Totally Killer: Kiernan Shipka, Olivia Holt time travel slasher earns R rating

The time travel slasher Totally Killer, a Blumhouse production starring Kiernan Shipka and Olivia Holt, has earned an R rating

Thirteen months ago, we learned that Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Olivia Holt (Cruel Summer) had signed on to star in the time travel slasher Totally Killer for Blumhouse. Now the Motion Picture Association has confirmed that their ratings board has given Totally Killer an R rating for “bloody violence, language, sexual material, and teen drug/alcohol use“… which is pretty much what I would expect to see in a slasher.

Nahnatchka Khan (Always Be My Maybe) directed the film from a screenplay by Hocus Pocus 2 writer Jen D’Angelo, based on an original script by David Matalon (The Clearing) and Sasha Perl-Raver (Let’s Get Merried). The story follows Jamie (Shipka) whose mom, Pam, is terrorized by the resurgence of the Sweet Sixteen Killer — a masked maniac that slaughtered a group of teenage girls in the ‘80s. With the help of her friend Amelia, Jamie travels back in time to 1987 and teams up with the teen version of her mom (Holt) to try and stop the killer.

Shipka and Holt are joined in the cast by Kelcey Mawema as Jamie’s friend Amelia, Julie Bowen as the modern day Pam, Lochlyn Munro as Adult Blake, Charlie Gillespie as Teen Blake, Stephi Chin-Salvo as Marisa Song, Anna Diaz as Heather Hernandez, Jeremy Monn-Djasgnar as Teen Randy Finkle, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson as Teen Lauren, Ella Choi as Teen Kara Molnar, Liana Liberato as Tiffany Clark, Nathaniel Appiah as Teen Doug Summers, and Jonathan Potts as Adult Chris Dubusage. Randall Park is also in there, playing an unspecified role.

Totally Killer was produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse and Adam Hendricks and Greg Gilreath for Divide/Conquer. Khan and Chloe Yellin executive produce for Fierce Baby Productions, and Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold are executive producing for Blumhouse Television. Brian Parker is also an executive producer on the film.

Khan had this to say about the project: “The idea of a horror-comedy time-travel movie is, I’m gonna be honest, something I never thought of in my life. So when I was approached by the amazing creatives at Blumhouse and Amazon about Totally Killer, it was just so unique and exciting I had to be involved. And then add this incredible cast on top of that? Everybody get readyyyyyyy.

’80s slasher movies are some of my favorite things to watch, so I’m totally on board to watch a movie that uses time travel to take its slashing back to the ’80s.

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Source: Film Ratings

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