Slasher: Flesh and Blood post-mortem interview with the cast

- Slasher _ Season 4, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Cole Burston/Shudder
- Slasher _ Season 4, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Cole Burston/Shudder /

The following interview is a post-mortem, meaning there are HUGE SPOILERS for the end of Slasher: Flesh and Blood. Turn back now if you haven’t finished watching the season yet.

Slasher: Flesh and Blood has finally debuted the final two episodes of the season, and they are stuffed with jaw-dropping twists and turns. With The Gentleman killer officially unmasked, we had the chance to chat with the final survivors (and the killer) from the end of the series, including our final girl Sydney Meyer (Liv), the revived killer Jeananne Goossen (Dr. Trinn), Alex Ozerov (Theo) and A.J. Simmons (Vincent) about their thoughts on Slasher: Flesh and Blood and those crazy ending twists and reveals.

Slasher: Flesh and Blood: Let’s talk about that killer reveal and ending

1428 Elm: To start, Jeananne, what was your reaction to finding out that Trinn was the killer all along in Slasher: Flesh and Blood?

Jeananne Goossen: I was really excited by it. I mean, I was like, “why am I reading all of these episodes? My character disappears in the third episode.” I was told before reading them, read it to the end, you’ll enjoy it. So I’m reading them, and it’s like so much gore, so scary, and I’m deep in the story and then suddenly it’s revealed that it’s my character that’s the killer at the end.

The scenes that came afterward were very exciting for me because it’s so much fun stuff to play. It’s a lot of very different elements of one human being. Then that gives a great big picture that I can play all of those parts from because each one separately is its own thing, and when you put them all together, it stretches and fills out a lot more about who that person is.

1428 Elm: Sydney, how did you feel when you found out that you would be the final girl in this season?

Sydney Meyer: Awesome, I feel like I was one of the only likable characters in the family. She really earns it. She fights people. She goes really hard on the challenges. She’s smart. She was a worthy winner.

1428 Elm: Where do you see her ending up with her daughter in the future?

Sydney Meyer: I don’t know! That scares me because she’s in such a dark place mentally. The whole thing brought out a dark side of her that wasn’t there before, to that extent. When we see her in that final scene, and she’s pregnant, she’s toying with these dark ideas.

That scares me about where she’s going to go. How will she protect her kid in a way that might be a little overly violent or aggressive? She might be taking on those Galloway traits now, so I’m worried about her and worried for her.

1428 Elm: I thought the ending might be hinting that, that she might end up becoming a little more like [the Galloways] than she would want to.

Sydney Meyer: I think so, exactly.

Slasher: Flesh and Blood: Brotherly love goes sideways

1428 Elm: Speaking of the ending, obviously, the twist of who the killer is is one of the biggest reveals. But I was also shocked by how things went down between Theo and Vincent. I didn’t know if both of them were going to survive, but I didn’t expect Theo to saw Vincent’s head in half. Can you guys talk about filming that Slasher: Flesh and Blood fight scene and what that was like?

A.J. Simmons: I think I headbutted Alex quite a lot during that process. It was a lot. I’ve got an older brother in real life, very close in age to me, and we used to have a lot of [fights] growing up. It was sort of cathartic, in a weird way.

But it was also, I don’t know, man, the idea of putting a pretend saw in my mouth and screaming for really long takes over and over again as he’s pulling, and Alex is there—it was just intense! And then seeing my head come off and seeing the prosthetics and literally drowning with blood in my mouth and gagging and s**t, it was intense.

Alex Ozerov: It was physically exhausting through and through, from the beginning to the very end. A.J. and I, at first, it was an unspoken agreement that we would just go for it. There wasn’t much like, “let’s do this as a stunt! Let’s pretend we’re grabbing each other!” It was like, “let’s go all out! When we’re holding each other and struggling, let’s really struggle!”

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All of the muscles were fully tensed up, everything was just activated, so throughout the scenes, we were screaming, and everything and Adam [MacDonald, the director] kept going, “more, more, again!” A.J. and I would throw our heads back, like, “Oh god, we cant! We’re done!”

Sydney Meyer: They went so hard, these two. Like watching them do that scene, I was like, “oh my god!”

Alex Ozerov: It was kind of rewarding at the very end, something that’s very satisfying, like, holy s**t, we f**king did it!

Sydney Meyer: You boys.

Jeananne Goossen: It’s like after a near-death experience. When they shot that scene, Sydney and I were both there, and there were a couple of moments where I was legitimately worried about you guys.

A.J. Simmons: My neck was a bit stiff for a few days afterward, not gonna lie.

1428 Elm: I can imagine!

A.J. Simmons: Wire saws in the mouth, I don’t advise it.

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1428 Elm: It’s funny because after the Trinn reveal, you think, okay, that’s the big reveal, but then you get Theo telling Liv his dark secret, and I think my jaw dropped more for that than anything because it was so unexpected. What did you think about that reveal for your character, Alex, and how it resulted in his death ultimately?

Alex Ozerov: I think, well actually, I think you [looks to Sydney] can speak to that more, like how you perceived it.

1428 Elm: He spent all of Slasher: Flesh and Blood thinking he wasn’t like his family, and then we find out that he’s just as bad, if not worse.

Alex Ozerov: He definitely has sociopathic tendencies. He fooled himself and fooled his family that he was feeling guilty and ashamed about what he’s done, but then at the very end, he’s like, “I did this for the greater good. It turned out for the best. The universe conspired, it’s for the children, it’s for the community.” That disgusted Liv completely. It turned her off.

Sydney Meyer: That whole scene, he’s so condescending and entitled, and misogynistic. He’s like, “I murdered a bunch of kids, but I paid their families, so you’re welcome.” It’s like, alright, well, this is over now.

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1428 Elm: That scene was hard to watch. I was rooting for Liv at that point. Like Liv, you can’t share the money with him. You’ve got to get him out of there!

Alex Ozerov: That’s what all the women were thinking.

Sydney Meyer: And he keeps talking. It’s like a big tower of Jenga, the more he talks like, oops pulled a block, he’s pulling blocks out of the thing, and it’s like well you’re done now!

Alex Ozerov: I feel like Liv did that for all the women who are were like, “f**king kill him! Murder him!”

Slasher: Flesh and Blood: The most gruesome deaths

1428 Elm: What was the death from Slasher: Flesh and Blood that shocked you the most? We can start with Jeananne since you were responsible for most of them.

Jeananne Goossen: The shocking ones were the ones that I didn’t commit myself. I was talking about them with these guys earlier, O’Keefe’s death. I mean, this is all on paper, mind you, so reading the feedback from fans, it hasn’t aired in Canada yet; I’m guessing that Christy’s death is probably going to mess me up, too, but on paper, it wasn’t as excruciating to read as O’Keefe’s death.

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I’m a mom, witnessing, even in writing, a mother prioritizing her own life over her kid’s is really intense, nevermind how they end up going. That, for me, was a shocking one. I wasn’t expecting it, especially since O’Keefe is such a blameless, kind character.

There are very few of those in this family, and they are really the only one who I was like, they have done no wrong! Even the way that Breton [Lalama] plays it like on their face. They are there for everyone in every scene. And then boom, the way they go! Just gutted me, gutted me.

1428 Elm: What about you, A.J.?

A.J. Simmons: I have to say that O’Keefe’s death was pretty rough, but the one I was present for, I thought Christy’s, the state of her face! She’s just coming in, and the way Paula did it was dope. I thought she was a really nice person, and she just wanted a simple life with her family and a husband who wasn’t an a**hole. [She] wanted pure things and then to get capped like that right there. Ugh, man. On the day, I was like, ugh, that’s grim, just the screaming and the silence that was a lot.

1428 Elm: The thing about Christy’s death is they could have cut it off after she was attacked, but then they had the whole drawn-out scene where she comes back and begs to die, which adds a whole other level to it. What about you, Sydney and Alex, what was the worst death, do you think?

Sydney Meyer: Christy, that’s f**ked up. That was upsetting to shoot, Paula [Brancati] is so sweet, and she’s so sweet as Christy. She’s so good. So, seeing her come in, like face like hanging off, and then begging to die, and we’re all just sitting there looking at her.

1428 Elm: There are a lot of fans who have mentioned that Paula’s characters have died every season, and they were like, she needs to play the killer next time!

Alex Ozerov: Or be the final girl!

Sydney Meyer: Be the final girl, totally. She’s a bada**.

Alex Ozerov: For me, the death that affected me the most was my own. [Laughs] I couldn’t believe I died. No, it has to be O’Keefe’s death. When we were filming that, it was the death that was the least gory, and we didn’t even witness the death, but the funeral of it really affected me.

O’Keefe was just on the ground. It was such a silent moment, like filming was just silence. Nobody was speaking. Everyone was in shock, and O’Keefe was looking pale, and it was devastating. It was awful. It affected me the most.

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1428 Elm: Last question: I did want to ask about this because, for me, O’Keefe’s death was definitely up there, but I feel like Jayden’s was so awful because it was so drawn out, and everyone was there, unable to stop it from happening. I’m curious what it was like to film that for you guys?

Sydney Meyer: It was the worst day!

Jeananne Goossen: It was so gross.

Sydney Meyer: That day was so long, and it was freezing, and the room was like this big [mimes small room], and we had one cameraman in there.

Jeananne Goossen: He was soaking wet in a box!

Sydney Meyer: He was soaked in his own blood in a box with prosthetics attached to him, and we just kept being like, can someone get him out of the box?

Alex Ozerov: We kept coming up to him like bro, are you comfortable? Toward the end, I gave him a little towel for his neck because the box was cutting into his neck, and it was bruised and stuff, and he was there for eight hours.

Sydney Meyer: He was such a trooper that day.

Jeananne Goossen: And the death came out of the left field, now that you mention it because it’s the first one [of the family] I hadn’t really recalled it when we were having this conversation but reading the scripts, that one came out of left field because I thought he was going to stick around much longer.

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This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

All of Slasher: Flesh and Blood is now streaming exclusively on Shudder.