Slasher’s Creator Explains Why Horror Is Here to Stay

Slasher: Solstice, created by Aaron Martin, is set to premiere on Netflix on Thursday, May 23. As Martin readies for season three of the critically acclaimed psychological thriller anthology series,  he tells Cynopsis why horror is having a moment – and maybe more.

Cynopsis: How is season 3 different than the first two?

Aaron Martin: Season 3, unlike the first two seasons, is set in a very urban environment. Season 1 was set in a small town, Season 2 in a remote campground. But Season 3, we play with the dangers of anonymity and disconnection in our big city lives. We also touch on new themes: intolerance, all the -ism’s. Also, in Season 3 we are telling all 8 episodes in a very compressed timeframe, across 24 hours on the longest day of the year. What is the same, however, is that we have a big ol’ mystery, huge character stories, and of course awesome kills.

Cynopsis: Why the anthology format?

Martin: When I pitched the series, it was, “What would happen if you mixed an Agatha Christie novel with an 80s slasher film?”, meaning that as much as the kills are important, so is the mystery – and every mystery needs to be solved. That’s why we’re an anthology; each season is like one 8 hour slasher film. Also, willful suspension of disbelief can be suspended for only so long; at some point, if this was an ongoing series, you’d have to ask: Why the hell haven’t these people left this murderville???

Cynopsis: Why is a horror series winning such critical acclaim?

Martin: I think it’s because everyone loves to be scared – and, in these very scary times, there’s something comforting in being able to view terror from the outside. Maybe it’s a kind of therapy? I also think that genre, in general, is finally getting the respect it’s due. Everyone has upped their game in horror – with shows like American Horror Story and Haunting of Hill House, these are high-budget, high-quality, impactful series.

Related Stories

03/21/23: Another round of cuts at Amazon

Another round of cuts at Amazon

Tuesday March 21, 2023 Today’s Premieres Nat Geo: Restaurants at the End of the World at 10p Today’s Finale HGTV: Fixer to Fabulous at 9p IN THE NEWS More layoffs at Amazon. “We intend to eliminate about 9,000 more positions in the next few weeks—mostly in AWS, PXT [People Experience and Technology], Advertising, and Twitch,” […]

03/20/23: Cynopsis Media Tech Update

Monday March 20, 2023 The Justice Department is investigating TikTok’s owner over alleged spying on journalists. Surveying the protection of American citizens on the app, the investigation is tied to the admission that Beijing-based internet company ByteDance employees had acquired data on American TikTok users. The company said that the workers involved have been fired. […]

03/19/23: Cynopsis Jobs


DIRECTOR OF SALES NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP WKRN -TV (ABC) NASHVILLE TN Being a Leader of the Sales Team and owning the position. Driving new business development. Managing inventory, rates, political sales processes & revenue forecasting. Developing and executing sales packages and projects to increase stations’ revenue. Performing other duties as assigned. Minimum five yrs experience […]

03/17/23: “The Other Two” finally returning to HBO Max

Friday March 17, 2023 Today’s Premieres Amazon: Class of ’07, Dom AppleTV+: Extrapolations, Monster Factory, Sin Huellas, Swarm Discovery+: Beach Cottage Chronicles, Dance 100, Maestro in Blue, Sky High HBO Max: Beach Cottage Chronicles Netflix: Agent Elvis OWN: Put a Ring on It at 9p Oxygen: The Real Murders of Atlanta at 9p PBS: Great […]