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Chiller TV Ramps Up Original ProgrammingInstead of just showing endless reruns over and over and over again, Chiller TV is finally finding its footing and is officially ramping up its original content for the new year! Between this and FEARnet, our horror channel prayers may finally be answered.

According to Variety, NBC/Universal horror network Chiller is doubling down on original programming, with the filmmakers behind the 2009 Troll 2 documentary Best Worst Movie prepping a new feature titled The American Scream to debut this year.

In it documentarians Meyer Shwarzstein and Lindsay Stephenson follow haunted house enthusiasts, in much the same way that Worst Movie explored the evolution of 1990 monster movie Troll 2 from a critically maligned flop to a cult favorite.

Just like sister net Syfy caters to science fiction and fantasy aficionados, Chiller aims to tap into different veins of horror fandom with its new slate. Author cred is a big deal at the net: Michael Laimo’s novel Dead Souls, about a teen who inherits his crazy preacher father’s mysterious house, will get a telepic adaptation alongside the previously announced Brian Keene’s Ghoul.

Meanwhile, horror hyphenate Larry Fessenden is developing a suspense horror pic dubbed Beneath, set in a leaky, oarless boat floating in the middle of a lake with a monster in it.

None of the scripted films have airdates. American Scream is set for October.

Chiller is also booking new specials — AEP Media’s “Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies” features Katrina Weidmanan, who appeared on “Paranormal State” on A&E. The show looks into the true stories that inspired horror flicks including Silent Hill, The Amityville Horror, The Mothman Prophecies and Poltergeist.

The second series is “Can You Survive a Horror Movie?” from Savannah Media, which answers pressing questions about subjects including the actual speed of a zombie invasion and exactly how long a person can survive being buried alive.

More on all of these projects soon.

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Must-See: Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees Fan Short Film

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The short film titled Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees made its much-anticipated debut on YouTube channel CallMeJeff86 on January 15th, 2018.

The film is a passion project that pits two horror movie icons against each other; it’s Michael Myers from Halloween against Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th in a bloody fight to the finish.

What are you waiting for? Give the 3-part short a watch below, and then let us know what you think!

Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees is written and directed by Mason C. McDonald and stars Jeff Payne as Michael Myers, Dustin Miller as Jason Voorhees, and John Alton as the Vengeful Father.

Don’t forget to follow the film on Instagram and Twitter!

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

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A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations

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The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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