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Chiller remaking Lifeforce, crafting feature of VHS segment Amateur Night!

05.05.2015by: Eric Walkuski

Chiller is trying to rev up its original content with a pair of new movies and a dramatic TV series. Surprises abound, as one movie is a remake of Tobe Hooper's cult classic LIFEFORCE, while the other is a feature-length version of David Bruckner's V/H/S segment "Amateur Night."

First up is Slasher, Chiller's first original series:

Slasher follows 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.  

The plan for Slasher sounds ambitious (and a bit like what's going on with American Horror Story): The eight-part season serves as the first installment of an anthology series, where each season exists as a self-contained hybrid of the slasher subgenre of horror films and the traditional murder mystery. Over the course of the Slasher series, a variety of mysteries will unfold, building towards a climactic finale.

Developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with Chiller and Super Channel and distributed by Content, Slasher was written and created by Aaron Martin (Killjoys, Degrassi: The Next Generation) and directed by Craig David Wallace (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil). The show will premiere on Chiller in late 2015.

Now, here's the deal with LIFEFORCE:

 A reimagining of the 1985 classic film (based on Colin Wilson’s novel “The Space Vampires”), Lifeforce follows a group of astronauts who encounter a derelict alien spacecraft hiding an ancient secret. At the vessel, the explorers discover three perfect humanoids who are returned to Earth… and unleash a terrible plague upon the planet.

The original film, starring Steve Railsback, Patrick Stewart and Mathilda May, was directed by Tobe Hooper. Steve B. Harris (Friday the 13th, Amityville: The Awakening) will produce for Diversion3 along with Mark Altman (Castle, Necessary Roughness) Mark Gottwald (DOA: Dead or Alive) and David E. Williams (Femme Fatales) from a story by Harris, Altman and Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Castle). LIFEFORCE will premiere in late 2015.

Meanwhile, SIREN - the one based on "Amateur Night" - goes like this:

A bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities.

SIREN was written by Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski, executive produced by David Bruckner and Brad Miska and produced by Gary Binkow for Collective Digital Studios.

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Extra Tidbit: What do you think of what chiller has up its sleeve with these projects?
Source: Deadline

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