NBCU’s Horror Network Will Produce Its First Original Series

Chiller partners with Canadian broadcaster for 'Slasher' show

Chiller, the NBCUniversal network meant for horror aficionados, is partnering with a Canadian broadcaster for its first original series. Slasher follows a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, and finds herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying murders.

Slasher will begin production on an eight-episode season this summer in Sudbury, Ontario. The series will also air on Canadian broadcaster Super Channel.

"Given Chiller's success in the original film space with Animal and The Boy, we're thrilled to premiere our first-ever original series, Slasher, later this year," said Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller.

Slasher is part of a slate of new offerings from the network, which is now available in about 40 million U.S. homes. New original films include:

  • Lifeforce: A reimagining of the 1985 classic film (based on Colin Wilson's novel The Space Vampires), follows a group of astronauts who encounter a derelict alien spacecraft hiding an ancient secret. The explorers discover three perfect humanoids who return to Earth and unleash a terrible plague on the planet.
  • Siren: A bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator on the festivities. Siren is adapted from David Bruckner's short film Amateur Night, one of the segments featured in the 2012 Sundance premiere of the anthology thriller V/H/S.

Additionally, Chiller is partnering with Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide for a monthly horror series. The network will also sponsor the second annual "Killer Shorts" contest of student-produced short films.