot of them, is the development of its characters. Even the most flawed person is someone you feel something towards. This is why Slasher works brilliantly as a series instead of a movie. A movie wouldn’t allow for so much growth over such a short window, but a series is designed for such lateral movements.

Slasher S4E7 a young woman in white walks through a purple woods towards what may be the killer
Trippin’ balls has never looked so delightful and frightful

Narrative Control as device in Slasher S4E7

Dream endings are garbage. If story telling 101 is ‘Character Driven is stronger’ then 102 must be ‘don’t end things with a dream ending or you’re basically pissing on your audience’. Without spoilers, I won’t say if there is a ‘dream ending’ in Slasher or not. I will say this, though: After six plus episodes of careful character work and building a believable and believed (two different things, by and by) narrator/narrative, it’s a bit difficult to understand why a series would piss it all away in one Scooby Doo moment. Not the GOOD Scooby Doo but the bullshit series that came years and years later. The one that made fun of itself. No spoilers here and nothing need further be said.

A blond kid trying to blame a red head for something he didn't do. 'Red Herring' from Scooby Doo
This should never ever happen in a screenplay – ever

The Verdict

Am I a fan of Character Driven story lines? Absolutely. Am I a fan of what amounts to as a ‘dream’ narrative device? No. There is some suspension of disbelief needed for any show but this might be a tad too far. When one watches House on Haunted Hill the strings are above table. It’s a psychology on the characters, not a punk out on the watcher. This is one of the rare instances where Slasher slips. Without spoilers, I can’t say much more on why this rating is a 3.5 Cthulhus. Is it a skippable episode? Not at all – the pacing of this, as is the acting, is fantastic. I wish the payoff was better, though.

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

Where to watch Slasher S4E7

You can catch Slasher on Shudder. It is still well worth the price of admission and, really, you get so much more than just one series. Get it for Slasher and stay for Elvira and The Last Drive In. There is so much good stuff (Creepshow coming up next!) on Shudder, you really won’t find a better deal in horror than that monthly sub.

Jim Phoenix

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