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Drew Barrymore’s getting back into horror. The versatile actress might be better known these days for feel-good films like Big Miracle or romcoms in the vein of Going the Distance, but she also starred in the 1984 Stephen King adaptation of Firestarter and a brief but memorable role in Wes Craven’s Scream. Now she’s set to produce Animals for Chiller through her Flower Films company, Deadline reports.
Here’s the official synopsis for Animal:
When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, blood thirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival. Animal is from executive producers Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen, and producers Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell, Kelly Smith and Thommy Hutson for Flower Films. The film is written by Thommy Hutson and Catherine Trillo and directed by Brett Simmons; creature effects are by Gary J. Tunnicliffe.
Chiller also announced Deep in the Darkness, starring Sean Patrick Thomas (The District, Save the Last Dance) and Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap, Battlestar Galactica), based on the novel by Michael Laimo. Here’s that film’s rundown:
Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City behind for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town’s deepest secret: a terrifying – and controlling – race of creatures that live amongst the darkness in the woods behind his home. Deep in the Darkness stars Sean Patrick Thomas and Dean Stockwell, and is produced by Andrew Gernhard and Zach O’Brien for Synthetic Cinema International (Remains, Dead Souls). The film is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys. Based on the novel by Michael Laimo.
Chiller has two other films in the works, a new adaptation of W.W. Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw and a friends-stuck-in-a-leaky-boat-besieged-by-an-underwater-monster movie called Beneath. The NBC-owned cable horror channel plans to release all four films in limited release to theaters as well as video on demand services before airing them on the channel at a later date. Beneath hits theaters first on July 16 with Monkey’s Paw following on Oct. 8. Animals and Deep in the Darkness are not yet scheduled.