Eight-part psychological thriller nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards including
Best Series, Best Writing, Best Direction and Performance Nods for
Steve Byers and Wendy Crewson
TORONTO, January 19, 2017 – Hot on the heels of its five Canadian Screen Awards nominations, the critically acclaimed psychological thriller Slasher is now available on Netflix Canada. The series has also been newly released on Netflix around the world including France, Italy, Australia and pan-regionally in Latin America and Asia, including Japan, and will be released in the U.K. and Germany this spring. Produced by Shaftesbury, the eight-part series is created and written by Aaron Martin (Saving Hope, Being Erica, Degrassi: The Next Generation) and features an all-star cast led by Katie McGrath (Supergirl, Jurassic World, Merlin), Brandon Jay McLaren (Ransom, Graceland), Steve Byers (Reign, The Man in the High Castle), Dean McDermott (Ecstasy, CSI), and Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope, Revenge).
“With Slasher, I wanted to tell a modern-day monster story – but instead of a mythological creature, the ‘monster’ in our series is all too human,” said Aaron Martin, creator, writer and executive producer, Slasher. “Humans have a limitless propensity for good… and, sadly, for evil. Slasher is able to tap into a very deep well of the darker side of human nature, in the same way that one of my favourite authors, Agatha Christie, spent a lifetime writing about human crimes.”
Slasher is nominated for the following 2017 Canadian Screen Awards:
Best TV Movie or Limited Series
Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series – Aaron Martin
Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series – Craig David Wallace
Best Performance, Actor, Leading Role, Dramatic Program or Limited Series – Steve Byers
Best Performance, Actress, Featured Supporting Role, Dramatic Program or Series – Wendy Crewson
When Sarah Bennett returns to the small town where she was born – and where her parents were brutally murdered – she is determined to make a fresh start. But it’s not long before history starts to repeat itself, and she is plunged into the midst of a new, even bloodier mystery as the town of Waterbury is shaken by a series of horrifying copycat murders based on the brutal killing of her parents. As the grisly murders escalate and long-buried secrets are revealed, everyone is either a suspect…or a victim. Sarah finds herself questioning everything and everyone around her. When she uncovers some soul-shattering revelations about her own life, Sarah discovers that the truth may be more dangerous than any serial killer could ever be.
Additional Slasher cast include Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Enuka Okuma (How to Get Away With Murder, Rookie Blue), Erin Karpluk (Rookie Blue, Being Erica), Patrick Garrow (Pure, Killjoys), Christopher Jacot (Rogue, Eureka), Mayko Nguyen (Killjoys, Cracked), Rob Stewart (Incorporated, Killjoys, Suits), Hannah Endicott-Douglas (Good Witch), Shawn Ahmed (MsLabelled, Paranormal Investigators), Jessica Sipos (Dark Matter, UnREAL), Jefferson Brown (The Perfect Stalker, Rookie Blue), Mark Ghanimé (Reign, Helix), Dylan Taylor (Pure, Rogue, Covert Affairs), Booth Savage (Mr. D.), Victoria Snow (Taken, Cra$h & Burn), Sabrina Grdevich (Kim’s Convenience, Skins) and Rainbow Sun Francks (Eyewitness, Murdoch Mysteries, The Listener).
Developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with NBCUniversal’s Chiller, Slasher is written and created by Aaron Martin and directed by Craig David Wallace (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil). Aaron Martin, Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie are executive producers. Content Media Corporation is the distributor. Slasher is funded with the participation of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the COGECO Program Development Fund, the Bell Fund, Music and Film in Motion/Federal Government of Canada, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
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Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television and digital platforms. Shaftesbury’s slate includes 10 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; David Shore’s Houdini & Doyle for Sony Pictures Television, Corus Entertainment, ITV, and Fox; thriller series Slasher for NBCUniversal’s Chiller; and Kids’ CBC series The Moblees. Shaftesbury’s digital arm, Smokebomb Entertainment, produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the hit YouTube series Carmilla, funded by U by Kotex®; mystery series V Morgan Is Dead, brought to life by RBC; fashion comedy series MsLabelled, produced in partnership with Shaw Media and Tetley Tea; supernatural drama Inhuman Condition; and the Slasher VR app for iOS, Android, and Oculus Rift. In June 2014, Shaftesbury/Smokebomb launched shift2, a branded entertainment agency that drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers.
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