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Chiller adds Deep in the Darkness, Drew Barrymore's Animal to original film slate

06.20.2013by: Kevin Woods

Horror network Chiller announced the addition of two features to its line-up of 2013-2014 original movies and we got the deets on both projects for ya.

Deadline is reporting that the horror network has picked up the Sean Patrick Thomas and Dean Stockwell-starring DEEP IN THE DARKNESS, a tale of a NYC doctor who moves his family to a small town only to discover a race of creatures living in the woods behind their home, as well as scooping up ANIMALS, which is executive produced by Drew Barrymore and her Flower Films banner, which follows a group of friends stranded in an isolated cabin who find themselves hunted by a predator. Both films join previously announced features BENEATH (which we last told you about HERE), from director Larry Fessenden, and THE MONKEY'S PAW, adapted from W.W. Jacobs’s short story, to launch Chiller Films’ new multiplatform release strategy. The four titles will get limited theatrical runs via Synthetic Cinema International before debuting on VOD in partnership with NBCU Digital Distribution.

The synopsis for DEEP IN THE DARKNESS reads...

Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City behind for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town’s deepest secret: a terrifying – and controlling – race of creatures that live amongst the darkness in the woods behind his home. Deep in the Darkness stars Sean Patrick Thomas and Dean Stockwell, and is produced by Andrew Gernhard and Zach O’Brien for Synthetic Cinema International (Remains, Dead Souls). The film is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys. Based on the novel by Michael Laimo.

ANIMALS, which is written by Thommy Hutson and Catherine Trillo and directed by Brett Simmons, features creature effects by the legendary Gary J. Tunnicliffe. The synopsis for ANIMALS reads...

When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, blood thirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival. Animal is from executive producers Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen, and producers Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell, Kelly Smith and Thommy Hutson for Flower Films.

Both of these new projects sound promising. We'll keep you posted as to when they'll be hitting theaters, VOD and Chiller.

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Source: Deadline



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