Here's some news that's sure to give you some goosebumps! A Hollywood Reporter exclusive states that the specialty network Chiller has unveiled four all new projects, including network films and specials.
The original film "The Monkey's Paw," adapted by Macon Blair from the classic horror short-story by W.W. Jacobs, will star "Terra Nova" and "Avatar" actor Stephen Lang, "Harper's Island"'s C.J. Thomason, and "Legion" and "Alien 3" star Charles S. Dutton. The story has been reimagined in numerous forms, with the basic premise of a cursed monkey's paw capable of granting wishes, often with unintended and ghoulish consequences. The film will be produced by Ross Otterman and TMP films with director Brett Simmons helming the picture.
On top of "The Monkey's Paw" film, Chiller is teaming with six filmmakers to produce their first anthology horror release. "Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear," also pegged for a 2013 launch, will feature five shorts each revolving around (you guessed it) the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.
The network also announced two new specials in their "Chiller 13" line. The specials each tackle a different seedy topic, mining classic horror and suspense films of the past as well as interviews with industry veterans for a countdown/history-style show. For the uninitiated, be sure to check out "Chiller 13: Horror's Creepiest Kids" for a delightfully creepy nostalgia trip. The latest additions to the series will involve "Horror's Most Wanted" and "Most Horrifying Hook-Ups," with the latter set to premiere, appropriately enough, on Valentine's Day 2013.
Chiller is one of those underdog specialty channels I've pulled for since its inception -- a network dedicated to the horror and suspense genre, it's been the place to go for reruns of classic tv fare like "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits" as well as original/debut films, further embracing the genre when networks like SyFy run away from it. Their latest steps to legitimizing the network seem to show they are doing a lot of things right and are poised to make a big impact on genre fans in the coming years.