Halloween! It’s the best holiday of the year. Bryan and his pregnant wife, Rachel, are getting ready for the festivities, but little do they know that their celebration is going to be cut very, very short.
Bryan welcomes in his friend, Alan, while he’s getting ready, but he’s quickly surprised when he answers the door again and the real Alan is standing there. Bryan gets a knife to the back, while Alan gets slashed on the face. Rachel tries to escape, but she’s offed too. The police arrive later to discover the killer sitting in a chair, rocking Rachel’s baby… Happy Halloween!
Flash forward to the present day and now that baby is a grown woman, Sarah Bennett. Sarah’s moving back to her hometown of Waterbury with her husband, Dylan, in an attempt to overcome some of her past traumas. Also, her parents’ murder house was free. Hey, it’s a tough market, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Sarah and Dylan run into their batty neighbor, Verna McBride, who seems to hate everyone and everything and can’t stand the happiness of others. Wonder what happened to her…
Sarah reunites with her childhood friend, Sgt. Cam Henry, a handsome cop who coaxes crazy housewives into calming down and probably rescues cats in trees and stuff. She tells him she wants to meet with her parents’ killer, but he’s not crazy about the idea for obvious reasons.
Sarah and Cam meet up with her landlords Robin Turner and Justin Faysal. They’re a married couple who have built up quite the real estate empire in Waterbury. They’re also really into throwing parties, and they invite Sarah and Cam to meet them later.
Dylan arrives at the offices of Waterbury Bulletin, where he’s taken a job as the new editor-in-chief. His co-worker, Alison, has been covering Sarah’s return to the town on the front page of the paper, and understandably, Dylan’s not exactly thrilled with that. But murder sells papers, and you gotta give the people what they want.
Later that night, Sarah and Dylan watch some interrogation footage of Tom Winston, her parents’ killer. She’s freaked out by it, and decides to go for a walk… when she starts being chased by someone dressed exactly like Tom on the night he killed her parents. The Executioner! Run, Sarah, run!
The Executioner disappears and Sarah runs into Dylan. He thinks it’s just some nosy kids and scares them off. One of the teens apparently has some emotional problems though, and he decides to ride his bike around the neighborhood smashing people’s mailboxes with a baseball bat. Lo and behold, he runs right into the Executioner, who teaches him a lesson about respecting people’s property by beating him with his own baseball bat.
Sarah goes to meet Tom Winston at the prison, who is about as creepy and mysterious as you may expect a murderer to be, but also weirdly protective. He hints that Sarah’s parents had some deep, dark secrets, and that she should explore her house to uncover them. Could these secrets be why they were murdered?
Sarah immediately gets to work tearing apart the cellar, where she discovers a hidden box of VHS tapes and a camcorder. She pops in a tape and… Yikes! It’s a video of her mother having sex with some dude who is definitely not her husband, who appears to be filming the scene. That’s not what you want to see when going through your parents’ home movies.
Sarah meets up with Cam at Peter and Justin’s house, and he confirms that the man in the video was Verna McBride’s husband, Peter, (guess that’s why she hates Sarah so much), but that he disappeared around the time Sarah’s parents were murdered. That’s strange…
Meanwhile, Verna has taken it upon herself to snoop around Sarah and Dylan’s house, where she finds the video of Peter McBride having sex with Sarah’s mom. Guess that stirred up some old feelings, as she grabs the tape and steals it from the house.
Verna goes home to eat her feelings, but she’s interrupted by a doorbell ditcher. Already resentful of the world, Verna decides to go to bed, but the Executioner has other plans in mind! He appears in her hallway and grabs her, taking her to her bed and tying up her arms and legs. Then, he begins cutting…
Across the street, Sarah hears Verna’s screams and goes to her house to investigate (maybe call the cops first, Sarah?). She goes upstairs and finds Verna… who is now a bloody mess with her legs and arms cut off. Sarah turns to exit when she’s startled by the Executioner. In a panic, she tries to run away but trips and knocks herself out at the bottom of the stairs. The Executioner places the stolen tape on Sarah’s stomach and disappears.
Sarah wakes up at the hospital and gives her testimony to Waterbury chief of police Iain Vaughn, who is skeptical about her admittedly bizarre story. Still a murder’s a murder, and someone’s on the loose.
Cam goes to the church and meets his father Alan (yes, the same Alan who was sliced by the Executioner on the night Sarah’s parents were murdered). The town is distraught by Verna’s murder, though Cam promises he will find who did this.
Sarah goes back to meet Tom to try to find out who is continuing his work. He says that Verna’s death mirrors the biblical punishment for the sin of wrath, suggesting that someone is being inspired by the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, wrath, greed, sloth, envy and pride… Verna was a hateful woman, but what could she have possibly done to deserve a punishment like that?
Elsewhere, the Executioner sits alone in a room, sketching an image of a woman being sliced apart. If the Executioner is punishing sinners… then who’s next?