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Chiller unveils new 2013-2014 original movies

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Chiller today unveiled two additions to its growing slate of original films: Animal, from executive producer Drew Barrymore for Flower Films, and Deep in the Darkness, from Synthetic Cinema International.  Both will join the previously-announced Beneath and The Monkey’s Paw on Chiller’s 2013-2014 original films slate.

In an unprecedented move for the network, all four films will be available on VOD and have a limited theatrical release prior to their Chiller television debut. Under this new strategic approach, the network will continue to develop original movies for its schedule, but will also give select films added exposure by releasing them on VOD (in partnership with NBCU Digital Distribution) and in select independent theaters (in partnership with Synthetic Cinema International).

“Chiller is establishing a tradition of developing diverse and high-quality horror content with some of the best filmmakers in the genre,” said Thomas P. Vitale, EVP, Programming and Original Movies for Syfy and Chiller.  “With the creation of the new Chiller Films initiative, we’re thrilled to be able to not only nurture and develop great product alongside these talents, but also to help maximize the highest potential audience for these movies by providing distribution on multiple platforms.”

The first Chiller Films title to follow the new release will be the previously-announced original Beneath, from renowned horror director Larry Fessenden.  Beneath, which premiered at the Stanley Film Festival in May 2013, will launch its VOD and theatrical run on July 16 (including, notably, the IFC Center in New York).  The film will air on Chiller later this year.

The Monkey’s Paw will follow Beneath with a theatrical/VOD release on October 8, 2013 with an eye towards a 2014 television debut on Chiller; Deep in the Darkness and Animal are both slated for 2014 releases.

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