Chiller is the latest network to officially get in on the scripted original series game. Syfy’s sister network has picked up anthology entry Slasher from Murdoch Mysteries indie Shaftesbury Films as their first ever original series. Production begins this Summer in Sudbury for a late 2015 premiere.
Slasher is an anthology series in a similar vein to American Horror Story with each season focussing on a new “self contained” story. The show’s debut run will follow the plight of a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying copycat murders – based on the widely-known, grisly killings of her parents.
“Chiller delivers a broad range of compelling horror programming, from classic edge-of-your-seat thrillers to thought-provoking psychological dramas,” said Dave Howe, President of Syfy & Chiller. “Given Chiller’s success in the original film space with Animal and The Boy, we’re thrilled to premiere our first-ever original series, Slasher, later this year.”
Eight episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season, which Chiller developed alongside Shaftesbury Films and Canadian network Super Channel, who will air Slasher north of the border. Aaron Martin created the series and is penning the scripts. Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie are the executive producers, while Craig David Wallace is attached to direct.
In addition to handing out an eight episode series order to Slasher, Chiller has also given the greenlight to two new original movies – Lifeforce and Siren. Penned by Steve B. Harris, David E. Williams and Steve Kriozere, Lifeforce is a reimagining of the 1985 feature film of the same name; while Siren, from Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski, tells the story of a bachelor party that becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities