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‘Slasher: Flesh & Blood’ Episode 3: ‘In Trust’ review

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Warning! Spoilers for Slasher: Flesh & Blood ahead!

The story so far: The Galloways have returned to the father’s (David Cronenberg) estate for a family reunion. Shortly after arriving, they are provided two pieces of information. Spencer (Cronenberg) has decided to step down from running the company and a game will be held. One winner will be given Spencer’s entire fortune. The games see two surprise entrants before a shocking elimination. Even more surprising is the masked killer who is on the island with them.

Slasher lives up to its title in the third episode. Despite the heavy violence, the first two episodes had a heavy mystery feel to them. “In Trust” leans much more into horror. There is an air of distrust and death seems to be around every corner. Setting the show on a deserted island adds to the fear. The game is still going on, old rivalries are beginning to heat up to dangerous levels, and people are still dying.

There is an amazing fight between three people.

Flesh & Blood continues to be one of the gorier shows on television. There are some brutal deaths in the show. They may even be more disgusting in the latest episode, but they do not come off as superfluous as the initial two episodes. There is certainly shock value, but they fit in the context of the story. (This may be due to the fact that after three episodes, they are somewhat expected. The downside is this may lessen their effect as the show goes on.)

Based on the rules of the game and the stakes everyone is playing for, it was inevitable that alliances would be formed. Flesh & Blood has teased the class divide the entire season. “In Trust” goes one step further and introduces race into the equation. This leads to the highlight of the season so far. There is an amazing fight between three people in the Galloway mansion. The fight is vicious and is surprisingly realistic, if a little exaggerated.

Three episodes in and Slasher: Flesh & Blood has proven to be the best kind of television. It is mindless entertainment that is impossible to turn away from. The mystery keeps audiences guessing with shocking twists while the over the top kills are sick fun. The real intrigue is based twofold: who is going to win and who is killing everyone off. 

Slasher: Flesh & Blood airs on Shudder.

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