Chiller announces movies, specials

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David
CHILLER ANNOUNCES 2012 PROGRAMMING SLATE

Network’s New Original Offerings Will Include Two Movies,

Two Specials and A Documentary Film

New York, NY – January 9, 2012 – Following another year of successes,
including double-digit growth among Adults 18-34 and the premiere of
its first-ever original movie, Steve Niles’ Remains, Chiller has
unveiled an all-new slate of original programming, it was announced
today by Thomas P. Vitale, Executive Vice President, Programming &
Original Movies, Syfy and Chiller.  These projects join the
previously-announced original movie Brian Keene’s Ghoul, currently
slated to premiere in early 2012.


CHILLER’S 2012 PROGRAMMING SLATE


ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY FILM

THE AMERICAN SCREAM

From the same director/producer of the critically-acclaimed hit
documentary Best Worst Movie (2009) comes The American Scream: an
unconventional look at the Halloween cultural phenomenon of homemade
haunted houses, and the enthusiasts behind the scenes.  Filmed in the
sleepy enclave of Fairhaven, MA, The American Scream follows the
creative minds behind three local homemade haunts and their spirited,
passionate and sometimes harrowing efforts in igniting their town’s
Halloween spirit each year.  Slated for an October 2012 premiere, The
American Scream is produced by Michael and Lindsay Stephenson, Zack
Carlson and Rod Olson for Magic Stone Productions and Meyer
Shwarzstein of Brainstorm Media; Michael Stephenson directs.

 

ORIGINAL MOVIES

DEAD  SOULS

On his 18th birthday, Johnny Petrie learns he was adopted when he
inherits a farm in Maine, abandoned for the 18 years since his natural
family died at the hands of his father, the local preacher. Eager for
a new life, he leaves home to start over in his new dwelling. However,
as he digs into his past, he soon uncovers the horrifying details of
his father’s questionable teachings.  In a frightening revelation, he
also learns that his return has revived decades-old forces trapped in
the home and sets in motion a heart-stopping finale to a ritual that
already claimed the lives of his family.  Dead Souls is adapted from
the novel by Bram Stoker Award Finalist Michael Laimo.   The film is
written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys; Andrew Gernhard
and Zach O’Brien will produce for Synthetic Cinema International.

BENEATH

When a group of young friends commemorating their high school
graduation take a trip to the remote Black Lake, their celebration
turns into a nightmare with the sudden appearance of a bloodthirsty,
underwater predator.  Stuck in a leaking boat with no oars, the teens
face the ultimate tests of friendship and sacrifice during a
terror-stricken fight for survival.  Beneath is written by Tony Daniel
and Brian D. Smith, and directed by horror icon Larry Fessenden (The
Last Winter, Habit). Produced by Fessenden and Peter Phok for Glass
Eye Pix (Stake Land, The Innkeepers, I Sell The Dead).


ORIGINAL SPECIALS

REAL FEAR: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MOVIES 

Chiller investigates the terrifying factual stories that inspired some
of the scariest horror movies of all time, including Silent Hill, The
Amityville Horror, The Mothman Prophecies and Poltergeist, through
exclusive eyewitness interviews and reenactments of actual events.
Paranormal investigator Katrina Weidman (Paranormal State) travels
with three of her friends into the dark recesses of the unknown to
uncover the buried secrets behind these four iconic films. Real Fear:
The Truth Behind The Movies is executive produced by Larry Landsman
and John D'Auria for AEP Media.

CAN YOU SURVIVE A HORROR MOVIE?

Mythbusters meets What Would You Do? – with a twist - as Chiller goes
beyond the movie screen to confront the most terrifying realities of
today’s iconic film moments.  How fast would a zombie invasion spread?
Could someone live on blood alone?  How long could a human being
survive being buried alive?  These and other adrenaline-pumping
Hollywood moments are put to the test in this original special
produced by Richard Drew for Savannah Media.
                                            
Ian
Meh. Their "original" slate doesn't sound very good. But as long as
they keep up with airing a steady diet of purchased "micro"-horror
flicks (with a fair percentage of those actually being decent), I'll
be happy.