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‘Slasher: Flesh & Blood’ Episodes 1 & 2 review: Over the top death overshadows fun mystery

And then there was one.

Slasher: Flesh & Blood will appeal to more than just horror fans. It has a premise straight out of a turn of the century mystery novel. The show is an interesting mix of Agatha Christie and Sean S. Cunningham. Spencer Galloway (David Cronenberg) has gathered his family together for a reunion. When he reveals his plans, old rivalries and secrets arise and the family will be changed forever.

The show should become more interesting.

For those not familiar with the show, it is an anthology series similar to American Horror Story. The previous seasons have been about a masked killer killing their victims with seemingly no motive. Flesh & Blood does not take long to show its vicious streak. There are some graphic kills in the show. An argument can be made that these scenes are too over the top. While death is obviously going to be an important part of the show, the mystery is interesting enough without having gruesome kills. 

There are so many characters that it is hard to get a feel for them within the first two episodes. Not helping matters is the uneven characterizations and performances. That being said, Flesh & Blood has painted some as villains and made others easier to root for. As the season progresses and each Galloway becomes more fleshed out, the show should become far more interesting. 

The show is more than just a game of life and death, however. Themes such as class and family are often visited. These are smart additions as it adds an additional layer that furthers the plot beyond a dangerous mystery. That may be the biggest takeaway from Flesh & Blood’s premiere. It is in the early stages and aside from setting the basic premise and some grisly eliminations, making a full assessment would be unfair. So far, show is entertaining and interesting and the next few weeks will be very telling.

Slasher: Flesh & Blood premieres on Shudder Thursday, August 12. New episodes follow each week

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