‘Slasher: Solstice’ is another in line of the horror series that Netflix has brought for its audience. Living up to its name, the series displays no shortage of brutality, delivering blood and gore in just the right amount, careful not to drive you away in disgust. If you are someone who is the fan of the slasher genre, especially the movies like ‘Saw’, then I don’t think any disclaimer is necessary for you. The ones who like murder mysteries will also gravitate towards this show. The show betters itself by weaving in various social issues in its storyline. Islamophobia, homophobia, racism, hate crime and the adverse effects of social media culture find their place in this story. If you haven’t yet seen it, head over to Netflix and then come back to read the rest of this article.
Summary of the Plot
One night, a man returns home drunk and high from a solstice party. He is followed by a mysterious figure who stabs him to death right in front of other residents of the building. The man dies and the murderer isn’t caught. The dust settles and the case goes cold. And then on the anniversary of the murder, the Druid returns to finish off other residents. This time, he seems more focused and prepared, which means a lot of people are going to die by the time the sun shines on another day.
The Red Herring
Every good mystery requires a strong red herring. Dan, Xander, Connor, Amber, Violet, even the homeless guy who steals sandwiches from Xander’s shop is a suspect. The only way to rule out the possibility is to wait for one of them to die next! Because after watching all those films about scream queens and murders by masked men, we know that ruling anyone out of your radar can prove fatal to you. Another thing that we have learnt from binging detective shows is that you might not even meet the killer until the second half of the season (a trope regularly used by ‘True Detective’). More elements might be involved than what is visible to you, and ‘Slasher: Solstice’ uses this trick very well.