CHILLER AND SHAFTESBURY ANNOUNCE START OF PRODUCTION AND CAST FOR "SLASHER"
ENSEMBLE CAST LED BY KATIE MCGRATH, BRANDON JAY MCLAREN, STEVE BYERS, DEAN MCDERMOTT AND WENDY CREWSON
Chiller's First Original Series Starts Production in Sudbury, Parry Sound and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
TORONTO - July 28, 2015 - Chiller today announced casting and start of production for Slasher, an eight episode, one-hour psychological thriller series from Shaftesbury (also airing on Super Channel in Canada). Slasher, Chiller's first-ever original series, will be filmed in Sudbury, Parry Sound and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario until October 2015, with an eye towards a 2016 premiere.
"As the television destination for horror fans, Chiller is always seeking ways to expand its brand and reach more new viewers, so we're thrilled to be launching our first-ever original scripted series, Slasher, which joins our slate of original movies," said Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller. "Smartly written and suspenseful, this compelling anthology aligns perfectly with the network's growing slate."
Katie McGrath (Jurassic World, Dracula, Merlin) stars as Sarah Bennett, 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. As the murders escalate, long-buried secrets are revealed, making everyone around her a suspect... or a victim. Sarah finds herself questioning everything and everyone around her, including her husband Dylan (Brandon Jay McLaren, Graceland, The Killing), her grandmother Brenda Merritt (Wendy Crewson, Saving Hope, Revenge), family friend Cam Henry (Steve Byers, The Man in the High Castle) and the town's police chief, Iain Vaughn (Dean McDermott, Ecstasy, CSI).
"With Slasher, I wanted to tell a modern-day monster story - but instead of a mythological creature, the "monster" in our series is all too human," said Aaron Martin, creator, writer and executive producer, Slasher. "The series is a fusion of some of my favorite thriller genres - the classic slasher film, the contemporary murder mystery and the timeless works of my favorite crime writer, Agatha Christie."
Additional cast include Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Enuka Okuma (Rookie Blue), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), Patrick Garrow (Hannibal, Bitten), Christopher Jacot (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Mayko Nguyen (Defiance, Cracked), Rob Stewart (Killjoys, Suits), Hannah Endicott-Douglas (Casino Jack), Shawn Ahmed (MsLabelled, Paranormal Investigators), Jessica Sipos (Dark Matter), Jefferson Brown (Rookie Blue, Degrassi: The Next Generation), Mark Ghanimé (Helix), Dylan Taylor (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Covert Affairs), Booth Savage (Mr. D.), Victoria Snow (Cra$h & Burn), Sabrina Grdevich (Skins) and Rainbow Sun Francks (The Listener).
Developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with Super Channel and Chiller, Slasher is written and created by Aaron Martin (Killjoys, Being Erica) and directed by Craig David Wallace (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil). Aaron Martin, Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie are executive producers. Casting by Stephanie Gorin. Content Media Corporation is the distributor. Slasher is funded with the participation of the COGECO Program Development Fund.
With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television and digital platforms, sold in 120 countries worldwide. Shaftesbury's slate includes David Shore's new series, Houdini & Doyle, for Sony Pictures Television, Shaw Media, ITV and Fox; thriller series Slasher for Super Channel and Chiller; nine seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; and hidden camera comedy series Fool Canada for CBC, starring Will Sasso. Shaftesbury's digital studio, Smokebomb Entertainment, produces convergent experiences for television and branded entertainment projects including the hit YouTube series Carmilla, funded by the U by Kotex(R) brand; and fashion-focused series MsLabelled for Shaw Media and Schick(R) Quattro for Women. Shaftesbury/Smokebomb recently launched shift2, an innovative brand agency that targets millennials on YouTube. Visit us online at http://shaftesbury.ca.
Chiller is an entertainment brand delivering round-the-clock scares with its commitment to producing diverse and high-quality horror content. Chiller's eclectic slate of entertainment includes a broad offering of original movies and specials, genre films, documentary and reality shows (Scream Queens) along with suspenseful series (The River, X-Files, 666 Park Avenue, Alcatraz, Tales from the Darkside). With its recently-created Chiller Films initiative, Chiller also produces feature films for select theaters and On-Demand. Chiller network is currently available in 40 million homes. To learn more, visit: www.chillertv.com. Chiller. Scary Good.