Nalini Haynes talks to Paula Brancati from the new Shudder Original Event Series, Slasher: Flesh & Blood. This series will premiere exclusively on premium genre streaming service Shudder on August 12. A diverse ensemble cast with faces both fresh and familiar join horror legend David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome). Many actors return to the series from previous iterations of the franchise (similar to American Horror Story).
Slasher: Flesh & Blood follows a wealthy, dysfunctional family. They gather for a reunion on a secluded island only to learn they’ll be pitted against one another in a cruel game of life and death. During this “game”, a mysterious masked killer stalks them. Nothing is what it seems and no one is safe as the tension – and body count – ratchets up.
The eight-episode event series stars Cronenberg alongside cast members from previous instalments of the Slasher franchise in brand new roles. Actors include Paula Brancati (Dark Oracle); Jefferson Brown (Carrie); Patrice Goodman (Sunnyside); Sabrina Grdevich (A.I. Artificial Intelligence); and Christopher Jacot (Going the Distance). New to the franchise are Rachael Crawford (Heartland); Jeananne Goosen (The Walking Dead); Sydney Meyer (Departure); and Alex Ozerov (The Americans).
The series will exclusively stream on Shudder, the premium streamer for horror, thriller and the supernatural. It began on Thursday 12 August with two episodes. New episodes stream each week.
Horror actor Paula Brancati Paula co-founded BrancSeater Productions. She produced seven films for the production company, including People Hold On. However, she is most widely known for her work on Canadian television. This includes roles on Being Erica, Dark Oracle, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. In 2016, Brancati portrayed Miss Honey in Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical in Toronto. Paula was nominated for two Dora Awards.
Planned interview questions
Please tell us about Slasher: Flesh & Blood the series.
How is working on a series different to a movie and theatre?
People Hold On started out like a drama but finished with overtones that, perhaps, it was a horror. How did you transition from such a subtle horror to Slasher?
What do you think the difference is for men and women working in the horror genre? Do the fans react differently?
If you enjoyed listening to Paula Brancati, you might enjoy this podcast featuring Larry Van Duynhoven talking about working as a prosthetics artist on horror shows.