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‘Slasher: Solstice;’ Fiction Mirrors Reality

by Piper St. James

With the recent 2019 summer solstice in our tail lights, it seems like an appropriate time to talk about the third season of Slasher; Solstice, now on Netflix.  Solstice is the third installment of a horror anthology called Slasher, filmed in Canada and created by Aaron Martin for Chiller.  The first two installments are The Executioner (2016) and Guilty Party (2017.)

The story kicks off with the witnessed murder of Kit Jennings, a highly disliked yet controversial character.  His murder acts as the catalyst for the season.  The tenants of his building witness his brutal demise at the hand of The Druid, the masked killer for this new chapter in the anthology.

As the story of Solstice unravels it becomes quickly apparent the tenants in Jennings’ apartment building all have blood on their hands, and The Druid is coming to judge them for their past actions exactly one year after Jennings’ death.

It may not be known to a majority of the viewers, but the parallels in season 3 holds many similarities to a real life murder.  The vicious murder of Kitty Genovese is reflected upon in the storyline, which is first revealed with the smallest of nods being in Kit’s name.

In 1964, 28 year old Kitty Genovese was on her way home from work when she was stabbed outside of her apartment complex.  During her attack there were supposedly thirty eight witnesses, many of whom were peering from their apartment windows, and all of whom did nothing to come to her aide despite her desperate pleas for help.

Not a single one of these men and women chose to take it upon themselves to help the poor young woman as she was stabbed multiple times, raped, and eventually died, all at the hands of her assailant Winston Moseley.

The events kicking off episode one marry and intertwine beautifully with the real life story of Kitty Genovese as it is mirrored in the fate of the fictitious character Kit Jennings.  These parallels, combined with the distinct imagery and wonderful storytelling the anthology is known for, are done in a way that only Aaron Martin can accomplish.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Slasher anthology, be sure to check out iHorror’s article on the first installment, The Executioner, here!

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